Innovation, Group & Services

“In 2014, we continued to strengthen our innovation process, becoming much more efficient, effective and faster. We are improving our ability to innovate end-to-end and increasing our focus on digital innovation. By using technology, data and algorithms we are making our innovations even more relevant and meaningful for people on an individual level.”

Jim Andrew, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer

  • Philips Research celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 – a century-long track record of innovations that improved the world.
  • Philips established its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, enabling the co-creation of locally relevant solutions, business models and partnerships to address key challenges in the continent.
  • Philips rose to number 3 global position of patent applicants at the European Patent Office.
  • For Philips Design, 2014 was a record-breaking year with 137 design awards.


Innovation, Group & Services comprises the activities of Philips Group Innovation, Group headquarters, including country and regional management, and certain costs of pension and other post-retirement benefit plans. Additionally, the global shared business services for procurement, finance, human resources, IT and real estate are reported in this sector.


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