Record demand continues for second-hand equipment, reports truck auctioneer

Leading heavy vehicle equipment auctioneer, Ritchie Bros., has announced another year of record growth in 2023.

Cody Watson, APAC sales director at Ritchie Bros. said the demand for equipment, coupled with supply chain constraints, has propelled Ritchie Bros. to achieve yet another record result.

“Our ability to adapt to dynamic market conditions and support our customers remains at the forefront of our success,” Watson said.

Watson said the transport sector emerged as a focal point, witnessing unprecedented pricing spikes due to local manufacturers maintaining minimum 12-month lead times, as was also highlighted in the recently-released 2023 Annual Market Trends Report.

“In some instances, second-hand transport machinery, including prime movers and reefer van trailers, fetched prices surpassing their new counterparts.”

Despite the strong dynamics, nationwide freight movements experienced a 15 per cent decline from the previous year, the report revealed.

“The challenges in the transport sector have underscored the resilience of our market,” Watson said.

“We’ve observed remarkable pricing dynamics, reflecting the urgency and demand for reliable equipment in the face of supply chain disruptions.”

The trends report also revealed that regulatory pressures and a focus on sustainability are prompting manufacturers to explore electric and hybrid vehicles, and that the mining sector is leading the charge toward fully autonomous equipment.

“The trends in diversification and sustainability are reshaping the landscape,” Watson said.

“Ritchie Bros. is positioned to facilitate the trade of innovative equipment as the industry evolves.”

While the agricultural sector experienced two years of above-average growth, it saw a downturn in 2023, the report said.

Rising inflation and interest rates impacted buyers’ borrowing power, signalling signs of softening demand.

“We recognise the shifts in the agricultural sector and are committed to supporting our customers through these transitions,” Watson said.

“Our global expertise enables us to navigate uncertainties and provide valuable insights.”

The report also said that the construction industry in Australia faced rising costs, labor shortages, and an increasing number of insolvencies in 2023.

However, the completion of the Independent Strategic Review of the federal government’s Infrastructure Investment Program confirmed a 10-year infrastructure pipeline.

Watson expressed confidence, stating, “Despite challenges, the demand for construction services remains strong. Ritchie Bros. is ready to facilitate the equipment needs of the construction sector as they navigate these complexities.”

Looking ahead to 2024, Watson also provided insights into the anticipated market landscape.

“While challenges persist, we are optimistic about the opportunities in 2024. We expect a correction in prices and asset values as global supply chain issues normalise. Ritchie Bros. remains committed to supporting our customers in seizing these opportunities and navigating the evolving market dynamics.”

For further details and insights, the comprehensive report shedding light on the dynamics of the Australian used equipment market can be downloaded here.

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