In January Philips kicked off celebrations of the one hundredth anniversary of Philips Research at a special stakeholder event in Eindhoven
‘Research-driven innovation is the lifeblood of Philips,’ said Henk van Houten, General Manager Philips Research. ‘We are passionate to invent, partner and apply technology to help people succeed. By formulating ambitious innovation goals that relate to the key challenges people face, we inspire our scientists and partners to co-create impactful solutions that matter to people.’
Anton and Gerard Philips established Philips’ research laboratory, the Natlab ‘Natuurkundig Laboratorium’ in Eindhoven in 1914. Renowned physicist Dr. Gilles Holst led the laboratory’s research to discover new sources of light, radio and electron technology.
100 years later Philips’ focus is on innovative technologies that will make healthcare technology more affordable and LED lighting solutions that will improve wellbeing. Philips’ research expertise has contributed to: the AlluraClarity cardiovascular interventional X-ray system, they created the world’s most energy-efficient TLED lamp at 200 lumens per watt (lm/W); and launched the Sonicare Airfloss electric toothbrush.
Philips best-known products include: the first Philips radio 1928, the X-ray tube Rotalix to fight against tuberculosis 1946, the rotary electric razor, Philishave 1939, the first audio compact cassette 1963 and the first compact disc (CD) 1982.
Philips is leader in the digital world building on its innovation capabilities. Philips is leading in the digital world with Philips hue, the world’s smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system and Philips Smart digital Air Purifier, an app enabled air purifier.
Philips has one of the world’s largest corporate research organizations. Philips Research operates globally and is spread across six international locations in North America, Europe and Asia, with its headquarters in Eindhoven. Philips has invested more than EUR 1.8 billion in research and development.