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Smaller, Improved Filters Enhance Water Quality in Mains-fed coolers

Press Release: March 24, 2010

AP2-G filter range with miniaturised carbon block offers space and cost savings for vending machine operators

Bracknell, UK, 15 March 2010 Diversified technology company 3M today announced a new addition to its renowned range of AP2 water filters for mains-fed water coolers. Utilising enhanced filtration technology, the new 3M AP2-G filters use 53 per cent less plastic than the original AP2 range without compromising performance, making them a more compact and cost-effective choice for operators of cold water dispensing machines. By using less plastic in production the filters reduce waste and represent an environmentally responsible source of clean, great tasting, quality drinking water.

Compared to alternative offerings on the market, the new 3M AP2-G filters can bring significant savings in service costs owing to the field-proven Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) fitting retained from the existing AP2 range. The filter compatibility allows for a straight swap and with just a quarter turn of the SQC fitting the new filter can be installed in a matter of seconds without having to shut off the water supply. In addition, by reducing the sediment found in water from 1.0 to 0.5 micron, 3M AP2-G filters can protect water cooler units from mains sediment or other abrasive particles which may get into water systems, thus limiting maintenance costs associated with machine downtime.

The AP2-Gs reduction in plastic content is a direct result of the smaller cartridge dimensions enabled by 3Ms enhanced filtration technology. The technology enables a smaller carbon block matching the flow rate and capacity of the current AP2 filters, achieving the same micron ratings to remove unwanted components from the water, with an added option of a scale inhibitor. The AP2-G can also be recycled by separation into its components to promote recycling of plastic filter housings, thereby delivering an extra eco-friendly benefit.

3Ms patented filtration technology utilises a powdered, engineered media, combined with a unique binding matrix supporting small particles, to deliver superior efficiency and optimal performance.

Introducing the AP2-G filter, Katie Gibbs, Marketing Executive, 3Ms Purification division, said: Mains-fed water coolers incorporating efficient, high quality filtration represent the most environmentally responsible way to refreshing, clean drinking water in premises such as offices, factories, waiting areas and entertainment venues. 3Ms new AP2-G filter makes an even more convincing case by simultaneously reducing costs for operators and helping businesses to become carbon neutral.

Main specifications of the 3M AP2-G filter:
* Chlorine capacity: 4000 litres
* Rated flow rate: 2l/min.
* Particulate retention level: Cyst or 1 micron
* Supports VOC, lead, and polyphosphate filtering
* WRAS and NSF certification underway

For more information about the new AP2-G range of filters, please contact 3M on 0845 602 5237 or visit www.3M.co.uk/filtration.

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Notes to Editors:
3M and the environment
3M has been looking after the environment for 35 years with its 3Ps programme - Prevention Pollution Pays.
The programme has prevented more then 2.9 billion pounds of pollutants and helps to prevent pollution at source
The 3Ps program is a key element of 3Ms environmental strategy and in moving towards sustainability
Through the use of this programme and others 3M has received recognitions and accreditations for its work such as:
2008-2009 Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Energy Start Sustained Excellence Award 2005-2009
The Carbon Trust Standard in 2009.

3M practical and ingenious solutions that help our customers succeed
3M is a $23 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 some 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. It produces tens of thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets and its 45 technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life. The company has applied its expertise in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to map and locate underground utilities; it has used its understanding of the healthcare industry to develop innovations that help the early diagnosis of heart and lung conditions; and its range of pocket projectors are the ultimate presentation devices for business people on the go.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing more than 3,500 people across 17 locations, including 10 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.

Press contacts:
Katie Gibbs
3M Purification Division
Tel: +44 (0) 1344 858437
Email: kgibbs@mmm.com

Beky Cann
Neesham Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1296 628180
Email: bekyc@neesham.co.uk

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