At a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and reception attended by government officials, diplomats and customers, 3M Chairman, President and CEO Inge Thulin addressed how 3M science and technology improves every life.
"The opening of our Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. reflects our Vision to improve every life through innovation," Thulin said. "Everyone who has an opportunity to experience this Center can see the power of 3M science and how we apply science to life."
The new Center brings 3M's technologies and solutions to policy discussions, introducing lawmakers, regulators, diplomats and other stakeholders to the unique capabilities and technology platforms of 3M.
Among the attendees at the opening were House Speaker Paul Ryan; Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Sen. Tina Smith; Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Todd Young; and Deputy Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios.
"The approach to this center builds on our solid foundation of creating memorable R&D experience centers to showcase our solutions and initiate or advance our dialogue with customers," said Rory Yanchek, VP, 3M Government Markets. "In D.C., we foster collaboration and co-creation with customers in a shared goal to deliver value while improving the lives of people around the world."
Design is prominent in the new Innovation Center. Of special note, is the lobby feature wall, "Ideas that Blossom," made of 3M materials. It is a visual representation of how ideas are seeded in 3M, and how they blossom to create unexpected connections-unique, customer-inspired solutions across our many markets. Inspired by D.C. geography - the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and the iconic cherry blossom - it connects the culture of 3M in a localized way for Washington, D.C. and serves as an illustration of how our solutions-based approach can be applied to Washington policy matters.
"Our culture is driven by curiosity and one that prides itself as being collaborative. The feature wall symbolizes how internal and external collaboration lead to solutions that can be applicable in multiple areas and can be amplified," said Eric Quint, VP and chief design officer, 3M.
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