Company Profile

Royal Philips


Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 114,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.


The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare.

Global Footprint

Philips is a global leader across its healthcare, lighting and lifestyle portfolio:

  • We are the world’s largest home healthcare company, being number one in: Monitoring systems, Automated External Defibrillators, Cardiac Ultrasound, Cardiovascular X-ray.
  • We are number one in lamps in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific and number two in North America; in Automotive lighting, we are leading in Europe, Latin America, Japan and Asia Pacific.
  • We are number one in the electric shavers and male grooming category globally.
  • Philips is one of the leading flat-TV brands globally.



As a global leader in health care, we are guided by the understanding that there is a patient at the center of everything we do. By pioneering new solutions that improve and expand care around the world, we are dedicated to creating the ideal experience for all patients, young and old.


We harness the power of clinical information by providing clinicians and health care providers with real-time information all in one place – across modalities, time zones and technologies – for more confident decision-making and efficient workflow.


We focus on delivering the most technologically advanced products and solutions, as we help clinicians diagnose, treat and manage many of today’s most prevalent diseases.


We expand access to care by promoting the adoption of new mobile and remote technologies and developing new protocols that can lead to more efficient and productive health care systems.


These commitments are the driving force behind our research and investment in promising new approaches to radiology, cardiology, oncology, decision support, home health, respiratory and other critical areas.


Our Healthcare business is organized around four strategic business groups: Imaging Systems, Patient Care & Clinical Informatics, Home Healthcare Solutions, and Healthcare Transformation  Services.


Philips Healthcare employs approximately 37,500 people worldwide.



Philips Lighting is a global market leader with recognized expertise in the development, manufacturing and application of innovative lighting solutions. We have pioneered many of the key breakthroughs in lighting over the past 123 years, laying the basis for our current strength and ensuring we are well-placed to be a leader in the digital transformation. We aim to further strengthen our position in the digital market through added investment in LED leadership while at the same time capitalizing on our broad portfolio, distribution and brand in conventional lighting.


We address people’s lighting needs across a full range of market segments. Indoors, we offer lighting solutions for homes, shops, offices, schools, hotels, factories and hospitals. Outdoors, we offer solutions for roads (street lighting and car lights) and for public spaces, residential areas and sports arenas. In addition, we address the desire for light-inspired experiences through architectural projects. Finally, we offer specific applications of lighting in specialized areas, such as horticulture and water purification.


Philips Lighting spans the entire lighting value chain – from light sources, luminaires, electronics and controls to full applications and solutions – through the following businesses: Light Sources & Electronics, Consumer Luminaires, Professional Lighting Solutions, Automotive Lighting, and Lumileds.


Philips Lighting employs approximately 47,900 people worldwide.


Consumer Lifestyle

At Consumer Lifestyle we are delivering on Philips’ vision to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Our investment in innovation and local business creation enables us to deliver a stream of locally relevant, meaningful innovations. We have a leading global brand, which is highly trusted across the world.


Philips Consumer Lifestyle focuses on delivering deeper experiences, in touch with the social and emotional needs of our customers in their homes, tailoring solutions to variable local needs around the world. From a cup of coffee in the morning, to a healthy meal in the evening. And whether it’s using the best sonic technology to care for your teeth or an innovative laser guided beard trimmer; Philips innovation matters to our users and improves their lives – every day.


We focus on the following areas of business: Health & Wellness, Personal Care, and Domestic Appliances.


Philips Consumer Lifestyle employs approximately 16,300 people worldwide.



48,000 registered patents illustrate the innovative nature of the company. Philips currently holds around 35,000 registered trademarks, 56,000 design rights and 3,100 domain names.


Philips has adopted an Open Innovation strategy which leverages the joint innovative power of partnering companies and researchers to bring more innovations to the market effectively and faster.


In 2007, Philips invested EUR 1.6 billion in Research and Development.


Philips is internationally recognized as a global leader in design, receiving a variety of international awards each year. For example:

  • 2009 iF product design competition: 22 design awards in seven categories
  • Philips won two Bronze IDEAs: The Philips Kitten Scanner, supporting children during a CAT examination, and Philips Design’s Breath Counter, a pneumonia detection device, each received a Bronze Industrial Design Excellence Award.



Sustainability is at the center of Philips’ strategy.


We invest in the developments of green technologies and enable our consumers to contribute to a healthier world on a day to day basis by choosing green products. We take actions to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our operations and secure healthy ecosystems. Additionally, we are committed to supporting healthy communities by investing our resources in programs that address some of the world’s biggest social challenges.


All Philips products go through an EcoDesign process, identifying environmental impact in terms of energy efficiency, hazardous substances, take-back and recycling, weight and lifetime reliability. Philips’ processes on Green Product sales are verified annually by an independent third party and published in the Sustainability Annual Report.


Philips aims to combat global healthcare challenges by focusing on delivering better quality healthcare at lower costs, also in the emerging markets, such as China and India.


Philips also takes a leading position in educational programs, showing its stakeholders that energy efficient solutions are simple, easy and actionable and make economic sense for national and local governments, businesses, schools and individuals.

Chief Executive Officer

Frans van Houten

Frans van Houten

CEO of Royal Philips


Global Headquarters


Philips International B.V.
Amstelplein 2
1096 BC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Stock Ticker

Royal Philips is a publicly listed company in New York stock exchange (NYSE: PHG) and Euronext Amsterdam (AEX: PHI).