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Pregis to Buy 3M’s Temporary Protective Films Business

Published on 2016-09-12. Author : SpecialChem

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- 3M has entered into an agreement to sell the assets of its temporary protective films business to Pregis. The business is a provider of adhesive-backed temporary protective films used in a broad range of industries.

3M to Focus on its Core Adhesives, Sealants & Tapes Businesses

3M’s temporary protective films business is a provider of adhesive-backed temporary protective films used in a broad range of industries, including:
  • Automotive
  • Appliance
  • Metalworking
  • Building and Construction.

The business has annual global sales of approximately $50 million.

“After completing an in-depth strategic portfolio review, we decided to exit this business and focus on investing in our core adhesives, sealants, and tapes businesses,” said Ty Silberhorn, vice president and general manager, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division.

Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer, Pregis Says:

“Growth within the protective films category is very strategic to Pregis. Purchasing 3M’s temporary protective films business allows us to accelerate our growth and bring the flexibility and high service levels of the Surface Guard protective films to a well-established customer base.”

Approximately 90 3M employees who primarily support 3M’s temporary protective films business in Conover, N.C., and field-based employees are expected to join Pregis following the sale of the business.

“The impressive manufacturing operation, R&D expertise and employee skillset makes this acquisition a welcome addition to the Pregis family. It will enable us to expand the Surface Guard protective films portfolio with new technology and provide more solutions to a larger customer base,” said Baudhuin.

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close during 2016. With respect to the sale of certain, very limited assets, relevant works councils will be consulted.

Upon completion of the sale of the business, 3M is expected to realize a small gain which will be offset by other actions during the remainder of 2016.

About 3M

3M applies science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, its 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

About Pregis

Pregis LLC is a leading provider of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection. The company offers solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food, beverage, healthcare, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, furniture, electronics, metals, construction and military/aerospace.

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Source: 3M
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