Philips Consumer Electronics

Philips Consumer Electronics

company_name = Philips Consumer Electronics
company_type = Subsidiary
foundation = 1891
company_slogan = "Sense and Simplicity"
location = Amsterdam, the Netherlands
key_people = Gerard Kleisterlee, CEO
products = Consumer Electronics
homepage = []
industry = Electronics
parent = Philips
revenue = profit 10.576 billion (2006)
net_income = profit 416 million (2006)

Philips Consumer Electronics is a part of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (usually known as Philips); and is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. In 2005, its sales were 30.4 billion (US$38.9 billion) and it employed 161,500 people in more than 60 countries. Other Philips divisions are: Philips Lighting, Philips Medical Systems, Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care. The Consumer Electronics division is the only Philips division located in Amsterdam. In 2008, Philips Consumer Electronics was consolidated with Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care to create Philips Consumer Lifestyles.


While Philips' first product was manufactured in 1891, the first product that would fit in the Consumer Electronics division was a television, experimentally manufactured in 1925. In 1927, Philips began producing radios. Only five years later, Philips had sold one million of them. One other major product release came in 1963, when the Compact Cassette was introduced.

After Philips Consumer Electronics acquired companies as Magnavox and Sylvania in the late 1970s, Philips managed to sell their 100-millionth tv-set in 1984. Philips still is the European television market leader, as well as the third in the world.

Because of the enormous growth, Philips decided to split up their company divisions during the 1990s. While Philips CE contains most of the Consumer Electronics, other products such as Philips' shavers were located under the Domestic Appliances division.

Major consumer electronics products

In 1963, Philips introduced the Compact Cassette.

In 1978, Philips introduced the laserdisc player, using technology invented in the 1960s.

In 1979, Philips introduced the Video 2000 system: a technically superior design, but a commercial failure.

In 1982, Philips launched the Compact Disc in partnership with Sony.

In 1991, Philips introduced CD-i, the Compact Disc Interactive system which was sold in the interactive kiosk market with some models featuring video game related content.

In 1992, Philips launched the ill-fated Digital Compact Cassette format.

In 1997, Philips released the first DVD, in partnership with Sony and Toshiba.

In 2004, Philips introduced Ambilight, a feature which combines television and lighting technology.

The company still receives a royalty on every DVD manufactured [] .

External links


* [ Philips Global]
* [ Philips Consumer Electronics website]

CE Product departments

* [ Televisions]
* [ Home entertainment]
* [ Portable entertainment]
* [ PC products]

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