Europe Materials' strategy is to build strong vertically-integrated regional positions. Operating in 17 countries, the business is founded in resource-backed cement and aggregates assets which support the manufacture and supply of aggregates, concrete and asphalt products. With a network of well-invested facilities, Europe Materials focuses on operational excellence initiatives which include production efficiencies, greater use of alternative fuels and manufacture of low carbon cements, while the scale of our operations provides economies in purchasing and logistics management.
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. Europe Materials has championed CRH's entry into developing markets that offer long-term growth potential, with entry via cement and aggregates assets and the potential to roll out its operational excellence programmes and vertical integration approach over time. In total, Europe Materials employs approximately 10,700 people at close to 590 locations.