In the first quarter of 2021, Ritchie Bros. website traffic was up 47% year-on-year, while bidder registrations were up 49%.
"We currently see price performance of construction equipment at our auctions in Europe averaging 10 to 15% higher than a year ago," said Jeroen Rijk, Ritchie Bros. managing director EMEA & Latin America. "I've never seen anything like this in my 25 years working in the industry."
Rijk continued: "Ritchie Bros. has always been on the cusp of international equipment supply and demand. We've seen massive demand spikes in the past, but they are normally regionalised. It's now a global tendency with increased bidder activity from all over the world, from almost all industry verticals we serve. Construction, agricultural, mining, transportation or other industries; demand is incredibly strong across the board. It's an exciting time if you have equipment to sell."
In addition to market conditions, Ritchie Bros. also attributes increased buyer activity to the fact that auctions provide quick access to work-ready equipment and the company's online Timed Auction system, which has been used exclusively in the EMEA region since March 2020, has made bidding easier and more convenient.
To learn more about equipment pricing, download the latest European Ritchie Bros.' Market Insight report here (available in 8 languages) or Ritchie Bros.' June 2021 Market Trends Report here. A closer look at the data shows:
· Hydraulic excavators, a typical machine used in construction and mining, saw median auction prices in Europe rise 23%, with an average of EUR 39,858 per item. International competition increased on these diggers, with 12% being sold to out-of-country buyers (7% same period in 2020). Top buyer countries included The Netherlands, UK, Romania, Poland and Spain.
· The median price of wheeled loaders sold at Ritchie Bros. auctions in Europe increased 5.6% in Q1 (compared to Q1 2020), averaging €25,012 per item. The top buyer countries for wheeled loaders were The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland.
"With our international digital marketing program running at full steam to attract buyers, it's not an exception at our auctions to see young, low-hour items selling at premium price levels," Rijk continues. "Not just for our unreserved Timed Auctions, but we also see it with our reserved solution, Marketplace-E. Using advanced data tools, we're keeping a close eye on movements in the market. With pricing being strong, it continues to be extremely favourable for turning any machinery into cash."