When Dutch people talk about Philips, I think we all can agree we feel a certain sense of pride. Where Philips started manufacturing lamps back in 1891, it evolved to be one of the most successful companies in Holland, with hundreds of offices worldwide. Not only did they grow in numbers, but in specialization too. From radios, x-ray machines, to electric shaving, audio cassettes, the compact discs, camera’s and so on. Read about their heritage here.
Philips Innovation Experience
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Philips Innovation Experience in Eindhoven. During this event, Philips took the visitors on a inspiring journey through their latest innovations, break-throughs and projects that they are working on. Philips hopes these experiences and thoughts will lead to more innovative ideas. They want to inspire.
“It’s not what the people experience here. It’s about what they do with these experiences, how they take it a step further. We want to rethink solutions for tomorrow’s society.”
Before the tour started, after enjoying a lovely Sarista coffee and one of the cute mini sandwiches they served during the walking lunch, Frans van Houten (Philips’ CEO) held a speech about the company and its vision. Frans: “Philips has embraced innovation for over 120 years now, because this is how we can stand out. In times of financial crisis, people and companies need to keep investing, in themselves and in new, innovating products. Philips shows that it does that, creating innovating products that are solutions for global trends and problems.” The way he talked so passionately about Philips and their ideas on changing the world, was very inspiring.
Philips divided the day and their innovations into 4 themes. These themes all are very important to Philips, because they believe with these 4 themes, and the innovations behind them, can really make a difference. I think they’re right. Let me tell you why…
woensdag 05 december, 2012