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Lille Region gets new vote of confidence from 3M

11 Jun 2013 | Investment

3M announces €12.5 million investment at Tilloy-lez-Cambrai plant

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3M has announced plans for a new investment at its Tilloy-lez-Cambrai site, which currently employs a workforce of 211. The US-based company is widely recognized as a leader in R&D and manufactures thousands of innovative products for a range of markets—industry, security and signage, electronics and energy, health care, and consumer products.

The new investment campaign will expand operations at Tilloy-lez-Cambrai and raise the plant’s profile by equipping it with the latest in hollow technology innovations, developed by 3M to manufacture glass microspheres.

Work on the facility, scheduled to start soon, will total €12.5 million and include a grinding unit, a weighbridge, parking for trucks, and a filling unit. These improvements will be the first step in a three-stage project that will extend over three years and ultimately create 41 jobs.

“This project is part of 3M’s growth strategy for the glass bubble market. It will enable us to meet growing demand in many industries—including the automotive and naval sectors, the oil industry and construction—and to anticipate future needs in other sectors, where the potential for new applications is enormous.  Our choice of Tilloy-lez-Cambrai for this investment is a testament to the benefits offered by the site and its teams, as well as to 3M’s attachment to France, where the group has had a presence for 60 years,” said Koen Wilms, 3M’s Managing Director in France.

Source: 3M

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