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3M opening green R&D center in Taoyuan County

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Diversified US manufacturer 3M Co yesterday launched its Taiwan Research and Development (R&D) Center in Taoyuan County’s Yangmei (楊梅), which is its first green building in the Asia-Pacific region.

The R&D center has been accredited by the US Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-rated green building, a company executive said.

“As a company seeking product innovation, 3M has been dedicated to designing and manufacturing eco-friendly products with the latest technologies,” Paul Kim (金均卓), chairman of 3M’s local subsidiary, said at an opening ceremony for the building.

“To fulfill corporate social responsibility, we will exhibit our green products in the center in the future to raise public awareness of living a green life and inspire firms to upgrade industries,” he added.

Built with 100 percent green construction materials at a cost of US$1.5 million, the 933m2 center is built for Taiwan’s weather conditions and will reduce up to 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions through the use of more than 30 3M-branded products.

Outside the building, 3M has also built an ecological pond and installed wind turbines to supply electric power for the building.

Kim said the company planned to develop new products and cultivate Taiwanese researchers at the center. The center also welcomes other companies, local residents and educational institutions to visit, he added.

The company has a total of 1,000 employees in Taiwan and plans to assign about 400 of them to work in the center after it opens, Kim said.

Depending on the operation of the new R&D center, 3M might consider recruiting more personnel to join the company and develop more products, he added.

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