3M opens 5th plant to make ´glass bubbles´ for oil industry

Date: 2 December 2011
Source: 3M Global Headquarters/bizjournals.com

Date: 1 December 2011

3M Co. says it has opened a new plant in Brazil to make its popular "glass bubbles," which are hollow microspheres that allow deep-sea oil and gas drillers to operate at greater depths than in the past.

Maplewood-based 3M (NYSE: MMM) now has five plants making glass bubbles, with the others in France, South Korea and the United States.

The 25,000-square-foot Brazil facility is in Riberião Preto, which is about 200 miles north of São Paulo.

"An additional production facility is necessary to meet the projected level of demand," Keith Rutkowski, business manager for speciality additives in 3M´s Energy and Advanced Materials Division, said in a news release.

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