Advantages of glass beaded reflective material:
3M has built a reputation as an innovative company that applies proven science to solving real-world problems. This approach has been fundamental to the creation and development of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials over the last 80 years.
There is a core R&D team at St. Paul in the USA that is dedicated to evolving the products and technologies relating to reflective textile markets. Their innovative thinking has led to the launch of 7 new products into the European market over the last 3 years - 9925, 563x, 569x, 8932, C790, 5410 and 9945.
The R&D team keeps close ties with the global production plant for reflective materials at Brownwood (USA). This allows for a smooth transition from laboratory to production when new products are introduced, with R&D engineers on-hand to make the appropriate adjustments if required.
3M Brownwood is a leading manufacturing plant of reflective sheeting for different industries around the world. Key to the success of the products manufactured at Brownwood is that all stages of the production chain are undertaken on site – from the use of 3M’s own glassbeads, to vapour coating, coating and curing through to product testing. Each lot of 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material produced is evaluated for performance before release for sale; and depending on the product, these tests can include retroreflectivity, washing, dry cleaning, colour, vertical flame and heat soak.
For the European market there is a converting facility in Wroclaw (Poland) that increase the flexibility for European customers.
3M Reflective Science Lab facilities:
3M US, 3M Germany, 3M China, 3M Taiwan
3M Lab Services Support Locations:
3M Australia, 3M Canada, 3M Brazil and beyond
Global production facilities:
3M Reflective Converting Partners around the world Reflective material plants in North America and Europe
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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