Phillips was founded in 1891 in Eindhoven, Holland by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. The company initially focused on the production of carbon-filament lamps and other electro-technical products but it wasn’t until 1895 that the company began to grow substantially. Throughout the 20th century, the company expanded and the Philips equipment range expanded to cover areas such as medical equipment and electronics manufacturing equipment.
Philips has grown exponentially through acquisition over the years. Amongst the many company’s acquired include Amperex, Magnavox, Signetics, Mullard, VLSI, Agilent Healthcare Solutions Group, Marconi Medical Systems, ADAC Laboratories, ATL Ultrasound, portions of Westinghouse and the consumer electronics operations of Philco and Sylvania.
Today the company has three separate divisions which each cover separate ranges of Philips equipment. These are Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Philips Healthcare and Philips Lighting.
Philips Healthcare equipment ranges from ultrasound machines, defibrillators, C-Arms, diagnostic monitoring and patient care and clinical informatics. The company has been central to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) devices, nuclear treatment, cryogenics and Fluoroscopy.