Speaking about the performance of the company as a whole, which generated total sales of EUR 6.1 billion for the quarter, Gerard Kleisterlee, President and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics, said, "We are increasingly benefiting from our leadership position in the shift to energy-efficient lighting solutions, both in the professional and consumer domain, and will further add to our strength in LED lighting, a fast-growing new segment in the lighting market, not least through our recently-announced intention to acquire Color Kinetics."
The Lighting business employed 53,500 staff, and reported sales of EUR 102 million from the recently acquired Partners in Lighting International (PLI), the European leader in home luminaires.
The leading business highlight for the quarter was Philips agreement to purchase Color Kinetics. The deal is expected to further accelerate growth in the Solid State Lighting (SSL) luminaires area of the lighting market. Philips also completed its acquisition of Vancouver, Canada-based TIR Systems Ltd, a leading company in LED technology for modules that generate high quality white light.
Philips says that the acquisitions will give the company "a leading position in the entire LED lighting value chain and strengthen its IP portfolio."