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  • June Barberel-Prince

Achieving Excellence as a 3M Preferred Converter: What It Means

In the competitive landscape of the converting industry, striving for excellence isn't just a goal, it's a badge of honour. Imagine being not only recognised for your commitment to excellence but also endorsed by an industry leader like 3M. This is the reality for companies that hold the prestigious title of "3M Preferred Converter." In this article, we delve into the significance of being part of this elite program, explore its origins and advantages, and shed light on what it truly means to be a 3M Preferred Converter.

3M preferred converter
3M preferred converter

The Essence of "3M Preferred"

When a converter proudly declares "We're 3M Preferred," it signifies more than just a label; it's a statement of the company's exceptional capabilities and deep alignment with 3M's standards. A 3M Preferred Converter:

  • Has Access to Cutting-Edge Adhesives: These converters have the privilege of utilising the latest and most advanced adhesive technologies developed by 3M.

  • Collaborates with Design Engineers: They are welcomed into 3M's laboratories to engage with their design engineers, fostering innovation and problem-solving.

  • Thrives on Complexity: The converters employ skilled engineers who excel at tackling intricate projects and technological challenges.

  • Embraces Innovation: They eagerly embrace new technologies and products, contributing to the evolution of the industry.

  • Demonstrates High Volume and Excellence: These converters not only sell a substantial volume of 3M products but also maintain an unwavering commitment to excellence.

From 3M's perspective, partnering with top-tier converters makes perfect sense. It allows 3M to tap into the expertise of these converters, gather invaluable feedback on new technologies, and establish a strong bond of trust. In some cases, 3M may even entrust these converters with its latest products, confident in their ability to manufacture top-quality products. This partnership benefits both parties, fostering loyalty and mutual growth.

The Power of "Preferred": What Matters Most

While achieving the status of a 3M Preferred Converter is undoubtedly an accomplishment, it's how a converter leverages this recognition that truly matters.

  • Engaging Collaboration: Are the converter's engineers collaborating with 3M's design experts? Are they utilizing 3M's advanced laboratory facilities?

  • Training Utilisation: Is the converter taking full advantage of 3M's training programs, both for their teams and for educating their customers?

  • Strategic Alignment: Does the converter contribute to market strategy discussions with 3M, aiding the growth of the industry as a whole?

Going Beyond "Preferred"

While the pinnacle of recognition is being a 3M Preferred Converter, there are even more elite levels of acknowledgement within 3M's ecosystem:

  • 3M Medical Materials and Technology Preferred Converter: Recognizes converters for their innovation in adhesive applications within the medical device sector.

  • 3M Supplier of the Year: Reserved for suppliers who excel in strategic spending, compliance, and delivering value to 3M.

  • 3M Preferred Converter Council: A platform for valuable interactions between 3M and its most vital customers, fostering innovation and growth.

  • 3M Select Converter Program: Recognises converters maintaining excellence despite handling lower volumes.



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