… The industrial footprint of Philips in the Netherlands…

 

Royal Philips is a fascinating company which developed from an incandescent lamp factory in the south of the Netherlands into a global multinational that currently focuses primarily on healthcare technology. It is a company which, through its meaningful innovations, has made a difference all over the world – and continues to do so to this day.

Following on from his book entitled ‘Philips Best – from hidden gem to crown jewel’ (‘Philips Best – van verborgen parel tot kroonjuweel’), in this current book Philips manager Bert Tip describes how Philips’ industrial footprint developed in the Netherlands. With the help of unique photographs, including many aerial photographs that have never been published before, the book describes almost every Philips site – from the smallest assembly studios in rented village halls to the large factory sites where thousands of employees earned a living.

The past and present are linked in a search through nearly 130 years of Philips history that takes the reader on a journey zig-zag across the whole of the Netherlands – from Delfzijl to Maastricht and from Winterswijk to Terneuzen. This book even looks at relatively unknown sites, such as Philips Staphorst, the Philips-Van Houten vitamin factory and the Philips mussel processing plant in Arnemuiden. In addition to information and photographs showing the past and present status, the book also includes interviews with former site directors. Answers are also given to questions such as: What was the reason for Philips’ geographical spread throughout the Netherlands? What factors were considered before deciding to locate a site in a given municipality? Why has Philips’ industrial footprint in the Netherlands changed so radically?.

This is an exciting account that is bound to appeal to anyone with an interest in Philips.

 

…Sometimes you have to let go of something in order to let it flourish …