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05 October 2018

Crushing basalt with MB Crusher

First publishedin World Highways
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The MB Crusher unit has been productive crushing basalt in Djibouti
Equipment from Italian firm MB Crusher is playing an important role in the crushing sector in Djibouti


A contractor is using units from MB to handle a very hard basalt material. This material is being used to help construct a new free trade zone for the country.

The project is important given the country’s location. Djibouti is located at the junction of the three rifts – the East African, the Gulf of Aden  and the Red Sea rifts. As a result, it plays a crucial junction role for import and export, representing a major gateway connection.

This is one of the reasons that motivated  the Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority to begin construction of a US$3.5 billion dollar free trade zone, which extends over 4,800ha.

The initiative is expected to create 200,000 new jobs, and cement Djibouti’s role as the strategic link between global maritime trade routes,  within China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative.

The Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) will help to transform trade in the region and provide a strategic base for global businesses to access the rapidly growing African market. Construction of DIFTZ began a week after the completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752km track linking Ethiopia’s capital with the Port of Djibouti.

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The crushed material is being used for road construction and other building work in Dijibouti
At the beginning of the project, Mr Yangkai, the Chinese general manager responsible for the DIFTZ project, was impressed by the performance of the MB Crusher units, simply by watching them working. Quality and quantity of recycled material daily obtained by the MB Crusher BF120.4 was one of the main aspects that the company took into consideration when deciding to buy it.


Once Yangkai had  the BF120.4 working at the Djibouti project, and verified first-hand the MB Crusher bucket performance and the benefits gained from it, he was convinced of its performance.   

The MB Crusher Bucket BF120.4, mounted on a Volvo CE EC3800L excavator, is being used to crush over 1 million of m3 of basalt for roads construction purposes. By increasing the volume of material that Yangkai Company recycles directly on site, the firm has been able to produce the sub-base for the DIFTZ road connections. Reducing at the same time the amount of waste that could have ended up in landfill sites.   

The BF120.4 crusher bucket, suitable for operating machines over 30tonnes, has been designed to satisfy specific requirements of crushing in quarries, landfills and the recycling of aggregates.

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