ST. PAUL, MINN. (July 25, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Global technology group 3M has launched two new plants in Wroclaw, Poland, to supply components for the aerospace and automotive industries.
The St. Paul-based company, which now has six production units operating in the Polish city, aims to concentrate its manufacturing across a wide product range in Poland to serve its Central and Eastern European markets.
3M's new space and aviation plant, part of the group's aerospace and aircraft maintenance division, manufactures a range of films, structural bonding adhesives and thermoset surface protective film. Customers include Airbus, Bell and Boeing.
“Wroclaw's geographical location will help improve the distribution of our materials to other countries in the region,” explained Denise Rutherford, CEO of 3M's aerospace and aircraft maintenance division.
The group's second new facility in Wroclaw's Special Economic Zone ‘Invest-Park' will focus on producing components for ceramic catalytic filters for diesel cars, trucks and buses. The Wroclaw unit will use a patented 3M technology to make fiber–based material in a dry process. Manufacture has to meet the strict requirements in EU countries for catalytic converters and diesel filters.
The two plants together are set to create around 100 new jobs in the Wroclaw area.
3M, which has already invested around $350 million in Poland, has a further two plants situated in Katowice and Gdansk. This year it is celebrating 20 years presence in the national market and a decade of manufacturing in the country.
In 2011, 3M is investing $83 million in Poland and says it is not planning to slow the pace of spending there.
“Our plan is to make Poland the key country for 3M, the country that will produce the majority of products exported to markets in Central and Eastern Europe,” said John Bowers, director of production and logistics at 3M for Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa (MEA).