Group Profile


An international diversified building materials group


CRH plc was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited (established in 1936) and Roadstone, Limited (1949). The newly-formed group was the sole producer of cement and the principal producer of aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in Ireland. In 1970, the Group had sales of c.€27m, c.95% in Ireland.

Since that time, CRH’s strategic vision has been to be a responsible international leader in building materials, delivering superior and sustained shareholder returns, while reducing its dependence on individual markets and achieving a balance in its geographic presence and portfolio of products. 

CRH is a leading international player in its industry, with operations in 35 countries worldwide.  It is the largest building materials company in North America, a regional leader in Europe and has a growing presence in the Asian economies of India and China.  

CRH is a diversified building materials group.  From the fundamentals of heavy materials and elements to construct the frame, through value-added exterior products that complete the building envelope, to distribution channels which service construction fit-out and renewal, CRH products are used for both new-build and repair & maintenance construction needs in the residential, non-residential and infrastructure sectors.


CRH at a glance

  • 35 countries*
  • 3,400 operating locations
  • 76,000 people
  • €18 billion sales revenues
  • 300 million tonnes of product*
*including equity accounted investments