3M, one of the largest multinational companies operating in Taiwan, hosted the AmCham Taipei staff at its Customer Technology Center in Yangmei on September 25. Jeffrey Tung, Managing Director of 3M Taiwan, provided a briefing about the company’s 51-year history in Taiwan and its leading role in driving science-based innovation. The guests had the opportunity to walk through the impressive showroom area. Through hands-on demonstrations, visitors learned about 3M’s core technologies and witnessed how science can be “applied to life.”
In his briefing, Tung described how 3M applies materials science to its four major business units: Safety & Industrial, Transportation & Electronics, Health Care, and Consumer-based products. With an annual revenue of more than US $30 billion, the company currently has over 200 offices with 96,000 employees globally, and it holds more than 100,000 patents.
Tung noted that each of 3M’s R&D Centers develops its own unique products and innovative processes. The company shares its patents across business units to encourage continuous, collaborative efforts to drive innovation, producing products that are “safer, faster, and last longer.” He also stressed the vital role that 3M has played in working with governments to ensure sufficient supplies of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.