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3M Wins the Prestigious Gaia Award at ‘The Big 5’ 2013


UAE, December 2013
Technology major showcases the applications of acclaimed VHB™ Green Building solution with live demonstrations

3M, a global leader in innovation was recently awarded the coveted Gaia Award for its VHB™ Green Building solution at 2013 edition of The Big 5 event held in Dubai.

Nominated in the Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants category at the Gaia awards, 3M’s VHB™ Green Building solution emerged as the clear winner owing to the tape fasteners’ convenience and simplicity, which are ideal for use in many interior and exterior bonding applications. In many situations, this can even replace rivets, spot welds, liquid adhesives and other permanent fasteners.

Eligible for LEED credits, the 3M VHB™ Tapes are made with acrylic foam which is viscoelastic in nature and thus gives it the foam energy absorption and stress relaxing properties that provides these tapes its unique characteristics.

Commenting on 3M’s participation at The Big 5 and winning the Gaia Awards, Fadi Medlej – Industrial Business Manager in MEA region said: “3M’s commitment to the green movement is expanding with the growing demand from various stakeholders. Our products are recognized for their flexibility, efficiency and superior end-use performance. Being a global corporation, our responsibility goes beyond performance that customers expect; it also encompasses the environmental impact that comes with large volume manufacturing. Environmental awareness is becoming increasingly important within the construction industry in this part of the world as more and more legislations and rules require constructors to meet international green building standards.”

He further added, “The VHB™ solution has been designed to meet the requisite legislations while delivering optimum performance and the Gaia award recognition is a testament to its capabilities.

Today, the 3M™ VHB™ Tapes are considered as the strongest tapes in the world, having the highest shear, tensile strength, impact resistance and durability. There are over 3000 buildings around the world which used 3M™ VHB tapes in bonding their ACM Cladding or Glass façades.

The “green building” is a revolutionary concept spreading across the world, with builders and manufacturers looking for products that can help them meet their goals. With their flexibility, efficiency and superior end-use performance, 3M’s range of solutions are well suited to meet these evolving requirements for the regions’ fast expanding construction industry.

The Gaia Awards are now recognized are industry’s most respected awards honoring those construction equipment and products that have truly integrated the concept of moving towards a more sustainable built environment. A panel of industry experts with acclaimed credentials selects winners who have demonstrated an exceptional and unique product that has successfully been integrated into the built environment in the MENA region.