Global technology and innovation company 3M today opened its first Design Centre in India housed at its R&D Centre in Bangalore. This design studio is the fourth for the company globally, following others in the St Paul, US; Milan, Italy; and Tokyo, Japan, and is aimed at accelerating growth of design across global enterprise.
3M said this design centre has been aligned with the company’s mission around collaborative creativity, and will house a team of designers with diverse backgrounds. These designers will engage with 3M’s partners in business, academia and customers, the company noted. The design centre is said to be inspired by local and global culture influencing the design experience of the space using various 3M technologies.
Eric Quint, Vice-President and Chief Design Officer, 3M, said momentum for design and design-thinking in India is developing with increased attention and interest, built on great professionalism and focus on customer value. The new 3M Design India Studio will spark cross-functional collaboration in order to imagine how the company’s technology platforms can generate continued value for customers and partners in business, he added.
The company has been innovating in India, for India for 30 years, and it is important to constantly develop and grow, with design and creativity playing an integral part, noted Debarati Sen, Managing Director, India Region, 3M. She said 3M believes that design is pivotal to create a positive impact and have a competitive edge in a growing market environment.