3M Acquires Sealed Air Corp.s Interest in PolyMask Corp.

3M (St. Paul, Minn.) acquired Sealed Air Corp.’s 50% interest in PolyMask Corp., a joint venture between 3M and Sealed Air that produces protective films.

“PolyMask films are the cornerstone for the 3M protective film products platform,” said Charlie McKenna, business director, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. “As 100% owners, we’ll be able to use 3M technologies to expand more quickly into primary and adjacent markets such as electronics, construction, aerospace, marine and automotive with our comprehensive line of industrial adhesives and tapes.”

PolyMask protective films feature water-based acrylic adhesives, designed for temporary surface protection of carpets, metals, glass, plastic and wood to guard against scratching, marring, chipping, abrasion and UV during production, packaging, shipping and installation. The tapes are removed by the end-user, which may be a manufacturer or a consumer, depending on the product.

The joint venture was formed in 1991. PolyMask employs approximately 105 people at its operations center in Conover, N.C.

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