In the early 1930s, the Phillips head screw was invented by Oregon businessman Henry Phillips (1889–1958).
Automobile manufacturers originally used car assembly lines. They needed screws that could take greater torque and could provide tighter fastenings.
The Phillips head screw was compatible with the automated screwdrivers used in an assembly line and was therefore the ideal choice.
Still in production now, although in Europe the use is generally restricted to Drywall Screws and Set Screws.
Globally, the Phillips head screw is far more common and is used in a far greater selection of screws than in Europe.
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