£4mn DUO Washing Plant sale attracts global online audience

A recent one-day sale of specialist washing and recycling plant, screeners, crushers, excavators, loaders and ancillary aggregate processing equipment, held at the DUO facility in Burton-upon-Trent, central England, attracted a global audience and generated just over £4 million in sales.
Auctions, Used Equipment, Rental & Finance / September 4, 2020
By Guy Woodford
Duo Group depot

The exciting event was part of a stock refresh ahead of the new and exciting expansion program DUO are planning at their new site in Coventry, where the very latest aggregate processing, recycling machinery and ancillary plant equipment will be installed. Now, following the recent sale, the Burton-upon-Trent site will be decommissioned.

Duo2Up for sale was an inventory of major items from the Terex and Powerscreen washing and recycling range including: major components for wash plants, de-watering equipment, filter presses, filter tanks, sand plants, conveyors, screeners, and crushers in addition to a range of various commercials, plus general plant and machinery.

With Covid in mind, two 'viewing-days' were set up prior to the sale, which were well attended by representatives from across the industry, such was the interest in this sale. Online bidding was always going to be the preferred route for prospective buyers, due to COVID-19, with interested bidders attending the viewing days, and bidding online during the actual sale. In total, 669 bidders registered, with 613 bidders placing their bids online, which equated to 94% of all bidding activity. This sale attracted many new registrations who previously had never participated in a Euro Auctions sale, with 13% of bids coming from new bidders. Of all successful buyers, 74% of purchasers were conducted online.

Duo3It was the international activity that was interesting, and considering the special nature of this sale, bidders from over 45 countries globally registered participate in the sale, across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Australia and South America. As expected, the top buying country was the UK, however, successful bids were received from, and in this order: UK, Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Malta, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and Hungary.

Live – Online

Euro Auctions uses a robust and bespoke online bidding platform, and by taking video and images of all lots ran a live 'online sale' which bidders could then view, allowing the global audience, as well as floor bidders on the day, to participate in the sale. The scheduled auctioneers would normally travel from the USA to officiate at the sale. However, due to travel restrictions, on this occasion, they conducted the sale in real time, live and online, from the offices of Euro Auctions sister company, Yoder & Frey, who are based in Ohio.

Duo4David Betts, sales manager for Euro Auctions, comments on the success of the sale, "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Euro Auctions has never missed a sale, with a combination of operating behind closed doors, live on-line auctions, and timed sales. The DUO sale was no different. With the online capability we have, our bespoke bidding platform, hosting an online sale in real-time, is something that Euro Auctions excels at. Our IT teams, in the UK and the USA, have linked technology, enabling auctions, such as the DUO sale to happen throughout the COVID pandemic. Prices were good and both buyers and the seller were happy with the outcome of the sale."

The hammer total for the sale was just over £4 million, with the inventory including a broad selection of components for the Terex® and Powerscreen washing systems with notable items being: M1700 Tracked Triple Deck 3 Way Wash Plant, Powerscreen 2100 Tracked Twin Deck 2-Way Screener/Washer, and Terex Aggwash 60-2 Duel Sand c/w Feeder & Conveyors.

Betts concludes: "Again, Euro Auctions has proven that it can operate in highly specialised sectors of the market. We understand this sector, the equipment, and the buying audience, and have demonstrated we can attract a specialist international audience. More importantly, this sale has also demonstrated that Euro Auctions is open for business, both 'on-site', at one of our permanent sales arenas, 'online' and like the DUO sale, 'off-site' at a client site."

Notable Lots included

Static Wash Plant components
2018 Terex M1700 Tracked Triple Deck 3 Way Wash Plant £100,000
2007 Powerscreen 2100 Tracked Twin Deck 2-Way Screener/Washer £38,000
2014 Terex Aggwash 60-2 Duel Sand c/w Feeder & Conveyors £150,000
2007 Powerscreen  SW70 Log Wash c/w Trash Screen & Dewatering Screen £15,000
2006   Eral Ultrafine Sand Plant £39,000
6M Thickening System £5,000

Conveyors
Terex 20' Folding Conveyor, Hopper £5,000
Terex 20' Folding Conveyor, Hopper £5,000
2006 Powerscreen T6532 65ft Single Axle Stock Piler c/w Power Pack £6,750
2018 Ezystack 65' Double Folding Conveyor £2,500

Crushers
2016   Powerscreen Maxtrak 1300 Tracked Cone Crusher £200,000
2015 McCloskey C44 Tracked Cone Crusher £116,000
2013 Powerscreen XA750S Tracked Jaw Crusher, Side Discharge Belt, Over Band Magnet £137,500

Wheeled Excavators
2011 Liebherr A934C LITRONIC Wheeled Material Handler, Stabilisers, CV, Piped, Aux. Piping, Hi Rise Cab, Long Reach Boom & Dipper, Demo Cage, Reverse Camera, A/C £101,000

Wheeled Loaders
2016 Doosan DL420-5 Wheeled Loader, Reverse Camera, Auto Lube, WLI, A/C £48,000
2015 Doosan DL420-5 Wheeled Loader, Reverse Camera, Auto Lube, WLI, A/C £50,000
2011 Doosan DL420-3 Wheeled Loader, Reverse Camera, Auto Lube, WLI, A/C £28,000
2014 Doosan DL350-5 Wheeled Loader, Reverse Camera, Auto Lube, WLI, A/C £37,000

Dozers
2011 Komatsu D65PX-16 Straight Blade & Tilt, Reverse Camera, A/C £49,000
2011 Komatsu D65WX-16 Straight Blade & Tilt, Reverse Camera, A/C £43,000

Motor Graders
2005 CAT 14H Motor Grader, 7 Shank Ripper, Reverse Camera, A/C £75,000
CAT 14H Motor Grader, 7 Shank Ripper, Reverse Camera, A/C £60,000

Articulated Dump Trucks
2003 Hydrema 912C 4x4 Articulated Fuel Bowser, Reverse Camera £19,000

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