Hundreds of items of mining, construction and heavy equipment will go under the hammer at the next Ritchie Bros public auction in South Africa. After two successful sales last week in Canada and the USA, auctioneers are now preparing for the Johannesburg event on March 27.

The unreserved auction will feature more than 320 items of mining equipment including rock trucks such as the Caterpillar 777B, articulated dump trucks including Volvo A40E models, hydraulic excavators, crawler tractors including the Caterpillar D11R and D9T and wheel loaders. The auction is open to the public and registration to bid is free with online bidding available.

Ritchie Bros has moved almost 3000 items in the past month at auctions in Chehalis, Washington and Edmonton, Canada.

“The Alberta mining industry is moving steadily with plenty of potential for growth. We’re seeing a lot of mining equipment moving in and out of our auctions here in Edmonton - contractors are selling their assets to upgrade or diversify their fleets,” says Ritchie Bros’ regional sales manager Jim Rotlisberger.

A large selection of the mining equipment was sold for North American Construction Group, one of Canada’s premier providers of mining, heavy construction, industrial and piling services.

The company’s vice president Joe Lambert says, “We look forward to this Edmonton auction and working with Ritchie Bros every year. We sell some items through Ritchie Bros auctions year-round, but this is the single largest selling event of each year for us.

“We choose Ritchie Bros because they are a well-known, well-respected name throughout the industry and they generate a lot of interest for our equipment - all while providing both buyers and sellers with a good opportunity to achieve their economic goals.”

Ritchie Bros is the world’s largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, energy, mining, forestry, marine and other industries.

The company prides itself on its ability to make it easy for the world’s builders to buy and sell equipment with confidence, conducting hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world.

The company also operates an online marketplace through Ritchie Bros EquipmentOne and a range of value-added services, including equipment financing for customers via Ritchie Bros Financial Services. The company has more than 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide.

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