Europe Lightside’s strategy is to build and grow scalable businesses in construction markets across a range of products and end-use segments. We operate a portfolio of business platforms which focus on increasing the penetration of our range of high-quality, value-added products, and create competitive advantage through strong customer relationships and service.
We realise commercial, operational and procurement synergies across the larger network to benefit from scale and best practice, and leverage a range of flagship brands at a regional, European and global level. There is a continuous focus on product innovation and development and we work with specialist end-users, such as architects and engineers, to develop design solutions that are approved and certified for individual target markets.
The Division is organised into three business areas: Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings, and Fencing & Cubis Access Chambers. Our development strategy is to deepen our positions in existing business platforms in developed Europe, to broaden our differentiated product portfolio through selected new growth platforms, and to expand our presence in developing regions as construction markets in those regions become more sophisticated. This strategy complements CRH’s aim to provide longer-term opportunities presented by economic development, changing demographics and sustainability.
We draw upon an established record of enabling mature and high-growth businesses alike to expand their offerings, and develop their markets. Lightside has historically achieved consistently attractive returns; this reflects active, balanced management of our product range and our geographic and business cycle exposures.
Employees total approximately 4,800 people at over 100 operating locations in 16 countries.