More than 125 years ago Frederik Philips, together with his son Gerard and 10 employees, started the production of incandescent lamps and soon became one of the largest manufacturers of incandescent lamps in Europe. Since then, Philips has not only developed many innovative products and introduced new solutions in the field of lighting and lighting electronics, but also in other areas such as medical technology, consumer electronics and other technology industries. In 2016 the company was divided into the Royal Philips and Philips Lighting divisions. Philips Lighting is still one of the global market leaders with recognized expertise in the production, development and application of innovative lighting solutions. Royal Philips' business units, which are geared to global megatrends such as the increasing health needs of people, are also constantly achieving new innovations and successes in research and development.