3M Named as Preferred Supplier to London Universities Purchasing Consortium

Diversified technology company 3M has been selected by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) as one of the preferred suppliers of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and services for libraries.

LUPC is an independent purchasing consortium that provides a service to London University and College institutions. Through consensus and mutual aspiration, members of LUPC collectively maximise purchasing power in the market place.

David Fletcher, marketing manager for 3M's Library Systems business explained: "To gain this prestigious status, we had to participate in a thorough assessment by tendering under EC regulations, which included careful evaluation of the standards and quality of service that we offer our customers, as well as confirming our capability to serve all institutions with stable and controlled solutions."

Darran Whatley, LUPC commodity group manager said: "The focus throughout the tender process was quality and consistency of service that could be offered to the LUPC membership and 3M was able to meet all these requirements to become one of our preferred suppliers on this agreement".

This important classification means that 3M and LUPC will work in collaboration to promote the benefits of selecting 3M Library Systems. Paul Woolvine, Sales and Marketing Manager for 3M Library Systems said: "We are delighted to be recognised as a preferred supplier to the London University Purchasing Consortium and we are looking forward to working closely together in the future to bring 3M next generation library systems and solutions to all LUPC Members"

For more information about 3M Library Systems, visit http://www.3M.co.uk/library

About 3M

3M - Practical and ingenious solutions that help customers succeed

3M is a $24.5 billion diversified technology company which, since 1902, has been creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

3M employs 76,200 people worldwide, producing thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets in some 200 countries. Its 45 technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life - the company has applied its expertise in RFID technology to deliver biometric passports; it is using its understanding of the healthcare industry to provide hospitals with infection prevention and detection solutions; and its digital signage offerings are revolutionising the way businesses communicate with their customers, their employees and the general public.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 4000 people across 18 locations, including 12 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

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