Ritchie Bros. gears up for massive Moerdijk auction
9 May 2018
Even by Ritchie Bros. standards, this May’s auction (May 17-18) in Moerdijk, The Netherlands, promises to be exceptional. Despite a history of staging large equipment auctions locally since 1987, expectation is building that the upcoming event in Moerdijk will be the biggest of recent times. The Netherlands is a strong, international base for Ritchie Bros., reflecting the country’s tradition in the European construction industry and also its significance as a trading hub for the Middle-East and African construction markets.
The auction inventory contains an extensive range of premium brand equipment and has already hit a total of over 2,300 items. However, the undoubted highlight is the unusually high proportion of young, heavy Caterpillar equipment available, which currently stands at over 170. Bidders will be able to spot the long rows of distinctive yellow from afar which include motor graders, excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, all lined up in Moerdijk’s yard for pre-sale personal inspection. This is in addition to being able to bid on many other used equipment items, trucks, attachments and more from dozens of other manufacturers.
Ritchie Bros. onsite auctions are strictly unreserved, meaning there are no minimum bids or reserve prices on the items offered. Every single item will sell on the auction day regardless of price, ensuring a transparent process. A typical Ritchie Bros. live onsite auction is a fast-paced, vibrant event. Weeks of preparation culminate in a steady convoy of equipment items driving past those in attendance - while ‘Bidcatchers’ instantly catch and relay bids to a live auctioneer. But even those who can’t make it in person don’t have to miss out on deals, as bids can also be placed live online and by proxy.
Source: Ritchie Bros.