What makes 3M window
film really a 3M technology? Is it the superior adhesive
unmatched in the industry? Or perhaps the clarity and
consistent quality of the film? 3M window films are truly 3M products
because they are based on five core technologies that
have been the cornerstones of 3M's success in many diverse
global markets. These five technologies lie at the heart
of 3M, and allow it to develop, manufacture, and provide,
what it believes are the best products on the market.
3M is one of the Top-Five polyester film manufacturers
in the U.S., a credential of which many are unaware.
3M is the only window film manufacturer to manufacture
its own polyesters. In addition to window films, this
core technology is used to make 3M videocassettes, many
Scotch brand polyester-backed tapes, and Scotchpak
pouches and bags.
The second key technology that yields the high performance
of 3M window films
is metallization. 3M metallizes by vapor coating, sputter
coating, and E-Beam coating. All three of these technologies
are used to produce not only 3M
window films, but many other 3M products such as: Scotchlite
brand reflective films for traffic signs; Sasheen
brand decorative ribbons; and Scotchflex brand
3M has been developing adhesives for over seventy-five
years and is a world leader in adhesive technology.
Evidence of this technical leadership can be seen in
3M Post-it Notes, Scotch brand magic tapes,
3M Super 77 aerosol adhesive, and of course, 3M window
films. In fact, 3M is the only window film manufacturer
to manufacture its own adhesives specifically designed
for window film.
Abrasion resistance is the fourth key technology of
3M window films and has stemmed from 3M's expertise
in abrasive materials such as 3M sandpaper and Scotch-Brite
scouring pads. This understanding of how materials can
be abraded has moved 3M into a global position of leadership
in protecting surfaces from abrasion.
Combining all of the above components into one window
film requires the ability to apply very thin optically
clear coatings made of a variety of chemicals. Examples
of 3M's ability to coat very thin solutions are 3M photographic
and x-ray films. This 3M expertise has given 3M window films superior industry performance.