3M Chooses Korea For New Manufacturing Plant

In order to meeting Asia's need for respiratory protection products, 3M chose Hwaseong, Korea for its new manufacturing facility. Located 20 miles outside of Seoul, the plant will manufacture maintenance-free respirators and elastomeric facepiece respirators.

These products, sold to both industrial and professional customers, will meet the market demand created by companies that have a greater awareness of workplace safety according to a company statement.

"This investment strengthens our ability to better serve our customers in Asia and meet the growing demand for our respiratory protection products," said Michael Kelly, division vice president, 3M occupational health and environmental safety division. "This world-class facility brings us closer to our customers giving us greater speed-to-market."

Over the last few years, 3M has made manufacturing investments to meet demand for respiratory protection products, including adding manufacturing lines at its facilities in Valley, Neb.; Aberdeen, S.D.; and Aycliffe, U.K.

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