When 3M was looking for a location for its new headquarters in the Netherlands, the choice for Delft was an obvious one. Patrick Rogiers, managing director 3M Benelux: “We opted for the Science Park to allow us to work closely with the Technical University Delft and other technology companies in the vicinity.”
In November 2014 the new 3M headquarters at Technopolis Science Park in Delft were officially opened. The unique round building has been built making use of tens of 3M’s own inventions and innovations, such as the lighting technology, air and water filters, decorative films as well as 3M’s Very High Bonding (VHB) gluing technology used to glue together all glass panels in the building. Thus making the building very open and transparent, in line with company philosophy.
The throbbing heart of the new headquarters is the Innovation Center, where 3M demonstrates its most important ingenious technologies. Two floors have been equipped for this showroom to welcome some 3,000 visitors per year. Besides customers, visitors also include third party professionals including representatives from the chemical sector and for example, students from universities and schools who get the chance to be introduced to 3M technologies.
“This is an inspiring place to brainstorm with customers and show them ideas”, says Rogiers. “Similar centers where we collaborate like this with our customers are based in London and Madrid, as well as in Minneapolis-St. Paul in the USA, obviously.” Besides the Innovation Center, the building in Delft is also home to a laboratory and an auditorium.
The culture of creative collaboration at 3M inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. In the Benelux 3M employs 1,000 people, divided over 7 locations in Belgium and the Netherlands.