3M will be exiting the Colorquartz Crystals business by December 31, 2009. The combination of reduced customer demand and the cost of supporting the business contributed to 3M’s decision.
The business will not be sold and production of the products will wind down by the end of this year. 3M says it will be working closely with customers to meet their needs and ensure an orderly phase-out of the products. Additionally, they will honour the 10-year product warranty. While 3M will no longer supply Colorquartz Crystals for pool and spa surfaces, many other 3M products such as adhesives, respirators and diamond abrasives remain available to this sector.