Sustaining Partner

About 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division

3M automotive products keep the world on the move, with innovative solutions for building, repairing and maintaining vehicles. From the collision repair professional to the individual vehicle enthusiast, people around the world trust 3M products to protect, repair and keep their vehicles looking showroom new.

3M has been a leader the automotive field for more than 100 years. We invented masking tape to help the first generation of vehicle customizers; Wetordry™ sandpaper to improve paint finishing; and disposable paint cups that help prevent errors while helping save time, paint and solvent. You can find 3M innovation at every stage of the repair – starting with our repair planning aid, CRiMP; all the way through to the final cleanup before returning the vehicle to the customer. All along the way our products and processes help produce better results more efficiently.

We’ve shared our body shop expertise through thousands upon thousands of hands-on demonstrations; Standard Operating Procedure documents and video; webcast training; helpful video on YouTube; and 3M Collision Repair Academy online training courses, some of which are eligible for I-CAR credits.

Our commitment to this industry extends beyond product performance to a careful stewardship of the world’s resources and environment. Serving the needs of our customers has made 3M a trusted leader in vehicle care and repair, and we are dedicated to earning that trust each and every day.

The 3M Story

Carrying more power to more people with lighter power lines. Helping manufacturers make more with less through leaner processes. Automating health care data so the right people get the right information to take action. These are some of the ways we’re working to support stronger communities and sustainable development across the globe. We see the world's challenges clearly and unite the people that dare to solve them. We innovate with purpose and use science every day to create real impact in every life around the world.

Here, our history inspires your future.

More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse, our products improve the daily lives of people around the world.

Our success and longevity were not apparent from the start. We tried. We failed. We tried something new. Repeat cycle. Innovation and perseverance drove our founders, and it continues to drive 3Mers today.