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c1965. Portable record player. Exhibit at the Ceredigion Museum‎.
1956. Philips Refrigerator with in-built radio. Exhibit at the Musee EDF Electropolis, Mulhouse.
1956. Philips Refrigerator with in-built radio (detail). Exhibit at the Musee EDF Electropolis, Mulhouse.

Philips Electrical Industries Ltd, a subsidiary of N.V. Philips of the Netherlands.


1947 Reorganisation by N.V. Philips of its subsidiaries; Philips Lamps and Mullard became wholly-owned subsidiaries of a new company Philips Electrical Industries Ltd[1]

1952 Controlling interest in British Tungsram acquired by Philips Electrical Ltd[2].

1953 Manufacturer of TV sets [3]

1954 As Philips Electrical Ltd. Advert on this page for Electric Philishave Dry Shaver. [4]

1960 As part of the parent company's expansion into various areas of domestic appliances, acquired Ada of Halifax, makers of washing machines and spin driers[5]; arrangement to collaborate with Morphy-Richards would go ahead even though that company was acquired by EMI.

1960 Arthur Guinness, Son and Philips Electrical jointly acquired Crookes Laboratories[6]

1961 As Philips Electrical Ltd. Manufacturers of electrical apparatus, radio, television, record players, tape recorders, lamps and lighting fittings, domestic appliances and amplifying and cinema equipment. [7]

1961 Established Amalgamated Electric Services at Croydon to take over the service departments of[8]:

1962 Joint venture with EMI to make magnetic tape for both companies in a factory to be built at Hayes[9]. Joint venture of Research and Control Instruments with Redifon of the Rediffusion group, pooling the 2 companies' induction and dielectric heating businesses; to be called Intertherm; based in Brixton[10]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Car radios.[11]

By 1965 the British arm of Philips was Philips Electronic and Associated Industries; 30,000 employees[12].

1967 After several years losses, Rediffusion sold its interest in Intertherm to Philips[13]

1967 After a Stock market battle, Philips acquired Pye[14]; shareholders had an option to buy back into the company before 1970.

By 1968 Intertherm was part of the Elphiac Group, which combined the electroheating interests of Philips and ACEC[15]

1968 W. G. Pye and Unicam Instruments were merged to become Pye Unicam; Philips's scientific division from Mullard was also put into the new company[16]

1969 Principal subsidiaries were[17]:

1969 Acquired English Electric Arc Welding[18]

1976 Philips Electronics and Associated Industries withdrew from the UK retail and television rental business, selling 155 Loyds shops to a number of other participants in the sector[19]

1976 Philips acquired the consumer businesses (i.e. radio and television) from Pye, which would then concentrate on professional electronics operations[20]


See Philips Electrical: Radio


See Philips Electrical: Television

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 24, 1947
  2. Competition Commission [1]
  3. Choosing your Television Set. Published by Freelance in 1953.
  4. [2] History World
  5. The Times, Sep 06, 1960
  6. The Times, Oct 29, 1960
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times, Jul 31, 1961
  9. The Times, Apr 18, 1962
  10. The Times, Jun 28, 1962
  11. 1963 Motor Show
  12. The Times, Dec 16, 1965
  13. The Times, Jul 05, 1967
  14. The Times, Feb 18, 1967
  15. The Times, Feb 12, 1968
  16. The Times, Jul 01, 1968
  17. The Times, Jun 02, 1969
  18. The Times, Aug 22, 1969
  19. The Times July 10, 1976
  20. The Times, Dec 14, 1976