3M is a publicly traded, science-based company that serves customers throughout the world. It provides a range of tapes, abrasives, adhesives and specialty chemicals. The company serves the transportation and communications industries. Founded in 1902, 3M also offers medical and oral care products through 3M Health Care. The company provides products under the Nexcare, Post-it, Scotch, Scotch-Brite and Scotchgard brands. It offers drug delivery systems and stethoscopes. 3M additionally provides protector products and filters. The company performs research and development activities. It manages a staff of more than 70,000 employees. 3M offers notes, flags and easel pads. The company additionally offers components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft and specialty vehicles.