Management change announcement
15th of August 2019

As per the 1st of August 2019, Harm Woortmeijer will be the new Managing Director of WIB. Harm has  a strong international management track record in the Asian Pacific, North & South America and more recently in Europe in the Oil & Gas, Power Utilities and Food industry, where he served in different Managing Director roles in both IT and OT environments.

Alex van Delft: “Given our change goals and his track record we feel Harm is a perfect fit for the future
of WIB and the changes we need to make. We, as a board, already approved Harm’s overall change
vision and strategy of WIB, which is in line with our 2025 plan.”

Harm Woortmeijer: “I am very enthusiastic about the changes WIB wants to make and the potential.
Given my work history, I feel that digitalization is a matter of all levels in the organizations of our endusers. But also a matter of a strong knowledge ecosystem of companies that have experience in
digitalization. In this fast-changing world there is a strong need for a knowledge and experience
platform like WIB.”

Tom Kuperij will step down as Managing Director and will be part-time active as Consultant in the
existing working groups for this year. We would like to thank Tom for his tremendous commitment and the success he brought WIB over the last 20 years and are very pleased that he will still be involved with WIB in the coming period.

Alex van Delft - Chairman Executive Board WIB
Jos Menting - Vice-Chairman Executive Board WIB


5G Conference

April 9th 2019 - Leusden, The Netherlands

During this conference suppliers, integrators, providers and specialists addressed the “what, when and how” of 5G in the process industry as well the expected impact. Please click here for the programme.

WIB Seminar
Safe and Secure operation in Digital Transformation

2019 - The Hague - The Netherlands (download program)
The seminar was aimed at giving the audience a condensed update, share views and insights on the the subject of 'Safe and Secure operation in Digital transformation' within Process Automation.

You can obtain selected presentations by sending an email to

European Associations of automation technology end-users in the process industry see cybersecurity and 5G-connectivity as basis for digitalization
NEWEC Press Release 29th of October 2019
NEWEC represents over 250 companies using instrumentation and process control systems that are vital for the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of complex process industries. During the gathering the Associations reaffirmed their intention to cooperate closely in this challenging, fast moving and complex field, discussed common concerns and how best to address them. To further underline the importance of collaboration the existing cooperation agreement between NAMUR, EI, WIB and EXERA was extended to include CLUI AS as a new member. Varied and open discussions covered many key topics f.e. Cybersecurity of industrial systems, Connectivity in the industrial environment, Big data and Type testing.  Read the full Press Release here

WIB Plant Security Seminar at TU/e
15th of November 2019 - Eindhoven - The Netherlands

Various speakers shared insights on the subject of Plant Security with members of the WIB Working Group and students of the University of Eindhoven. One of the speakers was Dr. Konstantinos Moulinos of Enisa-Gr who joined via a Conference video call (see photo).


European associations of automation technology end-users in the process industry (NEWE)
An influential group of organisations representing European users of industrial process automation technology met recently and agreed key themes that must be addressed to meet the challenges of  he future. Board Members and directors of European user associations of automation technology in process industries - NAMUR, EI, WIB and EXERA - supported by EEMUA, the association for the users of  industrial assets, had their 6 th annual meeting in London on 21 September 2017, along with the 3 rd annual steering group meeting of NEWE 1 . Wide ranging discussions stressed the need for a next level of cooperation, in order to meet the challenges of increasing complexity and outside threats, and established key programmes to provide responses to these issues... Read More