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3M Acquires Nida-Core

07 January 2011

3M has acquired the business of Nida-Core Corp., the manufacturer of structural honeycomb core and fibre-reinforced foam core materials based in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Nida-Cores portfolio includes a variety of structural honeycomb-cored and foam-cored products in either pre-cut or standard sizes, closed-molding cores including NidaFusion, composite panels, kiln-dried end-grain balsa, as well as a variety of curing compounds and accessories common to the composites market.

The acquisition of Nida-Core will allow us to build immediately upon our composite and engineered materials product portfolio, said Patrick Deconinck, vice president and general manager, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division (IATD).

3Ms Engineered Products and Solutions Department (EP&S), a department of IATD led by Vic Genco, general manager, will be the new reporting unit for Nida-Core within 3M. EP&S delivers a diverse suite of engineered products and solutions into differentiated industrial applications, including best-in-class composite resins, unique industrial fastening solutions, and other innovative solutions for industry.

Combining with 3M gives Nida-Core immediate access to 3Ms vast and global network, said Damien Jacquinet, founder and president, Nida-Core. I am personally very excited by the potential future growth of Nida-Core within 3M, and have committed to stay onboard to participate in the business. 3Ms proprietary portfolio of films and adhesives, combined with Nida-Cores wide range of core materials, can produce an impressive range of solutions for general industrial applications and emerging composites applications. Weve already experienced high growth this past decade but 3M will help speed up our development in major industries, such as wind blades and public transportation.

Nida-Core operates with a workforce of approximately 25 people. The acquisition agreement also provides for the acquisition by 3M of the business of Structiso SARL, a company affiliated with Nida-Core. Structiso is located in Aniche, France, and operates with a workforce of three people. The acquisition of Structiso is expected to be completed early in the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.






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