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The foundations of Philips were laid in 1891 when Anton and Gerard Philips established Philips & Co. in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company begun manufacturing carbon-filament lamps and by the turn of the century, had become one of the largest producers in Europe. Stimulated by the industrial revolution in Europe, Philips’ first research laboratory started introducing its first innovations in the x-ray and radio technology. Over the years, the list of inventions has only been growing to include many breakthroughs that have continued to enrich people’s everyday lives.


In 1921, Picker incorporated the firm as the Picker X-Ray Corp. Later it was purchase by Marconi Medical Systems, a division of Philips Medical Systems, was created in 1999 out of Picker International, Inc. In 2001, Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands acquired Marconi Medical Systems for $1.1 billion in cash. Today, it carries the name Philips Health care.

Year Company
1998 ATL Ultrasound
2000 ADAC Laboratories
Agilent Technologies
2001 Marconi Medical Systems


2006 Witt Biomedical


In the past, Philips has been in numerous other following businesses such as...

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