Our Operations

Europe Lightside Overview

The Europe Lightside Division manufactures and supplies high-value, innovative products and solutions for customers in global construction markets.

What we do:

Our strategy is to build and grow scalable businesses, balanced across a range of products, geographies and end-use sectors. We operate a portfolio of platforms which focus on increasing the penetration of our range of value-added products, and create competitive advantage through strong customer relationships, brand leadership and service.

Customer intimacy, product and process innovation and the relative ease with which our products can be transported long distances, are all key features of this Division's business.

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 that are exposed to attractive global megatrends, 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 innovative solutions that meet the longer-term opportunities presented by economic development, changing demographics and sustainability.

How we create value:

We realise commercial, operational and procurement synergies across the wider CRH network to benefit from scale and best practice, and we 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.

We draw upon an established record of enabling mature and high-growth businesses to expand their offerings and develop their markets. Lightside has consistently achieved attractive returns; this reflects active, balanced management of our product range and our geographic and business cycle exposures.

How we are structured:

The Division is organised into three business areas: Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings and Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products. Employees total approximately 4,600 at over 100 locations.

At a glance

  • 16 countries
  • 4,600 people
  • 100 operating locations



Europe Lightside Countries and Regions

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Europe Lightside Leadership Positions

Activities Market Leadership Positions
Construction Accessories No.1 Europe
Shutters & Awnings No.1 Netherlands
  No.3 Germany
Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products No.1 Europe (Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products)
  No.1 Australia (Network Access Products)

Europe Lightside Sector Exposure

Sector Exposure - Europe Lightside