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Scotchlite Brand

3M™ Scotchlite™ Brand history


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3M is a pioneer in developing the science behind retroreflection and has been advancing the technology in new and groundbreaking ways for 80 years. 3M™ Scotchlite Reflective Materials help to increase wearer safety by enhancing visibility in all kinds of weather, work conditions and situations.​

​We continue to make advancements in reflective material innovations and play a long established role in personal safety. Our products are proven to be bright, durable and high quality, and are supported globally by world-class technical, marketing and laboratory services. 

Read here, how to prove, your clothes have the original 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material.

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    80 years of experience - 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

    In 1938 the world’s first ‘pavement marking’ with reflective material was applied on a road in Minnesota and the first night demonstration scheduled. When the MnDOT/3M team went to view the project, it had delaminated from the road. However, the failed pavement marking had re-attached itself to a fence post and the idea of reflective sheeting was born.

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    1939

    The birth of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material:
    On September 1st, 1939 the first traffic signs with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material were erected on the highway in Minnesota and a global brand and synonym for visibility was born.​

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    1951

    Technology breakthrough:
    3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material on clothing

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    1974

    First reflective materials with high brightness (>400 RA)

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    1985

    Firecoat trim Fluorescence, 500 RA ​reflective material withstanding 260 °C

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    1986

    Athletic footwear and apparel with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

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    1992

    Performance material for extremely harsh conditions and occupations – 9910 industrial wash invented​

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    2001

    First triple trim with aramid fabric backing

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    2010

    First comfort trim for better movement and moisture management

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    2016

    Multi-function built-in construction – high stretch, rich colour and high brightness – C790 Carbon Black​

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    2019

    First flame resistant, industrial wash reflective material to meet 100 cycles industrial wash (ISO 15797 table 4, process 2)​


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