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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

production centre.”

Local Metso service helps Betonex

to succeed

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

Technology reach

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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