Builders' Merchants News

3M adds to its structural offering

Published:  21 April, 2009

BRACKNELL: 3M, the diversified technology company, has further extended its offering to the structural adhesives and sealants market through the strategic acquisition of France-based manufacturer EMFI SA.

EMFI's high-performance polyurethane, silicone and hybrid adhesives and sealants complement 3M's core adhesives product line and will add to the company's service to this fast-growing segment of the market.

The EMFI range includes interior and exterior products for construction, finishing and repair; parquet flooring adhesives; gripper adhesives; panel and decorative adhesives; and elastomeric joint sealants.

James Gravestock, business development manager, construction markets, at 3M, commented: "EMFI is a company with a long-standing commitment to research and development and innovation. Acquisitions such as this support both 3M's core structural adhesives business and growth strategy to expand into adjacent markets."

In January, the company made its range of products for the construction industry available to the builders' merchant sector.

3M is appointing some builders' merchants as distribution partners and is interested in hearing from others who would like to know more about stocking its products. These include high bonding tapes, gaffer tapes and masking tapes; adhesives and sealants; personal protective equipment (PPE); abrasives; wall and roofing coatings; anti-slip flooring and matting; water filters; and electrical products including insulation tape, self-amalgamating tape, and wiring and cable management products.

In March, the company launched the dual lock construction release system. With a slim engagement width, quick, strong and robust application, the fastener has the added benefit of allowing for last minute adjustments - while maintaining its full durability.

Dual Lock fasteners use hundreds of mushroom-shaped stems that interlock when pushed together to provide its strength. The durability of the design allows the fasteners to be opened and closed hundreds of times and still maintain the same tensile strength, said 3M.