Martin van den Brink award July 6 2023

For the best contributor in precision engineering from both system architecture and business development perspective.

On july 6 Henny Spaan – founder and CEO of IBS Precision Engineering – was honoured with the prestigious Martin van den Brink Award, presented by Martin van den Brink himself, during a gala dinner initiated by the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) and held at Mikrocentrum in Veldhoven. It was the fourth edition of this event. The award named after chief product and technology officer of ASML Martin van den Brink, aims to underline the success of system architecture in the development of high-tech machines in the Dutch high-tech systems industry. The success of the technology shows that our country plays a leading role in this field.

To underline the award DSPE organized a Gala Dinner at Mikrocentrum. It was an evening of excellent networking, fine dining and entertainment in an appropriate ambiance. From 16:00 PhDs from technical universities of the Netherlands showed their graduation work.

We congratulate Henny Spaan with this well-deserved recognition of his technical expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and constant pursuit of innovation and precision. He has had a lasting impact on precision technology and metrology and his dedication to the field and ability to push boundaries have made him a respected pioneer, whose achievements and contributions are recognised and appreciated both in the Netherlands and internationally.

The main organizer of the award ceremony was the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) in collaboration with cooperation partner Mikrocentrum. The award ceremony brought together about 220 participants from the industry and knowledge institutions to celebrate this event. The jury members of the Martin van den Brink Award are Martin van den Brink (ASML), Jos Benschop (ASML), Pieter Kappelhof (Hittech), Adrian Rankers (Mechatronics Academy), and Hans Krikhaar (Dutch Society for Precision Engineering & Fontys Hogeschool). Previous recipients of the Martin van den Brink Award were Erik Loopstra (2012), Jan Van Eijk (2016) and Marco Wieland (2018).

As DSPE we appreciated the presence of (Phd) students from Technische Universiteit EindhovenTU DelftUniversity of Twente, and Fontys Hogeschool during the award ceremony. It is highly relevant and inspiring to involve students and young professionals in our community of precision engineers.

The litho award was presented by Nederlands Steendruk Museum Valkenswaard.

Impression of Martin van den Brink Award Gala 2023 (With sound)


To support the success of the ceremony of the Martin van den Brink Award we are looking for companies as a partner and as ‘ambassador’ to ‘buy’ a dinner table for 9 guests, including exclusive dinner and entertainment.

Last time almost 200 guests joined this social event. Hosts were during the past few years: Mikrocentrum, ASML, MTA Group, Demcon, VDL ETG, Fontys, Settlels Savenije Group, MI – Partners, IBS Precision Engineering, TU/E, High Tech Campus, Hittech Group, Holland Innovative, Holland Instrumentation, Itility, Mapper, NTS Group, Tegema, TMC,
TNO, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, UTwente.

More information about the Gala Dinner and  the PhD exhibition via

Criteria candidate Martin van den Brink Award

Excellent system engineer with business oriëntation towards success:

  1. Unorthodox thinker.
  2. Contribution to innovations.
  3. Involved in new business creation.
  4. Has interdisciplinary collaboration.
  5. Using soft skills to achieve results.
  6. Is open to unconventional solutions and ready to go places where others think the limit has been reached.
  7. Also looks at whether something can really work in practice.
  8. Connect all modules to each other.
  9. Has a total overview of the system and can decide whether something can be done in the hardware, the electronics or the software.
  10. Has a good overview of all of the modules and all of the interfaces between the modules in the system. Moreover, keeps future developments in mind, so that when there’s a new design, most of the modules can be used again very easily. etc. etc.
  11. Patent filings.


Jos Benschop (ASML), Pieter Kappelhof (Hittech Group), Adrian Rankers (Mechatronics Academy), Hans Krikhaar (Hurli) en Martin van den Brink (ASML).

Suitable candidates can be passed on to President Hans Krikhaar before TBD.

Impression of Martin van den Brink Award Gala 2018 (with sound)

Partners of this event

Marco Wieland (Mapper Lithography) receives the Martin van den Brink Award 2018

Award for ‘technical conscience’ of electron beam lithography

Marco Wieland (Mapper Lithography) received the Martin van den Brink Award June 7, 2018. This system architecture award was presented at a gala dinner held at the Evoluon in Eindhoven as part of the Dutch Technology Week. The event was organized by the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) in collaboration with Brainport Industries. Marco Wieland is the CTO and co-founder of Mapper Lithography in Delft. He serves as the ‘technical conscience’ in the development of electron beam lithography into a full-blown supplement to optical lithography. This conventional lithography is the technology with which Martin van den Brink’s ASML has grown to become world market leader.

From left to right: Hans Krikhaar (president DSPE), prof. Pieter Kruit (University Delft), Marco Wieland (CTO Mapper), Martin van den Brink (CTO ASML)

Martin van den Brink Award 2016 for founder of mechatronics in the Netherlands

Jan van Eijk, former CTO of Mechatronics at Philips Applied Technologies and Emeritus Professor of Advanced Mechatronics at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), received the Martin van den Brink Award May 26, 2016.

This second system architecture award was presented at a gala dinner held at the Evoluon in Eindhoven as part of the Dutch Technology Week. The event was organised by the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) in collaboration with Brainport Industries.

Jan van Eijk is the founder of mechatronics in the Netherlands and an unorthodox thinker. He has contributed to innovations at Philips and spin-offs such as ASML, has dedicated himself to teaching mechatronics, and places a lot of emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and soft skills.

Many prominent representatives from the high-tech industry were there to underline the importance of system architecture for the success of the Dutch high-tech systems industry and the leading role our country is playing in this field.

Martin van den Brink Award 2012

In 2012, the DSPE Advisory Board suggested that another award would be welcome, for the best system architect in precision engineering. A name was found easily. By far Martin van den Brink is the most successful system architect in the Netherlands, bringing ASML to where it is today. He would say: “I did it with my team”, which is of course true, but Martin van den Brink played the crucial role of giving directions.
The first Martin van den Brink Award was assigned in 2012, to ir. Erik Loopstra of ASML during a very nice and informative ceremony at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

Hall of Fame

2023Henny SpaanIBS Precision Engineering
2018Marco WielandMAPPER
2016Jan van EijkMICE
2012Erik LoopstraASML


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