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3M Invests in Smart Energy Instruments

Stake will bolster 3Ms relevance in energy market

ST. PAUL, Minn., August 25, 2014-- 3M New Ventures the corporate venture arm of 3M announced an equity stake in Toronto-based Smart Energy Instruments (SEI), a move that will further accelerate SEIs efforts in developing electronic chipsets with high-precision, real-time monitoring capabilities for smart grids, as well as give 3M a bigger presence in the energy sector.

The investment from 3M New Ventures comes as several existing stakeholders also bolstered their equity in SEI, including Venturelink Funds, ArcTern Ventures and the Ontario Capital Growth Corp. Together, the financing round, led by 3M New Ventures, totaled $5 million (or $5.6 million Canadian dollars). Other details of the transaction were not disclosed.

We are honored that 3M is joining our team of investors, said SEI CEO Jeff Dionne. Weve hit several key milestones in our companys growth, and the utility market is now primed to take full advantage of our smart grid technologies. We see 3M as an important strategic partner to jointly develop and commercialize innovative solutions for utilities and electrical equipment manufacturers.

SEIs technology platform is based on a core set of chips with unprecedented measurement precision and low-power consumption that can be integrated into todays intelligent electronic devices. It gives equipment manufacturers and utilities a huge competitive edge in functions such as grid load monitoring, fault detection and isolation.

SEIs unique technology will strengthen 3Ms leadership in the energy sector and enable the development of ubiquitous infrastructure sensing and monitoring solutions, added Stefan Gabriel, president of 3M New Ventures.

Aging grid infrastructures and the surge in renewable energy sources particularly solar and wind are driving the need for more precise monitoring devices. 3Ms Electronics and Energy Business Group is building new platforms for greater relevance to the energy sector, and SEIs chips will be a key part of 3Ms portfolio for grid automation.

We are impressed with SEIs forward-thinking approach to the utility marketplace, said Robert Visser, vice president of research & development of 3Ms Electronics and Energy Business Group. We now have the opportunity to support a new standard for multi-dimensional electrical measurements in the utility industry.

According to Navigant Research, cumulative worldwide electric utility spending on asset management and condition monitoring systems will total close to $50 billion from 2014 to 2023.

3M New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of 3M, identifies and invests in innovative, high-growth companies working on technologies and business models with strategic relevance for 3M's businesses. With staff located in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific, 3M New Ventures scouts globally for the most promising opportunities and manages a portfolio of over 23 investments to date. For more information, visit

About Smart Energy Instruments

SEI develops game-changing, synchronous measurement technologies for the burgeoning smart grid to address todays global energy environment. The company is based in Toronto, with offices in Tokyo, Japan and Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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Investor Contacts:
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Bruce Jermeland, 651-733-1807

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