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3M adding to additives plant

October 11, 2012

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Oct. 11, 1 p.m. ET) — 3M Co. is adding equipment to increase capacity significantly for fluoroelastomer and polymer processing additives at its Decatur, Ala., plant.

The company said the investment — for which no dollar amount was given — will boost throughput and output capacity and should be completed by the second quarter next year. 3M fluoropolymers are used in automotive, aerospace, chemical processing and of other applications in the fluoroelastomer and polymer processing industries.

The project is in response to high global demand for polymers, said Paula Hubbard, global platform leader, 3M Energy and Advanced Materials Division.

The Decatur site is the largest fluoroelastomer manufacturing facility within St. Paul-based 3M.