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Top 50 rank: 15
Rank in Medical and Other Precision Equipment: 1
(Previous rank: 2)
Overall score: 7.29
Why it's admired
The Minnesota-based company may be best known for its adhesives, like Post-it Notes and Scotch Tape, which have been helping hold the country together for decades.

Today, though, the company offers thousands of products, including high-tech touch screens and fiber optic cables. Sales have been on the rise (though profits fell recently), and the company is poised for even greater growth overseas.

Emerging markets now make up a third of the company's business, and some projections put that closer to half within the next five years. --A.V.

Should 3M be admired, or what?
3M stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 4
Quality of management 5
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 4
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Most Admired
1 3M 7.29
2 St. Jude Medical 6.97
3 Stryker 6.92
4 Becton Dickinson 6.85
5 Thermo Fisher Scientific 6.60
6 Baxter International 6.58
Rank Company Overall score
7 Medtronic 6.45
8 Agilent Technologies 5.90
9 Zimmer Holdings 5.74
10 Danaher 5.71
11 Eastman Kodak 5.32
12 Boston Scientific 4.40
From the March 21, 2011 issue
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