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Founded in 1891 and now headquartered in Amsterdam, Philips began by making carbon-filament lamps and, by the turn of the century, was one of the largest producers in Europe.

For more than a century since, Philips has invented high impact products across the lighting, healthcare and consumer lifestyle sectors to become one of the largest companies in the world with over 120,000 employees and a turnover in excess 26 billion Euros during 2007.

Philips focus is now on the health and well-being market segments while continuing to build on its brand strength and innovation capabilities. This has encouraged 70% of the top-50 US hospitals to choose Philips solutions for cardiology, more than one million consumer lifestyle products to be sold every day and contracts to light 65% of the world's top airports, 30% of all offices and hospitals and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Pyramids.

The Philips manufacturing site in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, opened in 1947 and has now approximately 350 employees and a turnover of over £40 million. The facility primarily produces professional luminaires as well as Sox lamps - the world's most efficient road lighting solution.

Philips Hamilton has joined the Centre for Engineering Education & Development to hook in to the local engineering experiences of similar manufacturing businesses.