Words from the EDA President: The EDA Industry Report 2015

Published 26/11, 2015 at 14:05

The European Demolition Association has finalized its detailed report for almost all the active European demolition markets.

The data in the report has been collected and put together by the EDA and produced and edited by RABUSO, Association Management Company. The price for the publication is €200 and can be requested on the link: http://www.europeandemolition.org/industryreport

One of those from the association involved with the report is Deutscher Abbruchverband, the German Demolition Association, managing director Andreas Pocha, who shares some of his views of the work with the report.

The background for the report was that the European demolition industry lacked solid data from its branch and statistics of demolition industry’s trends, mainly concerning how it actually functions for contractors. The data from the construction sector might not be directly applicable, as a similar trend to the demolition industry, as both markets are often following different timelines.

Therefore the EDA board, through the EDA Statistics Working group, decided to produce a market report for the demolition industry. This report was based on surveying the contractors focusing on national associations and some other countries. Furthermore, the EDA would like to create a reference methodology and documentation to analyse the market trends of each country and the overall development of the industry in Europe.

This was endeavoured to close the data gap and to help the demolition industry to gain proper recognition by means of such data in the building industry and public acceptance more than ever.

”This little demolition can be done by anyone” is such a common prejudice, with which the demolition industry had to live with for decades. This prejudice belongs to the past as the demolition industry, and the technology of demolition, have fundamentally changed in the last 25 years.

Due to changes in the legal regulations and social conditions, the industry has had to respond to manifold requirements. Producers of construction machinery and of add-on parts manufacturers have complied with the demands of the industry, so that currently the technology of demolition is very high-tech. Due to this, quality demands have risen severely for demolition professionals.

With constant growing and changing legal and social conditions, the quality, safety and environmental requirements for the companies increase. The number and importance of the applicable safety regulations during demolition are higher than in the construction of buildings.

Currently the demolition industry is an economic sector with high technical and business standards. Slowly, the general public is becoming more conscious and able to realise that demolition work requires a high level of quality in the implementation, as well as during the planning and tendering.

The EDA’s directly or indirectly affiliated national associations’ demolition companies have the expertise, the well-trained staff and machine and equipment park, always up to date.

With the participation of 266 demolition contractors from 16 countries this is a representative statistical study of the European demolition industry, something done for the very first time. The EDA thanks all those who participated in the survey and answered the questions. We sincerely hope this study is well received.


Pilar de la Cruz

President of the European

Demolition Association


About EDA

The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.



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