Back in 1891, Frederik Philips bought a small factory in Eindhoven with the goal of manufacturing incandescent bulbs for everyone who could possibly need them. The company’s mission was to make everyday life easier by allowing people and technology to walk hand in hand.
Philips has been developing life-improving products ever since.
From 1891-1915, the company was the biggest manufacturer of incandescent bulbs in Europe and Russia in particular was an important demographic—in fact, the Russian tsar himself needed lights for his winter palace.
In 1912, Philips became a limited company and in 1914 a research lab was established, which has since grown to be one of the largest private research institutes in the world.
In 1918, the company launched the first x-ray tubes and this development was what helped Philips expand its assortment to include all sorts of electrical appliances. The first radios were launched in 1927 and within five years the company was the largest manufacturer of radios in the entire world.
In 1938, Philips launched its first TV at a conference in Utrecht and one year later, the company launched the ground-breaking electrical Philishave razor.
1963 was another ground-breaking year, as the company launched Compact Audio Cassette.
Throughout the 1970s, the company continued to expand to offer more image, light and data solutions. In 1983, it launched the Compact Disc that had been developed in partnership with Sony, which gave us all the chance to bring our CDs on the go. Meanwhile, research to develop more energy-efficient lamps continued.
In the 1960s, the company started focusing more on the health industry as it attempted to make it easier for hospital staff to use its various products. As a positive by-product, the hospital experience became more comfortable for the patients. The research and development of image, light and data solutions and eventually launched the DVD in 1997, once again in partnership with Sony.
Developments in the healthy industry continued through the 00s and 10s, during which time hospitals and patient care continued to see significant improvements.
In 2006, Philips launched the first 3D CT scanner, following by the Philips Alluta Clarity in 2012 - an entirely novel x-ray system. As far as light solutions are concerned, research has resulted in Philips Hue.
Philips Hue is an innovative way of thinking about light. Once again, Philips is focused on making it possible for people and technology to walk hand in hand—this time around, the philosophy has resulted in a helpful product that makes life easier.
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