Philips established operations in Singapore in 1951. The new ASEAN & Pacific Center opened in Toa Payoh in 2016 to much fanfare and will serve as the regional headquarters for the region. The new facility, built on the same Philips site since 1972, boasts of a new 38,000-square-meter office building, bringing together Philips' innovation and design expertise and business-creation capabilities to better serve the company's business growth and address healthcare needs in the ASEAN & Pacific region.
The Philips APAC Center was built and designed with Workplace Innovation (WPI) in mind, a new way of working that encourages collaboration. With the aim to reduce carbon footprint, the new building now houses employees who used to occupy four buildings, with facilities that foster an activity-based collaborative work culture -- a vivid manifestation of Philips' business goals and role as the regional headquarters. The open-concept design of workplaces and the use of collaborative digital technologies enable employees to be more flexible and agile, in turn enabling them to be more productive, inspired and creative.
Today, Philips employs close to 1,000 people in its Singapore office.