On Wednesday 5 November 2014 the new 3M headquarters at Technopolis Science Park in Delft were officially opened. The unique round building has been built making use of tens of 3M’s own inventions and innovations, such as the lighting technology, air and water filers, decorative films as well as 3M’s Very High Bonding (VHB) gluing technology used to glue together all glass panels in the building. Thus making the building very open and transparent, in line with company philosophy.
Innovation Experience Center
The throbbing heart of the new headquarters is the Innovation Center, where 3M demonstrates its most important ingenious technologies. Two floors have been equipped for this showroom to welcome some 3,000 visitors per year. Besides customers, visitors also include third party professionals including representatives from the chemical sector and for example, students from universities and schools who get the chance to be introduced to 3M technologies.
“This is an inspiring place to brainstorm with customers and show them ideas”, says Patrick Rogiers, managing director 3M Benelux. “Similar centers where we collaborate like this with our customers are based in London and Madrid, as well as in Minneapolis-St. Paul in the USA, obviously.” Besides the Innovation Center, the building in Delft is also home to a laboratory and an auditorium.
The choice for Delft was an obvious one for 3M. Rogiers: “This move required a long period of preparations. We opted for the Science Park to allow us to work closely with the Technical University Delft and other technology companies in the vicinity.”
Science Park Technopolis Delft is currently being developed as one of the top locations for research and development in Europe. The site is intended for knowledge-intensive companies active in sectors with links to TU Delft’s excellence in scientific research. Technopolis Delft is being developed by TU Delft in collaboration with the Municipality of Delft and the City of Rotterdam.
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. In the Benelux 3M employs 1,000 people, divided over 7 locations in Belgium and the Netherlands.