The Electrologica building in Rijswijk.
In the days computing machines became more commercial objects, the Mathematical Center decided to split off the building process of computing machines. A new company, Electrologica, was born in 1958, because there was no reason to continue research in building computing machines. In the early years, Electrologica was strongly connected with the Mathematical Center. After a couple of years, in 1965, the Electrologica N.V. company moved from Amsterdam to Rijswijk, nearby The Hague, where the Dutch Prince Bernhard opened the new building.
Prince Bernhard opening the new Electrologica building.
After a couple of years, the Electrologica N.V. company became more independent. Electrologica built several machines, most notably:
The first commercial and professional computing machines building company in the Netherlands, Electrologica N.V., only survived until 1968, because of the hard international competition.
After a successful period of nearby 10 years in building advanced and high quality computing machines, the Electrologica company went bankrupt in 1968, because of the strong competition of companies with a bigger sales markets and a good reputations, like IBM. Before the bankrupt, Electrologica N.V. tried to find a new partner to cover the strong competition and rising costs in the market of computing machines. In 1968, Philips took over the Electrologica company, which had a debt of 10 million Dutch guilders. After Philips bought Electrologica, it never became as successful as before.
Currently "Stichting Electrologica" (translated: Electrologica Foundation) preserves what is left of Electrologica N.V. They have extensive documentation, literature and software in their archives, which they lend out to museums or other organizations. Their website, www.electrologica.nl, holds some of the historical information.