English - Nooteboom Giants on the Road Magazine English - Nr. 5 - 2018 - Page 48

GIANTS ON THE ROAD DE ESTA The ESTA - the European association for the abnormal transport and mobile crane rental industry – was established in 1976. Currently the organisation has members in 18 European countries. The ESTA has excellent connections with the suppliers of equipment for heavy transport and crane suppliers. Ton Klijn joined Mammoet-Stoof in 1977 and he was managing director at Wagenborg-Nedlift from 2003 to 2017. Since July 2017 he is director at ESTA. 1  WHO IS TON KLIJN The son of a baker in Hilversum. 2  WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE? My father taught me that you have to work to earn a crust. Even on the Saturday before Christmas we had to do the rounds to deliver bread. Hard work, but I didn’t mind. 3  WHAT DID YOU LEARN LAST WEEK? Cooperation in Europe seems simple, but in practice if often breaks down due to all sorts of national interests. 4  WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE IN EUROPE IF IT QUESTIONS TO TON KLIJN Director ESTA 48 WAS UP TO YOU? It would be my wish that the rules that countries agree on are enforced too. Without enforcement the authorities lose their credibility. 5  WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS FOR THE HEAV Y TRANSPORT INDUSTRY IN EUROPE GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE? I hope that the politicians will be able to improve the infrastructure for abnormal transport. Countries that protect their own markets constitute a threat.