Bidders from 60+ countries drawn to Ritchie Bros.' busy auction week

    International buyers in world's growing economies participate in auctions

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Interested equipment buyers from more than 60
countries registered to bid in eight unreserved public auctions conducted in
three countries last week by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA)
(, the world's largest industrial auctioneer. The largest
auctions were held at two of the Company's 38 auction sites: a
(euro)44 million (US$64 million) auction in Moerdijk, the Netherlands and a
US$42 million auction in Fort Worth, Texas (both held September 24 - 26,

    MOERDIJK, NETHERLANDS - Buyers from outside the Netherlands purchased 80
percent of the equipment in the most recent Ritchie Bros. auction in Moerdijk,
representing (euro)35 million (US$51 million) of the (euro)44 million auction
(US$64 million). The unreserved public auction of heavy equipment and trucks
attracted more than 1,100 on-site and online bidders from 59 countries. Almost
3,700 used and unused equipment items were sold in total during the three-day
auction at its permanent auction site in Moerdijk on September 24 - 26, 2008.
    "Our ability to create an international marketplace for equipment buyers
and sellers, with people from all over the world traveling to bid in Moerdijk,
helps us attract consignments from all over Europe - and even as far away as
Asia," said Ralf Harders, Ritchie Bros. Regional Manager. "We had an excellent
lineup of equipment in the auction, with many late model and unused items. The
auction theater was full of interested buyers, including many new and
returning customers. We saw strong prices on all three days and across all
classes of equipment. Everyone was talking about the strength of the market."

    FORT WORTH, TEXAS - More than 2,400 on-site and online bidders from 47
U.S. states and 42 other countries participated in Ritchie Bros.' unreserved
public auction in Fort Worth, Texas on September 24 - 26. The auction featured
almost 3,200 used and unused equipment items for the construction,
transportation and other industries and generated total gross auction proceeds
of nearly US$42 million. Buyers from outside Texas purchased more than half
the trucks and equipment in the auction (US$22 million worth), including
almost US$11 million of equipment that was sold to buyers from outside the
United States.
    "We had more than 1,500 local and international bidders at the Fort Worth
site last week, with another 900 people bidding over the internet," said David
Hobbs, Ritchie Bros. Division Manager. "We're in a period of economic
uncertainty right now, but the participation of thousands of bidders from
around the world at our unreserved auctions helps keep prices buoyant. Cranes
and directional drilling and boring equipment did particularly well, and
returns on our transportation day were very strong."
    First-time Ritchie Bros. customer Paula Best, owner of Best Dump Trucking
Inc. of Pryor, Oklahoma, sold ten 2008 Peterbilt 388 T/A truck tractors,
eleven 2008 CTS BDT40 bottom dump trailers and a dozer in the Fort Worth
    "I chose Ritchie Bros. for this dispersal because they are able to bring
the international market," said Ms. Best after the auction. "They have a
bigger draw than any other auction company; that's what brings the higher
prices. Overall, I was very happy with the results of the auction. If I had to
do it again I would do it exactly the same as I did this time. I'll definitely
be selling through Ritchie Bros. in the future."

    CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Ritchie Bros. also recently completed the purchase of
approximately 25 acres of land in the Greater Vancouver, BC area (Chilliwack),
on which it intends to construct a new permanent auction site to replace its
existing permanent auction site in that region.

    About Ritchie Bros.

    Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the
world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and
online bidders than any other company in the world. The Company has over 110
locations in 25 countries including 38 auction sites worldwide. Ritchie Bros.
sells, through unreserved public auctions, a broad range of used and unused
industrial assets, including equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in
the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining,
forestry, petroleum and marine industries. The Company maintains a web site at and sponsors an equipment wiki at
    Investors and potential investors should note that this information may
not be indicative of the overall financial performance of the Company for this
or any period.

For further information:

For further information: Kim Schulz, Corporate Communications Manager,
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Head office, tel: (604) 304-3830 or mobile: (604)
788-5379 or email:; Or Ralf Harders, Regional Manager,
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Moerdijk auction site, tel: +31.168.392200; Or
David Hobbs, Division Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Fort Worth auction
site, tel: (817) 237-6544

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