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3M Tender Offer for Winterthur Technologie AG to Result in Majority Ownership

Friday, February 25, 2011 12:00 am CST


ST. PAUL, Minn.

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ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M announced today that it has received acceptances of its offer for shares of Winterthur Technologie that, when considered together with shares purchased by 3M, will result in 3M owning close to two-thirds of the shares of Winterthur. Based on the current rate of tenders, 3M expects to be substantially above two-thirds at the end of the additional acceptance period.

The additional acceptance period for the tender offer expires on Friday, Feb. 25, at 4:00 p.m. CET. Preliminary results of the offering will be announced on Feb. 28 and definitive results on Mar. 3. 3M previously announced its agreement to acquire Winterthur for CHF 62.00 per share.

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About Winterthur

The Winterthur Technology Group (WTG), with registered office in Zug, is a leading international supplier of complex grinding technology with production works in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, the USA, Russia, China and Korea. WTG holds a 40 % interest in Wendt (India) Ltd., a stock market listed company. WTG is a holding company incorporated under Swiss law and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It employed in 2008 over 1,500 persons and reported sales in excess of EUR 219 million in the year 2008. In close contact with its customers, the company develops and manufactures high margin consumer goods in the grinding technology segment with a high technology content, in particular bonded grinding tools which are used in the cutting tool, automotive, turbine, machine tool and steel industry. The Group’s main brands are Winterthur, Wendt, Rappold and SlipNaxos. WTG products – ceramic grinding wheels, synthetic resin bonded grinding wheels, cut-off wheels, diamond and CBN grinding and dressing tools, together with grinding machine tools – are distributed on all the relevant markets of Europe, North and South America and Asia.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.


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Investor Contacts:
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Bruce Jermeland, 651-733-1807

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