Billed as the pipeline construction event of the year, Ritchie Bros. conducted its largest-ever two-day auction in the United States on Sept. 28-29 in Columbus, Ohio.
More than 3,400 equipment items were sold for more than $76 million (USD). Approximately $61 million (USD) of the equipment was sold on Day One of the auction—the largest single sale day the company has ever had in the United States. With more than 175 crawler pipelayers and other equipment up for sale, bidders turned out in huge numbers on-site and online from around the world.
More than 3,600 bidders from 52 countries registered to bid in the auction, including more than 2,500 online — surpassing the previous Columbus attendance record by 36 percent. U.S. buyers – including 21 percent purchased by Ohio buyers – purchased approximately 91 percent of the equipment. International buyers purchased approximately 9 percent of the equipment from such countries as Singapore, South Africa, and The Netherlands.
“This was a truly unique event—it’s not often you sell more than $31 million (USD) in pipelayers in a single auction,” said Terry Dolan, president (USA & Latin America), Ritchie Bros. “This week we showcased our ability to build and market a successful pipeline event and reach the right buyers from around the world, even with the current state of the oil & gas market. This wasn’t just a Columbus auction; this was a global event. We attracted equipment from consignors across the United States, marketed it to the world, generated strong demand and pricing, and achieved record results.”
Beside the massive selection of pipelayers, the auction also featured 135 excavators, 110 dozers, more than 235 truck tractors, more than 210 trailers and much more. Equipment in the auction was sold for more than 265 owners, including more than 70 items for Denver, Colorado-based Cross Country Pipeline Supply Company, Inc.
“We’ve been selling and renting equipment to pipeline contractors for 35 years,” said John James, president of Cross Country Pipeline Supply. “We were looking to liquidate some of our surplus equipment. We talked to Ritchie Bros. and their competition, but felt Ritchie Bros. was the best route because of their expertise in marketing to people in our industry. Turnout at the auction was great and overall we ended up with better results than we expected.”
Specific equipment highlights included:
• 15 Caterpillar 583T crawler pipelayers sold for a combined $7.62 million (USD)
• 14 Caterpillar 594H crawler pipelayers sold for a combined $3.795 million (USD)
• Five 2008 Caterpillar 572R series II crawler pipelayers sold for a combined $1.725 million (USD)
• Two 2008 Caterpillar 587T crawler pipelayers sold for a combined $1.4 million (USD)
• Eight 2012 Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors sold for a combined $2.58 million (USD)
• Three Caterpillar D7E crawler tractors sold for a combined $860,000 (USD)