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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 predominantly concentrates on the lifestyle and domestic appliances market, but in the past they were well-known for their wide range of electronic components, equipment and inventions, such as the Compact Cassette (1962) and the Compact Disc or CD (1982). For many years Philips also had a strong presence in professional markets, such as professional television studios, the telecom business and the Dutch Defense Industry.

Holland Signaal
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.

Philips Crypto
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 crypto department went on as the independant business unit Philips Crypto, until it was dissolved in 2003 due to lack of revenue. More...

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 ZODIAC network 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 were 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 and Identity Update, the shield would no longer be used.

Philips corporate logo. Source: Wikipedia.

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 remained a popular token of the company and kept appearing from time to time. In 2013 the shield was re-introduced. Although it is modernized, the original elements have remained:

Philips corporate shield. Source: Wikipedia.


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