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

Stop Press: ESTA Users' Night and Awards 2020

Online ESTA Awards and Webinar:
September 24, 2020, at 1500 CEST

ESTA AWARDS and market update 2020

This year’s ESTA Awards of Excellence will be staged online on 24 September and combined with a short conference, led by keynote speaker Wim Sarens, CEO of Sarens Group.


The online format will comprise the announcement of the ESTA Award winners alongside three presentations addressing the key issues facing the crane and specialized transport sector.


Wim Sarens will give the keynote address on ‘The dynamic reality of the 2020-2022 market’, while Chris Sleight, Managing Director of Off-Highway Research, will report on the global market for cranes. A third speaker will be confirmed in the coming weeks.


The event is jointly organised by ESTA and International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine. Ton Klijn, director, ESTA, said; “It is unfortunate that we are not be able to meet in person this year, because of COVID-19, but we can still celebrate the achievements of our industry.


“Combining the awards with market presentations means that we can also provide attendees with valuable insights into business conditions and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. We are delighted that Wim Sarens is our keynote speaker.”


Registration for the event is free and will be open soon at


Details of ESTA’s autumn Section Cranes, Section Transport and General Assembly meetings will be announced shortly.  The meetings will also be staged online and are planned for October 13 and 14.

As a result of COVID-19, ESTA has had to postpone the planned Autumn meeting in Helsinki, Finland, until 2021.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please contact: 

Caroline van Geest, ESTA, Tel: +31 71 572 4705, E-mail: 

or Murray Pollok, KHL Group, Tel: +44 1505 850043, E-mail:

2019 Winners on stage


ESTA received a record number of entries for its 2020 awards. The finalists in each of the ten categories have been announced. Details are in the shortlist section of this website. The winners will be revealed at the ESTA Awards dinner at its rearranged date and location in the autumn. For more information, please contact the ESTA Office. 


The ESTA Users' Night and Awards of Excellence takes place in the Spring of every year and has become a hugely popular event, regularly attracting more than 500 guests.

The awards are open to companies that are members of ESTA national associations, ESTA special members and ESTA affiliates.


There are ten categories which in 2019 attracted almost 70 entries:

- Cranes telescopic lifting capacity ≤ 120 t
  and knuckle boom cranes of any type and lifting capacity.

- Cranes telescopic lifting capacity > 120 t

- Cranes Lattice Boom

- Transport - trailer and load under 120t GCW [Gross weight]

- Transport- trailer and load over 120t GCW [Gross weight]

- Combined Techniques

- Safety

- Innovation - End User

- Innovation - Manufacturer

- SPMT job of the year

The entry forms are in the relevant section on this website, or can be found here

The crane and transport jobs of the year are awarded to an individual company for an innovative, complicated or otherwise unusual job, completed safely, professionally and to the client’s satisfaction.


Smaller companies are especially encouraged to enter.

The judging is carried out by an independent jury of experienced professionals, according to a strict points system drawn up by ESTA.


The finalists are published in advance of the awards evening, with the winners being announced on the night.

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