Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Royal Philips Electronics Inc),
commonly known as Philips, is a Dutch multinational electronics company.
At present, Philips prodominantly concentrates on the lifestyle and
domestic appliances market, but in the past they were well-known for
their wide range of electronic components and equipment.
They also had a strong presence
in professional markets, such as the Dutch Defense Industry.
For many years, Philips subsidary Holland Signaal produced high-end
solutions for the Dutch Department of Defense (DoD), until it was sold to
Thomson (now Thales) in the late 1980s.
From 1958 onwards, Philips subsidary
Philips Usfa, produced a wide range of
professional cryptographic solutions. In the late 1980s, Philips Usfa became a
subsidary of Holland Signaal, but when Signaal was sold to Thomson,
the cryptographic department went on as an independant business unit,
until it was dissolved in 2003 due to lack of revenue.
Philips Telecommunicatie Industrie
Philips Telecommunications Industry (PTI) was a special branch of Philips
where telephone equipment and radio communication equipment was developed.
The branch had subsidaries in Hilversum, Huizen and Hoorn (Netherlands).
For a while, PTI even had departments in Alkmaar and Amersfoort.
PTI produced commercial telephone exchanges (switches) but also equipment
for the Department of Defense (DoD), such as parts of the
of the Dutch Army.
Other Philips Subsidaries
At the height of its activities, Philips had one or more branches in every
major city in The Netherlands and even abroad. During 1990s and 2000s, many
branches have been sold to other companies, cut-off (e.g. as part of a
management buy-out) or closed down due to lack of revenue.
The complete list of Philips subsidaries it long and beyond the scope
of this website. For further information, please refer to the
list of Philips subsidaries
on Wikipedia (Dutch).
Over the years, the Philips logo, or corporate brand, hasn't changed much.
The original shield is shown in the top right of this page and appeared for
more than 100 years on all Philips products. Sometimes the brand-name was
used separately (i.e. separated out of the shield). In March 2008 it was
decided that, as part of Identity Update, the shield would no longer be used.
At the same time, the outline of the brand-name was slightly modernized
to the logo shown above. It is only marginally different from the original
text. Although the shield was abandonned, it remains a popular token of the
company and still appears from time to time.
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