3M's Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Department yesterday announced plans to build a new aerospace-focused factory in Wroclaw, Poland. Expected to be operational by late 2009, the Poland facility will significantly increase the company's manufacturing capacity for structural bonding adhesives and surface protection products.
"The expansion into Poland is our response to the ongoing needs of our global aerospace customers, many of whom are located in Europe and Asia," said Brian Young, general manager of 3M Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Department. "This new factory will effectively double our capacity to support our customers where they do business and supply better service around the world."
An addition to its sister factory in Springfield, Mo., the new factory will be added to an already existing strategic 3M site that consolidates multiple businesses within one location to share critical mass, expertise, logistics and capabilities. Chosen specifically for its access to worldwide high-growth areas, the site will lend itself to key global customers.
"Through this significant investment, 3M is demonstrating a commitment to our customers," said Young. "Significant volume increase, dual-sourcing and strategic location shows that we are well-aligned with our customers' current needs and growth plans."