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

Welcome to ESTA

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.

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Latest ESTA news

ESTA joins IRU to boost Brussels influence

ESTA has joined the IRU – the international road transport industry association - as an affiliate member in a move to increase the organisation’s profile and influence with the European Commission and international road transport authorities.


ECOL pilot scheme attracts new participants

Four organisations have agreed to take part in this month’s pilot – or test - run of the new European Crane Operators Licence scheme being launched by ESTA. Fagioli’s Corporate Academy from Italy and EUC Lillebǣlt from Denmark have signed up as have both SOMA and the Mammoet Training Centre from the Netherlands. 

Moves to harmonise marking and lighting regs

New moves to harmonize standards and regulations governing lighting and marking on heavy transport throughout Europe are underway following the inaugural meeting of a new ESTA technical working group hosted by BSK in Frankfurt at the end of January.

Apart from ESTA and BSK, organisations on the working group were the Dutch association TLN; Tii Group; Hipertrans, Broshuis, Kässbohrer and Faymonville. Any organisations interested in joining should contact the ESTA office. For the full story go to ESTA News. 

This year’s ESTA Users Night and Awards 2018 will take place at the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday, April 26, 2018, during the Intermat exhibition. The awards are run in partnership with International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine and full details plus booking information are in the awards section of this website.  

Changes at the top of ESTA confirmed

ESTA’s General Assembly in October confirmed the following changes at the top of the organisation:

- Stijn Sarens of Sarens becomes ESTA Secretary 

- Alexandre Vernazza of Mediaco  has taken over as Vice-President, Section Cranes.

- Jens Enggaard of BMS, becomes ESTA Treasurer, taking over from Hendrik Sarens whose term has ended. 

Stijn Sarens and Alexandre Vernazza took over the positions vacated by Ton Klijn when he succeeded Søren Jansen as ESTA Director in the summer. 

Poland hosted the 2017 ESTA Autumn Meetings in Krakow on October 19 and 20 – the first time that ESTA has met in Eastern Europe.  Organised by the Polish Heavy Transport Association (OSPTN), the meeting and dinner attracted almost 250 ESTA members and guests from 25 countries. It was one of the biggest heavy transport and lifting events held in the country. In the evening, an official networking dinner was held 125 meters underground in the famous Salt Mine in Wieliczka. Go to ESTA News for more information.

Victory in Spanish permits dispute

Spanish transport authorities have backed down in their attempts to enforce changes in the country’s exceptional transport regulations that discriminated against international hauliers.

The move follows a series of complaints made to the European Commission and the Spanish government from ESTA, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and a host of national trade bodies. Go to ESTA News for the full story. 

ESTA’s Annual review 2017

You can download the latest ESTA Annual Review here 

Upcoming events

  • 18th of October 2018 ESTA Annual Autumn Meeting

    ESTA 2018 Autumn Meeting - October 18th|19th, 2018, Switzerland
    Aquatis Hotel, Route de Berne 148, 1010 Lausanne, Vaud - Suisse, +41 (0)21 654 24 24, |

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