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Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Origins of Scotch, Sellotape and 3M and a what's your colour quiz

Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980) was an American inventor who worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co., and 3M in St.Paul, Minnesota, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape.

When Drew joined 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1924, it was a modest manufacturer of sandpaper. While testing their new Wet or dry sandpaper at auto shops, Drew was intrigued to learn that the two-tone auto paintjobs so popular in the Roaring Twenties were difficult to manage at the border between the two colours. In response, after two years of work in 3M's labs, Drew invented the first masking tape (1923), a two-inch-wide tan paper strip backed with a light, pressure sensitive adhesive.
The first tape that had adhesive along its edges but not in the middle. In its first trial run, it fell off the car and the frustrated auto painter growled at Drew, "Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to shove it!"[2] (By "Scotch," he meant "thrifty".) The nickname stuck, both to Drew's improved masking tape, and to his 1930 invention, Scotch Brand cellulose tape.
In 1930 he came up with the world's first transparent cellophane adhesive tape (called sellotape in the UK and Scotch tape in the United States). In the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, people began using tape to repair items rather than replace them. This was the beginning of 3M’s diversification into all manner of marketplaces and helped them to flourish in spite of the Great Depression.
Drew died in 1980 in Santa Barbara, California.

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the company name 3M?  3M, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation, originally known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
3M Company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is anAmerican multinational conglomerate corporation based in MaplewoodMinnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.
With over 79,000 employees, they produce over 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives,laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, medical products, car care products (such as sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits and optical films. 3M has operations in more than 60 countries – 29 international companies with manufacturing operations, and 35 with laboratories. 3M products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and many 3M products are available online directly from the company.

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