Philips marks 100 years of research-driven innovation
Dutch electronics giant Philips is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of Philips Research. Since the development of its first light bulb, the company is focused on delivering innovations that matter to people.
Improving the lives of 3 billion people
Continuing its rich history, Philips is committed to improving the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. “Research-driven innovation is the lifeblood of Philips,” said Henk van Houten, General Manager Philips Research. Philips has one of the world’s largest corporate research organizations. The company has been instrumental in several key innovations that marked the first decades of the last century: the X-ray tube Rotalix provided a breakthrough in the fight against tuberculosis; the first Philips radio connected people on different continents and shaped the way people listened to music; the pioneering rotary electric razor, the Philishave, has been an iconic consumer product since its introduction in 1939. This was followed by some of the innovations that Philips is best-known for, including the first audio compact cassette in 1963 and the first compact disc (CD) in 1982. More recently, Philips’ research expertise has contributed to innovations such as the AlluraClarity interventional X-ray system; the world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp breaking the 200 lumens per watt barrier and the AirFloss oral healthcare technology from Philips Sonicare.