The American multi-technology group 3M is building a new factory building at its Hilden site. Five million square meters of film are to be produced here every year.
Construction of the more than 2,600 square meter hall is scheduled to begin in early 2019. The two new lines for film coating and production are expected to go into operation in 2020 and produce around five million square meters of film per year. In total, 3M is investing around 65 million euros in this project, as press spokesman Stephan Rahn points out: a "very large investment" for 3M in Europe.
"The locations must apply for investments worldwide in the Group," says Kai Kröger, the municipal economic developer: "This is why the decision in favor of Hilden is good news for the 3M employees and for the entire city. It shows that the Hilden location is also competitive internationally."
Over the past two years, 3M already invested 11 million euros in Hilden in the construction of a new laboratory facility. This is the largest facility of its kind outside the USA. Here, researchers and developers test processes and products that are used in the automotive industry and the medical market, among other things. The company was founded in 1902 in the US state of Minnesota and employs around 90,000 people in 200 countries worldwide. 850 people currently work at the plant in Hilden – the largest production site in the whole of Europe. Today, 3M's portfolio comprises around 50,000 different products.