3M Acquires Brazilian Orthodontics Manufacturer

Post-It maker's acquisition of Brazil's second-largest orthodontic products company expected to ramp up 3M's offerings.

ST. PAUL, Minn — 3M announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Abzil Industria e Comercio Ltda., an orthodontic products maker based in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Abzil's brackets, bands, tubes and wires are widely recognized as some of the highest quality orthodontic products available in the country. Abzil's strong brand and product portfolio complement 3M's line of orthodontic solutions and aims to expand 3M's offering throughout Brazil and beyond.
For nearly 60 years, 3M has been a global leader providing the orthodontic profession with novel innovations such as clarity ceramic braces, adhesive pre-coated brackets, SmartClip self-ligating braces and clarity SL ceramic self-ligating braces. Today, 3M Unitek delivers more than 14,000 orthodontic products and solutions worldwide. Complementary acquisitions such as this support 3M's core business and strategy to expand into fast-growing product and geographic markets.
Abzil is the second largest orthodontics manufacturer in Brazil.
3M's brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti.