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3M strikes major M&E distributorship deal

3M, the diversified technology company, has signed a deal with one of the UK's leading suppliers of mechanical & electrical (M&E) components to the construction industry, Sunbury-on-Thames based Kem Edwards Ltd.

Kem Edwards Ltd, with branches in London, Bristol and Manchester, will promote 3M's acclaimed range of construction products, including tapes, adhesives, reclosable fasteners and PPE (personal protective equipment), to its nationwide customer base.

The arrangement will expand Kem Edwards Ltd's product offering which currently includes fixings, fastenings hand and power tools, site equipment, electrical and mechanical support systems and prefabrication. 3M has already provided detailed training for all of Kem Edwards Ltd's sales team.

Jason Halliwell, Trade Marketing Manager - Construction Markets Division at 3M, commented: "With more than 40 years' experience and a large customer base across the UK, Kem Edwards Ltd is a highly respected name in the construction M&E sector and we are delighted that they are acting as an official distributor for our range of construction products."

Phil Seymour, Sales Director of Kem Edwards Ltd added: "3M products are synonymous with quality and innovation and this deal allows us to expand our product portfolio and thus the comprehensiveness of our offering to the construction sector. We are confident that our customers will be impressed by the performance and value offered by 3M's products."

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3M - practical and ingenious solutions that help our customers succeed

3M is a $25 billion diversified technology company which, since 1902, has been creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

3M employs some 76,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. It produces thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets and its 45 technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life - the company has applied its expertise in RFID technology to deliver biometric passports; it is using its understanding of the healthcare industry to provide hospitals with infection prevention and detection solutions; and in 2008 it launched the world's first hand-held micro projector, the MPro110.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing more than 3,500 people across 17 locations, including 12 manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

3M Centre, Cain Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8HT
Tel: 08705 360036
www.3M.co.uk

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