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.
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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.
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.
Technology breakthrough: 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material on clothing
First reflective materials with high brightness (>400 RA)
Firecoat trim Fluorescence, 500 RA reflective material withstanding 260 °C
Athletic footwear and apparel with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
Performance material for extremely harsh conditions and occupations – 9910 industrial wash invented
First triple trim with aramid fabric backing
First comfort trim for better movement and moisture management
Multi-function built-in construction – high stretch, rich colour and high brightness – C790 Carbon Black
First flame resistant, industrial wash reflective material to meet 100 cycles industrial wash (ISO 15797 table 4, process 2)
3M Scotchlite Reflective Fabrics are designed for use on protective clothing and recreational apparel.
3M Scotchlite Reflective Transfer Films are designed for use on protective clothing and recreational apparel.
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