Machinery auction specialist announces UK development plans

RITCHIE Bros. UK has announced its intention to continue transforming its Maltby Colliery site after completing the purchase of the land and remaining buildings.

The machinery auction specialist revealed it will undertake a renovation of a large historical structure from the old colliery, becoming a ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment workshop.

UK & Ireland sales director Rupert Craven said, “Since moving to Maltby in 2019, we’ve conducted 23 auctions, attracted over 30,000 registered bidders, and sold over 31,000 excavators, tractors, dumpers, trucks and other machinery to businesses from all over the world. During this time, we have made really good progress transforming the site into the head office for our UK business, and we have more exciting plans in the pipeline, like the new workshop.

Rupert Craven

“Once completed, our customers will be able to use painting and a range of refurbishing services in Maltby. This will further help our customers from all over the world buy and sell machinery, as a refurb can make all the difference when selling in our auction or Marketplace-E to help maximize the returns. Or before putting your purchased equipment to work.”

Ritchie Bros. added that site development projects will continue throughout 2023, with the main equipment yard also set to be enhanced. 

In early 2019, the business opened its new UK HQ in Maltby and began developing the site – which had served as a coal mine since 1912 – with local contractors. Surfaces were levelled, old structures demolished if not renovated, new offices constructed, and equipment services added.

The next Maltby auction takes place on December 14. The unreserved auction already features over 560 lots, including excavators, dump trucks, and loaders.