Strouse is one of a select few 3M Preferred Converters.

3M Preferred Converter

As a business owner, you've seen the right connections make or break businesses. You may have seen a huge opportunity come your way or pass you by, all because someone knew the right person.

The adhesive converter you choose is no different. They can be a vital asset, connecting you with the right suppliers and delivering tremendous results. Or they could deliver low-quality products and put your reputation and business at stake.

If you want connections, look no further than a 3M Preferred Converter like us. We're the path you have toward connecting with the adhesive giant and their $33 billion in annual revenue.

What Is a 3M Preferred Converter?

As an adhesive converter, we source adhesives from countless vendors depending on what each client needs. Over the years, however, we have developed an especially strong collaboration with 3M.

As the #2 adhesive or sealant producer in the world according to Adhesives & Sealants Industry, 3M wants to do business with the best. This is why they developed their Preferred Converter program to denote the converters they've found to be most trustworthy and successful.

3M only gives this distinction to the converters with whom they have a long-standing relationship. They conduct ongoing audits to see which converters protect their good name by working best with their products. We're thrilled to be on that exclusive list.

Why does 3M name their Preferred Converters? It's all about maintaining their reputation.

Their products will only perform well if converters do our job well. As a result, 3M wants the manufacturers who use its adhesives to get the best experience, including using the best converters.

What Does It Take to Become a 3M Preferred Converter?

3M names their Preferred Converters based on their own discretion. As a result, there is no clear rubric of the criteria they use. However, we do know that there are several general areas they evaluate among converters.

High-Quality Production

First and foremost, 3M wants its name on products that are high-quality. Both their end products and their pre-converted adhesives rely on a reputation of excellence in order to keep selling.

As a result, their 3M Preferred Converters are converters who deliver high-quality products to manufacturers on an ongoing basis. 3M has constant audits and market-watchers to see which of their associated converters maintain top quality standards.

This is a standard that 3M continuously watches. When you use a 3M Preferred Converter, you can rest assured that the quality will remain high as we maintain our certification.

Reliable Consistency

A converter that can do high-quality work for its manufacturers is great. If the converter can only deliver quality 10% of the time, though, no one wants to take that gamble.

This is why 3M looks for consistency when naming their Preferred Converters. These converters need to deliver a reliable experience to their manufacturers time and time again.

That includes consistency in quality, service, pricing, and every other aspect of the experience. You know what you're getting every time.

Diverse Capabilities

3M is known not only for quality but for having an extensive range of products and adhesives. They strive to be the absolute leaders in adhesives, and they want converters who can keep up.

As a 3M Preferred Converter, our team has an extensive list of capabilities. We have completed projects for countless industries and are vigilant to meet the precise needs of each customer.

In addition to handling many types of projects, we have exceptional scalability. 3M's Preferred Converters need the personnel, the facilities, the technology, and the organization to tackle any size of job seamlessly.

Long-Lived Experience

Anyone can produce quality, consistency, and strong service for a short period. The true test is time.

For this reason, 3M's Preferred Converters are converters who have been working with the company well for a long time. We have an established track record of success, working closely with 3M.

On top of earning 3M's trust and respect, our experience has allowed us to know the business inside and out. 3M only gives their seal of approval for those converters who they know can handle any job that comes their way.

Exceptional Customer Service

As important as the finished converted product is, 3M knows that they cannot sacrifice service in the process. Their preferred converters need to maintain exceptional standards in all aspects of customer service.

From prompt responses to handling the rare customer problems efficiently, 3M's Preferred Converters need to be companies that put their customers first.

This high standard of service doesn't only require us to react to customer concerns. We also work toward maintaining cooperative and positive relationships with all our customers in the first place.

Why Our Customers Love Working With a 3M Preferred Converter

As proud as we are to be named a 3M Preferred Converter, you might wonder why it matters to you. Not only is the 3M Preferred Converter label a mark of honor, but it gives our customers special advantages too.

Access to Cutting-Edge Materials

As well-known as 3M is for their already-extensive catalog of adhesives, they aren't stopping there. The company's researchers and chemists are constantly developing new formulas for different applications.

For manufacturers, getting the latest adhesives could be the one factor that sets you apart from your competitors. Thanks to our relationship with 3M as a Preferred Converter, we are more likely to get the most advanced products sooner than others.

In addition, being on good terms with 3M means we can more efficiently get specialized, less common adhesives when you need them. 

The Confidence Vote of an Industry Leader

For any manufacturer, the vendors you choose can make or break you. If you don't have reliable vendors, you have no way of knowing if you can deliver what your customers need.

Working with a new vendor is a serious gamble. Working with a 3M Preferred Converter tells you that you've found a reliable converter. They have a stamp of approval from a major corporation with a vested interest in limiting that list to the best of the best.

Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it's an asset to your own customers too. You can proudly tell them that you work with a highly-regarded converter so they are assured of your products' quality.

Extensive Experience with High-End Products

Adhesives can be tricky to work with, and each one behaves differently. In addition to that complexity, you want a converter who can handle any adhesive in the precise way you need for your products.

The more experience your converter has in working with your adhesive, the better. If you want to work with any of 3M's menu of adhesives, our team has in-depth experience working with them. We understand the ins and outs of the products, how to handle them most effectively, and how to make them work in the way you need. 

Reasonable Pricing

Your bottom line is a concern in every aspect of your business, and you can't afford to overpay for adhesives.

As a top converter for 3M's products, we buy their adhesives at higher quantities than most converters. As a result of the quantity we buy and our relationship with 3M, we get the materials at a lower rate than many converters.

We pass along those savings to you, the manufacturers.

On top of saving on the materials, our team also has the expertise to handle any project smoothly. Some converters may charge a premium if you ask for help with a project they've never worked with before. You can avoid those extra costs with a 3M Preferred Converter.

Access to 3M's Exclusive Specialists

Most people never realize the true extent of 3M's catalog of products. With thousands of options available, few people know all the products well enough to recommend the right adhesive for every unusual application.

If you have a new material or a new type of project that requires a more specialized adhesive, we're here to help. As a 3M Preferred Converter, we have unique access to the company's internal specialists.

These specialists know 3M's adhesives inside and out. They'll be able to answer any questions you have about their products. They can also make recommendations for applications that no one has tried before.

Flexible Custom Sizing

If you want to manufacture a great product, you can't take any chances for irregularities or ill-fitting adhesives.

As a 3M Preferred Converter, we receive large volumes of adhesive materials in many varieties from 3M. Not only do we have access to all the products you may need from 3M, but we also have the capability and technology to cut any custom sizing necessary.

This lets us custom convert every adhesive product for each manufacture's precise needs with die-cutting and other techniques.

Quicker Results

In an ideal world, you would have the time and ability to plan plenty of time ahead for each manufacturing project. We don't live in an ideal world, so sometimes you need what you need when you need it.

Fortunately, this is easier with our 3M Preferred Converter status. Our connections allow us to get expedited shipping for many of the products you may need.

In addition to faster shipping, we have a wide range of 3M products already in stock because we use such large volumes. There is always a chance that we already have the materials you need and can start on your project right away.

Experience in a Range of Industries

We understand more than anyone that not all manufacturing projects are the same. Within the healthcare industry, for example, you need to take special care for sterile environments and handling materials.

One of the criteria 3M looks for in their Preferred Converters is varying experience. As you can tell by our certification, we have worked with manufacturers in an ever-growing list of industries. Each industry has its own specifications, and we expertly comply with each of them.

Rapid Turnaround

Our customers come to us with problems that needed to be solved yesterday. Being a 3M Preferred Converter we have many 3M products in stock already or can get expedited shipping on most materials. That allows us to create your part faster or through Sample Express get your sample part shipped within 48 hours!

One Certification Among Many

Our team is thrilled to be named a 3M Preferred Converter, and we love that it helps us better serve our customers. However, it is one of many manufacturing certifications we hold.

Some of our certifications denote that we comply with certain standards. One such standard is ISO 9001:2015, which is a list of requirements for a quality maintenance system.

We also comply with ISO 13485:2016, a set of standards for designing and manufacturing medical supplies. This allows us to serve our healthcare clients without sacrificing the requirements they need to uphold.

Another way we serve our healthcare clients is by maintaining an ISO 7 Cleanroom certification. This standard outlines the requirements for a secure clean room for preparing sterile materials.

Finally, we are proud to be a certified Woman-Owned Small Business or WOSB. We are driven to help other women-owned businesses thrive and succeed as we have.

How You Can Start Working With a 3M Preferred Converter Today

We have the honor to be recognized as a 3M Preferred Converter, the highest level attainable for an adhesive converter by 3M. Our leadership has also served on the 3M Converter Markets Advisory Council. This is a testament to our process, capabilities, experience, and leadership in the converting industry. The partnership we’ve built with 3M not only provides Strouse with exclusive benefits, but advantages that we can pass on to our customers.

Whether your business is small or large, you can't afford to gamble with any part of it. You need to be able to trust all your vendors, including your adhesive converter.

Fortunately, you've already found a reliable converter. As a 3M Preferred Converter, we hold ourselves to the highest standard. We also recognize that 3M is continuously revising their Preferred Converter list so we have every incentive to keep up those standards.

Strouse can die cut tape to custom sizes, shapes, and formats. We can provide you products in the form of custom width rolls of tape or custom cut parts on a roll, on a sheet of material, or as individual pieces.

If you would like to gain all the advantages above of working with a Preferred Converter, you can get started right away. Call our adhesive conversion specialists to discuss your products and your needs.

If you have a question about a project you are working on or think using pressure sensitive tape can bring your product to market faster, contact us today!