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Philips and Eindhoven

Philips and Eindhoven

In 1891 Gerard Philips and his father bought an old factory in Eindhoven, then a small village in the rural south of Holland. He started producing light bulbs using technology he had developed himself. A few years later his brother Anton joined the company. Gerard took care of technology and production, while Anton proved to be a shrewd salesman. The company grew explosively, and in 1900 Philips was one of the largest light bulb manufactures in the world. During the first world war Philips used its glass expertize to repair broken X-ray tubes. It was the start of Philip’s Medical Systems, which today still has its headquarters in Eindhoven.

With the expansion of Philips, Eindhoven grew to the 5th largest city in Holland. For a long time Eindhoven was equivalent to Philips in Holland. Despite the fact that almost all production disappeared from Eindhoven, many landmarks in the city still remind us of the tight links between Philips and the city. Many historical industrial sites such as the white lady and Strijp-S are now the centre of vibrant social activities.

Visit the birthplace of Philips

Visit the birthplace of Philips

Amidst all these changes the original factory where Gerard and Anton started their empire is still there, right in the centre of Eindhoven. It is now a preserved industrial building site. A number of years ago it was transformed into a small museum where you can experience Philips’ history in a number of ways. It offers a fascinating picture from the company’s origins in 1891 to the innovations of tomorrow. After the first day of the conference, on the 14th of November, we have appropriately selected this inspiring location to mingle with drinks and snack. Afterwards, you can dine in one of the many restaurants in Eindhoven and experience the amazing GLOW festival!

Glow

Glow

GLOW is a light and colour festival held every autumn in the centre of Eindhoven that every year reminds us of the long standing love affair between Eindhoven and electrical light. Artists and designers from Holland and abroad present light art and design applications by using new media technologies, such as computers, sensors, animations, and also the well-known projection techniques. GLOW was held for the first time in 2006. The festival is an outdoor exhibition that transforms the city into a work of art. The festival route changes every year to give attention to different areas and neighbourhoods of Eindhoven.