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Phillips & Company was founded in 1891 by Frederick Phillips and his son Gerard, who was an engineer at the Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation Limited. Gerard Phillips constantly experimented with improving the longevity of light bulbs, at the same time optimizing production methods. . His younger brother Anton Phillips later joined the firm, adding business awareness that laid the foundation for the company’s international expansion. The company was driven by technology, however, often striving for high quality rather than low cost. In later years the company was often slow to bring its innovative technology to market.