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In 1925 Anton den Hartog was send to Australia to establish a Philips office in Australia. The company opened its doors in December 1926, with seven staff members, in a small room in Margaret Street, Sydney. The following year the moved to Clarence Street. Later they established a factory in Camperdown for the production radiosets and radio kits later followed by lightbulbs .
In 1931 they opened a light bulb factory in Newcastle.
During WWII the company produced electronica and navigation equipment for the Australian Armed Forces. In 1974 it started to produce TV sets in a new factory in Clayton, Victoria.
Shortly after the war they also opened a factory in Adelaide, taking over an old ammunition factory in Hendon. This became a major production centre for TV tubes.
In the 2020s the company employes around 800 people in its Australia-New Zealand operations. Regional sales and support offices are located in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.
Current activities include: Philips Healthcare; Philips Lighting ; Philips Oral Healthcare, Philips Professional Dictation Solutions, Philips Professional Display Solutions, Philips AVENT Professional, Philips Consumer Lifestyle; Philips Sleep & Respiratory Care (formerly Respironics), with its ever-increasing national network of Sleepeasy Centres; Philips Dynalite (Lighting Control systems, acquired in 2009, global design and manufacturing centre) and Philips Selecon NZ (Lighting Entertainment product design and manufacture).
In 1992 Philips donated a new lighting system for the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. They were officially switched on as part of the harbour bridge’s 60th birthday. March 27, 1992 .
In 2000 they were in charge of the technical implementation of the lightning display at the Sydney Opera House.