ST. PAUL, MINN. -- 3M announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the do-it-yourself and professional business of GPI Group. GPI is a manufacturer and marketer of home improvement products such as tapes, hooks, insulation and floor protection products and accessories headquartered in France. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

GPI offers a wide array of products and solutions sold under such well-known brands as GPI, Plasto and Dinac, which address multiple do-it-yourself (DIY) needs of consumers in France and other European markets. The addition of GPI’s products will expand 3M’s product portfolio in core and complementary categories in the construction and home improvement markets.

“This acquisition will help us to build on our existing product platforms and accelerate our expansion and participation in home improvement channels globally,” said Laurie A. Altman, vice president and general manager, 3M Construction and Home Improvement Markets.

“GPI and 3M are a natural fit,” added Bernard Cicut, managing director, 3M France. “Together with GPI, we will be in a unique position to better serve our customers in France and in Europe.”

3M’s construction and home improvement products serve a wide variety of household purposes. The business provides its well-known brands ScotchBlue™ painter’s tapes; Filtrete™ air and water residential filtration products; 3M™ Command™ adhesive hooks, hangers and clips as well as packaged and bulk sandpaper; anti-slip products; electrical connectors; safety products; energy saving window insulator kits for indoor and outdoor use; retail automotive products; and wood refinishing products.

GPI employs approximately 450 people, and has sales in France and Western Europe. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

About Gergonne Group/GPI
Gergonne Group was founded in 1962 and is based in Oyonnax, France. It has two main businesses: one is the industrial business; the second is the do-it-yourself and professional business. The transaction is related to the entire do-it-yourself and professional business (adhesive tapes, insulation products, door stops, hooks, etc.) of the Gergonne Group and includes three of its subsidiaries, GPI SAS (adhesive tapes, hooks and insulation products), Plasto Adhésifs SAS (adhesive tapes and insulation products) and Dinac SAS (floor protection products and accessories). The transaction does not include the industrial business, which remains the property of the Gergonne family.

About 3M
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3M, Command, Filtrete and ScotchBlue are trademarks of 3M.
GPI, Plasto and Dinac are trademarks of GPI.

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