Europe Lightside produces and supplies high-value, award-winning products, expert solutions and other technologies for often challenging construction projects. The Division is organised into four business areas: Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings, Fencing and Cubis (composite access chambers). We buy, build and grow business units with market leading positions and strong growth prospects, selling through a range of flagship brands at a regional and European level.
The Lightside segment grows both organically and by acquisition to create leading positions within our chosen markets. We maximise synergies across the business in the areas of performance improvement, procurement, talent management and product development.
We have a relentless focus on innovation. Lightside customers are specialist end-users, including architects and engineers. Using our pan-European presence and scale, we work closely with them to develop design solutions that are approved and certified for individual target markets.
We draw upon an outstanding record of enabling mature and high-growth businesses alike to expand their offerings, and develop their markets. Lightside has achieved consistently attractive returns. The resilience of these returns reflects active, balanced management of our product range and our geographic and business cycle exposures.
Our development strategy is to deepen our positions in existing markets and technologies in developed European markets, to broaden our product range in selected growth categories, and to expand our presence in developing regions outside Europe as construction markets in those areas 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. Employees total approximately 5,000 people at circa 100 operating locations in 17 countries.