United Kingdom
India (Andhra Pradesh)
Russia (St. Petersburg region )
Turkey (Aegean region)

Europe Materials Overview

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 cement, aggregates, concrete and asphalt products. Extending reserves is an ongoing process and a key focus for Materials businesses. With a network of well-invested facilities, Europe Materials focusses 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. Early in 2014 the Group began a process of reorganising its European business by integrating its Products and Materials businesses into one European organisation. This will enable CRH to leverage the benefits of its operating plant network in both western and eastern European markets.

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, excluding equity accounted investments, employs approximately 9,400 people at close to 600 locations.

Eastern Mediterranean & Asia

In the Eastern Mediterranean region, CRH has a 50% joint venture shareholding in Denizli Çimento, the leading cement producer in the Aegean Region of Turkey, and a 25% shareholding in Mashav in Israel. These businesses have cement capacity of 2 million tonnes and 6 million tonnes respectively.
CRH entered Asian markets in 2007 and has now established a leading regional presence in both China and India. CRH has a 26% share of Yatai Building Materials, the leader in China’s northeastern provinces (Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning) with cement capacity of 32 million tonnes. In India, CRH has a 50% joint venture shareholding in My Home Industries, the leader in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, with cement capacity of 8 million tonnes.

At a glance

  • 17 countries
  • 9,400 employees
  • 600 operating locations

Europe Materials Countries and Regions

  • Belgium 
  • China (Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning)
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • India (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Ireland 
  • Israel 
  • Latvia 
  • Netherlands 
  • Poland 
  • Russia (St. Petersburg region)
  • Slovakia 
  • Spain 
  • Switzerland 
  • Turkey (Aegean region)
  • Ukraine 
  • United Kingdom 

Europe Materials Leadership Positions

Activities Market Leadership Positions
Cement Top 10 Western Europe
  No.1: Finland, Ireland, Ukraine
  No.2: Switzerland
  No.3: Poland
  No.1: Basque Region, Spain
  No.1: Aegean Region – Turkey (50%)
  No.1: Northeast China (26%)
  No.1: Andhra Pradesh, India (50%)
Aggregates No.1: Finland, Ireland
Asphalt No.1: Ireland
Readymixed Concrete No.1: Finland, Ireland
  No.2: Switzerland
Agricultural & Chemical Lime No.1: Ireland
  No.2: Poland
Concrete Products No.1: Blocks and rooftiles, Ireland
  No.1: Pavers, Poland

Europe Materials Sector Exposure

Europe Material Sector Exposure 

Europe Materials Volumes

Material Annualised Production Volumes
Cement 8.6m tonnes (18.9m tonnes)*
45.1m tonnes (46.3m tonnes)*
2.2m tonnes
Readymixed Concrete
6.9m m3 (8.5m m3)*
Lime 1.0m tonnes
Concrete Products 3.7m tonnes

*Including equity accounted investments

Europe Materials Reserves

  Physical Location Proven & Probable Reserves
(million tonnes)
Years to Depletion
Cement Ireland 128 83
  Poland 47 11
  Switzerland 27 21
  Ukraine 162 44
  Spain 13 87
  Turkey (50%)* 155 78
  India (50%)* 105 32
Aggregates Finland 174 13
  Ireland 892 89
  Poland 209 19
  Spain 84 32
  Other 204 26
  Turkey (50%)* 47 112
Lime Ireland / Poland 47 47

*CRH share of Equity Accounted Investments