United Kingdom
Russia (St. Petersburg region )
India (Andhra Pradesh)
Czech Republic

Europe Heavyside Overview

In 2014, the Group reorganised its European business by integrating its former Materials Division with the concrete and clay businesses of the former Products Division into one Heavyside organisation. The purpose of this reorganisation was to enable CRH to maximise the benefits and synergies of our operating plant network in both Western and Eastern European markets.

Europe Heavyside’s strategy is to build leading regional positions in businesses that are vertically integrated and which have the potential to grow further in the large European construction markets. We deliver our strategy through a focus on a balanced exposure to demand, product penetration and on maximising the benefits of scale and best practice. Our business is differentiated and achieves competitive advantage through a commitment to constant product, process and end-use improvement.

Europe Heavyside is organised into two regional divisions.  Western Europe comprises our cement, aggregates, asphalt and concrete operations Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Eastern Europe includes our cement, aggregates, asphalt and concrete businesses in the Baltics, Finland, Poland, Ukraine and now also some new operations in Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The business model of vertical integration is founded in resource-backed cement and aggregates assets, which support the manufacture and supply of cement, aggregates, readymixed and precast concrete, concrete landscaping and asphalt products. Consequently, a key focus for the Heavyside division is the ongoing process of extending and adding to reserves. We operate a network of well-invested facilities and place great emphasis on excellence initiatives across the business. CRH’s approach to Building Better Businesses ensures a focus on achieving greater production efficiencies and realising operational, logistical and procurement synergies across our network. A commitment to a sustainable future results in greater use of alternative fuels and the manufacture of low carbon cements.

Our development focus is centred on bolt-on acquisitions for synergies, reserves and further vertical integration, in addition to opportunities in contiguous regions to extend and strengthen regional positions; this includes developing markets in Eastern Europe that offer long-term growth potential, with entry via cement and aggregates assets and the potential to roll out operational excellence programmes and a vertical integration approach over time. The addition of cement and aggregates assets from Lafarge-Holcim to our operations in Western and Eastern Europe is an example of this strategy in action.

In 2014, Europe Heavyside employed approximately 19,100 people at close to 800 locations in 21 countries, and we now welcome 10,500 new employees from close to 600 locations to our group as at August 2015.

CRH in Asia

CRH has a number of strategic footholds in Asia, following the establishment of entry platforms in China and India over the last seven years. Our strategy is to build select leading regional positions to enable us to benefit from industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth in these developing economies over the coming decades.

The Group has a 26% stake in associate Yatai Building Materials, which is a market leader in building materials in Northeast China. In India, we have a 50% joint venture with My Home Industries Limited which is a leading player in the southern state of Andra Pradesh.

In October 2013, we opened a regional headquarters in Singapore. The Group’s equity accounted operations in China and India employ circa 12,000 people.

At a glance

  • 21 countries
  • 19,100 employees
  • 800 operating locations

Europe Heavyside Materials

CRH in 2014

Europe Heavyside Countries and Regions

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland 
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Europe Heavyside Leadership Positions (CRH in 2014)

Activities Market Leadership Positions
Cement Top 10 Europe
  No.1 Finland, Ireland, Ukraine
  No.2 Switzerland
  No.3 Poland
  No.1 Basque Region, Spain
Aggregates No.1 Finland
  No.1 Ireland
Asphalt No.1 Ireland
Readymixed Concrete No.1 Finland, Ireland
  No.2 Switzerland
Agricultural & Chemical Lime No.1 Ireland
  No.2 Poland
Architectural concrete No.1 Blocks & rooftiles, Ireland
  No.1 Pavers, Finland
  No.1 Pavers, Poland
  No.1 Paving products: Benelux, France, Slovakia
  No.1 Paving/landscape walling: Germany
  No.1 architectural masonry: UK
  No.2 paving products: Denmark
Structural Concrete Products No.1 precast flooring: Benelux
  No.1 precast architectural concrete: Denmark
  No.1 utility precast: France
  No.1 precast structural elements: Hungary, Switzerland
  No.1 concrete fencing and lintels: UK

Europe Heavyside Sector Exposure (CRH in 2014)

Sector Exposure Europe Heavyside 

Europe Heavyside Volumes (CRH in 2014)

Material Annualised Production Volumes
Cement 10.3m tonnes (19.8m tonnes*)
41.9m tonnes (42.5m tonnes*)
Readymixed concrete
7.1m m3 (7.5m m3*)
2.1m tonnes
Lime 1.1m tonnes
Concrete products 6.5m tonnes
Architectural products 7.4m tonnes

*Including equity accounted investments

Europe Heavyside Reserves (CRH in 2014)

  Physical Location Proven & Probable Reserves
(million tonnes)
Years to Depletion
Cement Ireland 217 133
  Poland 185 49
  Spain 86 602
  Switzerland 26 17
  Ukraine 164 62
  India (50%)* 105 23
Aggregates Finland 190 15
  Ireland 897 85
  Poland 182 20
  Spain 98 43
  Other 172.5 22
Lime Ireland, Poland 46 55

*CRH share of Equity Accounted Investments