3M Celebrates 50 Years of Innovative Window Film Products

Providing Consistent Solutions for Sun Control Since 1966

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When enjoying a sunny day at home or at the office, the last thing
anyone wants to worry about is cooling costs or the potential effects of
UV exposure. However, once your air conditioning bill arrives in the
mail or your upholstery fades beyond recognition, the damage has already
occurred, affecting your wallet and your design aesthetic. Recognizing
the need to protect the people and items that matter most, 50 years ago,
3M designed a Window
Film
that continues to deliver outstanding sun control, unparalleled
comfort and UV protection. Today, 3M
is providing Window Films encompassing everything from sun control to
safety and security.


Individuals across the country have installed the product in varied
locations including a home in Sausalito, Calif. with 180-degree views of
the San Francisco Bay and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,
home of Michael Jackson’s suits and Chuck Berry’s guitar. Despite the
unique components of each installation, every customer shared a common
goal – protecting valuable items without changing the appearance of
their windows.

“At 3M, we are always looking for ways to provide solutions to scenarios
our customers encounter every day and take pride in designing products
that stand the test of time,” said Tim Thornton, global business
director of 3M Renewable Energy Division. “Since its creation 50 years
ago, 3M Window Film has revolutionized the way we utilize a design
feature that can be applied on every home, every building and every
automobile.”

Building on the initial launch in 1966, 3M has worked diligently to
improve its original sun control window film offering to expand the
product’s reach to other areas including safety and security, automotive
and interior design. The company’s comprehensive window film portfolio
features products for residential, commercial and automotive markets,
including:

  • 3M™ Sun Control Window Film allows you to let the light in while
    helping to keep the heat and damage out. Best of all you can get these
    great benefits without changing the appearance of your home.
  • 3M™ Daylight Redirecting Film utilizes micro-replication to redirect
    light that would have originally hit the floor a few feet from the
    window, up onto the ceiling, helping to light the room as deep as 40
    feet from the window.
  • 3M™ Dichroic Glass Finishes Film provides the high-end, beautifully
    artistic look of dichroic glass without the high-end cost.
  • 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film and Attachment Systems can do more
    than shield you from high energy bills. They can help protect you from
    unwelcome events, such as break and entry, natural disasters, and bomb
    blasts.
  • 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films deliver excellent
    performance as compared to standard polyester films in blast and
    impact events, yet still maintain a high level of optical clarity.
  • 3M™ Automotive Window Film helps improve comfort and protect car
    interiors and occupants which is a hallmark of 3M Automotive Window
    Films.

“During the course of any given day, an individual may experience the
benefits of 3M Window Film without ever noticing its presence,” said
Thornton. “Despite its nearly invisible nature, the product is the
unsung hero of many homes and buildings as it rejects solar heat,
reduces fading and the effects of UV exposure and offers an additional
layer of protection to any window.”

In celebration of 3M Window Film’s golden anniversary, 3M has planned a
variety of unique communications throughout the year. For upcoming
events, go to 3M.com/Remarkable.
Most notably, the company launched a new creative campaign, highlighting
variations of the theme, “So remarkable you may not have noticed…”

3M’s Renewable Energy Division (RED) is helping lead the way to a
sustainable energy future. Critical advancements in 3M materials used in
solar photovoltaic and wind turbine components are driving down the cost
per watt, while improving scalability and reliability. 3M™ Window Films
help control the sun’s heat and UV rays, enabling cooler, more
comfortable vehicles and creating energy savings for business,
government and residential buildings. The window films also provide
added safety and security, during such events as attempted break-ins and
large-scale external forces.

For more information on 3M Window Films, please visit: 3M.com/Remarkable.

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connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s
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Contacts

Karwoski & Courage Public Relations
Meghan Cook,
612-342-9785
m.cook@creativepr.com
or
3M
Public Relations

Jane Kovacs, 512-984-6747
jkovacs@mmm.com