Are you familiar with the story of the pioneer Cornelis Corneliszoon from Uitgeest?
It’s an iconic story to us.
We’ll share it with you so you can get a clear picture of who we are and what our message is.
By the end of the 16th century, Cornelis Corneliszoon from Uitgeest invented one of the most important inventions in Dutch history; the wind-powered sawmill.
e came up with a smart way of converting the circular motion of the crankshaft into a back-and-forth motion of several saw blades alongside each other.
As a result of his invention, sawing was 30 times faster than sawing manually. It was revolutionary at the time! As a result of the increased sawmill speed, our country was able to build the world’s largest merchant fleet in the 17th century. It also provided us with a significant competitive advantage in the trade area.
At the same time the saw mill industry faced huge challenges due to the—in those days—new technology. The branch of industry had to be reshaped and reorganized—there were winners and losers. The businesses and workers that found a way to adapt and utilize the new advances in technology were able to carry on and contribute to the expansion and development of their new reality.
This 16th/17th century story is exemplary for the present moment. We are perpetually confronted by technological innovations, but the key to continuance is embracing these changes and creating new opportunities for people and organizations to grow substantially.
Xeelas means transformation. We are a group of innovative and technical pioneers whose focus is directed towards progress. We believe in technology with a societal value. With the story of Cornelis Corneliszoon from Uitgeest in mind, our message is as follows:
Don’t become a manual sawyer in the digital era!
Ivo van der Vaart
Anton de Bode
Magalie Linda C.
Senior UX Designer
Sira van Zanten
Maarten van Dootingh
Embedded System Engineer
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