are produced in Europe while maintaining afforda-
ble prices for the local markets. We want to be a
reference for our clients. Metso’s process design
with this new crushing and screening installation
will supply not just a quarry, but a real aggregates
Local Metso service helps Betonex
Lyes Benseba, Joint Managing Partner and Operational Site
Manager at Betonex adds:
“Most importantly though, the local presence of
the Metso team in Algeria is fundamental. The
installation and equipment cover 50%of our needs.
The sales representative and services account for
the other 50%. We have open discussions with
the Metso sales manager and their local qualified
service engineers and technicians. Together with
the rapidly available wear and spare parts, all this
helps us to succeed.”
Karim Benseba is optimistic about the future of the
aggregates market in Algeria:
“The aggregates market has grown since the
beginning of the 2000s, with infrastructure and
building markets everywhere in Algeria. However,
production is still insufficient compared to market
demand. The demand will continue to be high,
hence our need to invest in this second complete
plant. We turned to Metso, a local partner we can
count on. We hope that Metso will continue to
invest with us in Algeria.”
Sarl Betonex is a production unit of Concrete Readymix
of Benseba Group located in the area of Taharacht, Akbou,
in the Bejaia region. It employs 123 people and was creat-
ed in 2001.
It operates three very modern concrete plants that pro-
duce concrete blocks and slabs, and feeds the ready-mix
market. Today Betonex serves individuals as well as major
public and private companies operating in construction.
•Metso Crushing & Screening
ABB helps Boulting
out to new markets
Technical support and encouragement helped switch-
gear manufacturer develop into new markets
ABB has lent its support to Boulting Technology, a
UK manufacturer of electrical control systems, to help
the firm integrate ABB’s Emax 2 circuit breaker into
Boulting’s new range of future-proofed switchboards.
The switchboards will help the panel builder move
into the market for low voltage (LV) electrical switch-
boards with a fault rating of up to 100 kA.
By growing its capabilities to providing switchboards
with current rating of 6300 A and 100 kA, Boulting
Technology is now able to deliver power distribution
boards for facilities that consume larger quantities of
power at low voltage, such as data centres and the oil
and gas industry.
Boulting introduced its new switchboards to help
its customers integrate renewable energy such as solar
photovoltaic (PV) panels or wind turbines. In addition,
developments in building and industrial automation
mean that the firm’s customers have growing require-
ments for switchboards with higher levels of energy ef-
ficiency, safety and flexibility.
Significant step in technology
The second driver was the improvement in circuit
breaker technology introduced by ABB in the form of
the Emax 2 circuit breaker in 2014. This was the reason
that Boulting turned to ABB for support.
ABB launched theEmax 2 in response to calls from indus-
try for higher levels of performance and functionality.
The breaker is available in four frame sizes that are
up to 25 percent smaller in footprint and overall vol-
ume than comparable circuit breakers.
The in-built measurement eliminates the need
for external instrumentation and wiring to connect it,
speeding up the build process for Boulting Technology.
In addition, operators who require generator pro-
tection can select the Emax 2 with an integrated trip
unit that enables customisable generator protection.
ABB’s support during the project included the
supply of circuit breakers as well as technical support
and encouragement. The development and testing of
new switchboard panels is a long process that starts
with mechanical design and construction of the met-
al enclosures that will house the switchgear and other
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