ESTA is the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

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Welcome to ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

We represent national trade associations whose members are mobile crane and access platform, rental and abnormal road transport companies.

Individual companies can become special members if there is no appropriate national association from their country.

ESTA also welcomes affiliate members from relevant clients, government departments, regulatory bodies, service companies and all organisations active in our markets.

In addition, ESTA has recently created the category of “Supporter” for companies that are members of their ESTA’s national associations but who want to become more directly involved in ESTA’s work.


New EU directive underlines urgent need for ECOL

February 10, 2020

Support for ESTA’s new European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) could be given added impetus by a new directive from the European Union due to come into force this summer. Go to ESTA News here for the full story.

ESTA Awards 2020 finalists revealed on March 13

January 30, 2020

The finalists in each of the ten categories of the 2020 ESTA Awards will be announced on March 13, with the winners revealed at the ESTA Awards dinner in Amsterdam on Thursday, April 23. ESTA has received a record number of entries for this year’s event. For more information, or to book your place, go to the awards page on this website here or

Laso Transportes is new ESTA member in Portugal 

January 28, 2020

Laso Transportes from Portugal has become the latest organisation to join ESTA.

The company has been accepted as a Special Member. The news means that the number of ESTA members, affiliates and supporters is at its highest-ever level - 80 organisations from 22 countries.

ECOL wins official EQF backing

December 6, 2019

ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence project received another big boost this week with the news that ECOL has been approved by the European Qualifications Framework. 

New ESTA members in Denmark

The Transport Section of the Confederation of Danish Industry (ATL/DI), based in Copenhagen has become an Ordinary Member. The total of Ordinary Members now stands at 21 following the decision of two Turkish associations AKT and AND to join ESTA earlier this year.

DTL Kran Blok Erfa, part of the Danish Transport and Logistics Association,  has joined as an Affiliate Member, bringing the number of members in that category to 39 companies.  ESTA has also confirmed four new supporters - AVI Cranes, CDS, Gebr. Markewitsch and SAE. 

Meissner joins ECOL Supervisory Board

Klaus Meissner - director of engineering systems, product safety and IPM for Demag Mobile Cranes - has joined the Supervisory Board of the European Crane Operators Licence scheme.

First Marking and Lighting report completed

ESTA has started lobbying European organisations to support plans for the harmonization of marking and lighting regulations for abnormal road transport. The move follows the completion of the first report from the special stakeholder working group which proposes adapting the current ECE R48 regulation as the basis for agreed Europe-wide lighting and marking standards. Go to ESTA News for more

BigMove’s Beckedorf joins ESTA Board

Olaf Beckedorf, Chairman of the Board of German company BigMove, has been unanimously elected to the ESTA Board. BigMove is a Europe-wide network of heavy-duty logistics companies and is a member of ESTA’s German member association BSK. Beckedorf replaces Robert Markewitsch of  Gebr. Markewitsch, who is retiring

Recent accidents prompt wind BPG additions

The final touches are now being put to ESTA’s new best practice guide for the safe transport and erection of onshore wind turbines.  Following a series of recent accidents involving manually steered trailers, the working group has decided to include several late amendments. Go to ESTA News for more.

New move on Crane Capacity Index

ESTA is determined to give new impetus to expanding its Crane Capacity Index project in 2020.

Despite the doubts from some manufacturers, we are convinced that this will support our safety agenda by increasing industry transparency.

ISO 9001 success for ECOL project

ESTA’s planned European Crane Operators’ Licence has been awarded ISO 9001-2015 certification after successfully completing the required audit. The award means that ECOL can now apply to have the licence registered and recognised by the Dutch NLQF qualifications framework. Through the NLQF it will be aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) across Europe. 

Full story in ESTA News or go to for more ECOL information

Transport added to Brussels wind safety project

The European Commission’s Wind Harmony project - created to improve safety in Europe’s burgeoning wind energy sector – has agreed to include transportation in the study in response to a request from ESTA. Go to ESTA News for more

IRU backs ESTA’s transport corridors call

International road transport association IRU is throwing its weight behind ESTA’s call for a network of abnormal road transport corridors to be created across Europe. Go to ESTA News for more.

Japan Crane Association joins ICSA

The Japan Crane Association voted to join the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA) at its board meeting in June. Go to ESTA News for more

ICSA developing two new position papers

The International Crane Stakeholders Assembly is working on two new position papers – on the transport and erection of large wind farm components and the use of cranes on barges.

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