ESTA has decided to amend the rules for the 2023 awards to try and encourage a wider range of companies of different sizes to enter.
ESTA has members in 25 countries but even though the awards are well attended and regarded as very successful, several countries rarely submit any entries.
The move is also intended to raise the profile of companies’ environmental and educational work.
As a result, a new single innovation category has been created – both for manufacturers and end users – and a training category has also been established reflecting the growing importance of raising the industry’s skill levels.
ESTA has also agreed that a single company can only submit a maximum total of three entries into the competition, with a maximum one per category.
Fabio Belli, ESTA President and CEO of Italian heavy lifting and transport company Fagioli, said: “The ESTA Awards are already a great event and a marvellous opportunity for our industry to show off its very best work and projects.
“But nothing is ever perfect and we hope that these changes will encourage even more companies of different types and sizes, and from a wider range of countries, to enter. Certainly, they will not regret it if they do.”
New entry forms will be published shortly and will be available from the ESTA website – as before, entries will be accepted in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
The deadline for entries is January 20.
The ESTA 2023 Spring Meetings and Awards Dinner will be held on April 20 and 21 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Further details are on the ESTA website.