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Monday 16 April, 2007

3M UK Holdings PLC

Offer Update

3M UK Holdings PLC
16 April 2007


April 16, 2007

Embargoed for release at 7:00 a.m.

                             3M UK holdings limited

                           RECOMMENDED CASH OFFER FOR

                         E Wood Holdings plc ('E WOOD')

3M announces that by 1:00 p.m. (London time) on April 13, 2007, the First
Closing Date of the Offer, valid acceptances of the Offer had been received in
respect of a total of 10,307,424 E Wood Shares, representing approximately 86.34
per cent. of the Issued Share Capital of E Wood.

3M announces that the Offer, which remains subject to the terms and conditions
set out in the offer document dated March 23, 2007 (the 'Offer Document'), has
been extended and will remain open for acceptances until the next closing date
which will be1:00 p.m. on April 30, 2007.  E Wood Shareholders who wish to
accept the Offer but have not yet done so should return their completed Forms of
Acceptance as soon as possible. Any further extensions of the Offer will be
publicly announced by 8.00 a.m. on the Business Day following the day on which
the Offer was otherwise due to expire, or at such later time or date as the
Panel may agree.

E Wood Shareholders who have not yet accepted the Offer and who hold E Wood
Shares in certificated form are urged to complete, sign and return the Form of
Acceptance as soon as possible and, in any event, so as to be received by Capita
Registrars no later than 1:00 p.m. London time on April 30, 2007.

If you hold E Wood Shares in uncertificated form (that is, in CREST), you are
urged to accept the Offer by TTE instructions as soon as possible and, in any
event, so as to be settled by no later than 1.00 p.m. London time on April 30,
2007.  If you hold E Wood Shares as a CREST sponsored member, you should refer
to your CREST sponsor as only your CREST sponsor will be able to send the
necessary TTE instruction to CREST.

Copies of the Offer Document are available from Capita Registrars, The Registry,
34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU.

Terms defined in the Offer Document shall have the same meanings in this

The figure for Acceptances of the Offer received includes acceptances relating
to 3,222,818 E Wood Shares representing 27.00% of the Issued Share Capital
pursuant to irrevocable undertakings given by E Wood Directors, James Leek,
Chris McDonnell, Magnus Mowat and Tony Morley, and persons connected to or
deemed to be connected to them.  In addition the figure for acceptances of the
Offer received includes acceptances of the Offer received relating to 2,889,304
E Wood Shares representing 24.20% of the Issued Share Capital pursuant to
irrevocable undertakings given by Robert Adair (and, on his behalf, Rysaffe
Trustee Company (C.I.) Limited and Saffery Champness Trustees Limited), Richard
Mackness and Andrew Leek.



Donna Fleming (Manager, Media Relations)                     Tel: +1 651 736 7646
Bruce Jermeland (Manager, Investor Relations)                Tel: +1 651 733 1807

Matt Ginter (VP, Investor Relations & Financial Planning)    Tel: +1 651 733 8206
John Klee (Manager, Corporate Communications, 3M UK)         Tel: +44 (0) 1344 858 516

Rothschild (Financial adviser to 3M)
Dominic Hollamby
Hedley Goldberg
Samuel Brodovcky
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7280 5000

This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, any offer for, or any
solicitation of any offer for, securities.  Any acceptance or other response to
the Offer should be made only on the basis of information referred to in the
Offer Document.

Save as disclosed above, no E Wood Shares have been acquired or agreed to be
acquired by or on behalf of 3M or any person acting in concert with 3M during
the Offer Period and neither 3M nor any person acting in concert with 3M has the
benefit of any irrevocable commitment or letter of intent in respect of any E
Wood Shares or has any interest in any E Wood Shares, or any short position
(whether conditional or absolute and whether in the money or otherwise and
including any short position under a derivative), any agreement to sell, any
delivery obligation, any right to require another person to purchase or take
delivery in respect of any E Wood Shares, any right to subscribe for any E Wood
Shares or any stock borrowing or lending arrangement in respect of any E Wood

The availability of the Offer to persons who are not resident in the United
Kingdom may be affected by the laws of their relevant jurisdiction. Such persons
should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory
requirements of their jurisdiction. Further details in relation to Overseas
Shareholders are contained in the Offer Document.

Unless otherwise determined by 3M, the Offer is not being, and will not be,
made, directly or indirectly, in or into or by the use of the mails of, or by
any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, telephonically or
electronically) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or through any facilities
of a national securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction if to do so
would constitute a violation of the relevant laws of such jurisdiction, and the
Offer should not be accepted by any such use, means, instrumentality or
facilities or from or within the a Restricted Jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies
of this announcement are not being, and must not be mailed or otherwise
forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction and
all persons receiving this announcement (including nominees, trustees and
custodians) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send it in, into
or from a Restricted Jurisdiction. Doing so may render invalid any purported
acceptance of the Offer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, 3M will retain the right
to permit the Offer to be accepted and any sale of securities pursuant to the
Offer to be completed if, in its sole discretion, it is satisfied that the
transaction in question can be undertaken in compliance with applicable law and

N M Rothschild & Sons Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the
Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for 3M
and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to
anyone other than 3M for providing the protections offered to clients of N M
Rothschild & Sons Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the Offer or
any other matters referred to in this announcement.

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