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Statement of Philips CEO Frans van Houten on the COVID-19 outbreak

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 19, 2020 European News

Philips has a balanced manufacturing footprint across the globe, with manufacturing sites in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, including several in China. In line with our business continuity system, we have implemented the relevant safety protocols in all our worldwide sites.

We are ramping up our production in China since the restart in February, 2020, where we are now above 80% capacity utilization. To meet the increased demand for our professional healthcare products and solutions, across the globe we are in the process of increasing their production and roll-out. In particular, this relates to certain diagnostic imaging systems, patient monitors and ventilators – see below. We are working closely with our suppliers to secure materials supply to feed both our own manufacturing sites and our finished goods suppliers.

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How we can help make a difference
I am proud that our employees around the world are stepping up to support healthcare providers and their patients in the fight against COVID-19. We have a broad portfolio of products, services and solutions that can help address the preparedness, response and recovery needs of an infectious respiratory disease such as COVID-19, including:

Critical care point-solutions to treat respiratory disease. These include patient monitoring solutions to monitor a patient’s vital signs and detect subtle changes, and ventilators and medical consumables for invasive, non-invasive and mixed-mode ventilation to treat a broad range of respiratory conditions.

Diagnostic imaging systems and services, including CT, mobile diagnostic X-ray, and ultrasound to help diagnose respiratory conditions.
Hospital telehealth solutions for the ICU and telehealth solutions to connect caregivers and patients at home.

Also the Philips Foundation is helping to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The Philips Foundation is the central platform for Philips’ CSR activities, founded on the belief that through innovation and collaboration we can solve some of the world’s toughest challenges and make an impact where it really matters. In January, the Foundation donated a range of diagnostic imaging, patient monitoring and respiratory therapy equipment and supplies to the Thunder God Mountain Hospital in Wuhan, China. The Foundation is currently working closely with Philips’ teams in Kenya, South Sudan and Italy to support their national healthcare systems, all of which have been deeply impacted.

Our mission to improve lives is more relevant now than ever. I would like to sincerely thank our employees, customers and partners for staying focused during these testing times and for their continued collaboration. Together, we can make a difference.

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