Royal Philips Electronics was founded in 1891 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In 1951, Philips Electronics Singapore was set up. With a workforce of about 2,800, Philips is one of the pioneer investors in Singapore and has been in the country for 60 years.
In 2010, Philips Singapore received the inaugural Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) Exemplary Employer Award and the United Workers of Electronic & Electrical Industries (UWEEI) Strategic Partnership Award. Philips’ commitment to human resource development was already recognized in the 90s when it received the May Day Plaque of Commendation - Gold Award in 1995 from the National Trades Union Congress. The company was also conferred the Distinguished Partner in Progress Award by the Singapore Government in 1992 and awarded OHQ (Operational Headquarters) status in 1989.
In 2006, Philips’ Audio Video Multimedia Applications division won the Singapore Innovation Award. Philips Consumer Lifestyle Domestic Appliances factory, a center of competence responsible for the research and development of new products, manufacturing and the global supply of Philips’ irons and ironing system, was one of the finalists in Singapore’s inaugural MAXA (Manufacturing Excellence Award) in 2006 and the recipient of the Singapore Advantage Award, MAXA 2006.
Philips Electronics Singapore comprises four main activity groups:
• Philips Innovation Campus
• Regional Headquarters and Competence Centers
• Sales Organization
• Industrial Operations and Support
The Philips Innovation Campus brings together close to 700 product development engineers and industrial designers, with almost all of Philips' development activities conducted under one roof at its Toa Payoh complex in Singapore. It provides a conducive environment for the cross-fertilization of ideas and sharing of technology, development capabilities, expertise, infrastructure and equipment. The units within the Philips Innovation Campus include Business Group Lifestyle Entertainment, Business Group Television, Garment Care division under Business Group Domestic Appliance and Philips Design.
Based in Singapore, the regional headquarters and competence centers of Philips’ three sectors – Lighting, Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare - provide marketing and technical support to Asia Pacific. The sales organization markets a wide range of Philips' consumer and professional products, systems and services.
In 2006, Philips set up its Healthcare sector’s first and largest dedicated facility for advanced medical equipment training in Asia Pacific - the Singapore Learning Center. Occupying 37,000 sq ft, the Euro 12 million facility is the first-of-its-kind in the region, featuring Philips’ latest sophisticated medical diagnostics equipment. In 2007, Philips officially opened its high-power LED production facility in Singapore, its first such facility outside Silicon Valley. This is a high volume production facility for Philips Lumileds’ LUXEON® range of LEDs and currently employs more than 450 staff.