In 2010, the Group completed the buyout of the Bauking distribution business, which greatly strengthened CRH’s existing position in Germany. 2011 saw the acquisition of VVM Group, a major distributor of cement, readymixed concrete and other building materials in the Netherlands, yielding purchasing and logistics synergies in combination with our existing Benelux-based Cementbouw business. In 2013, major transactions included the acquisition of Mykolaiv Cement, Ukraine and Sree Jayajothi Cements Ltd in South India, and also Expocrete, a leading manufacturer and distributor of hardscape and masonry products in western Canada.
In 2014, CRH spent €190 million on 21 acquisitions and initiated an active divestment programme which generated disposal proceeds of €350 million from 16 transactions. The Group also integrated its European heavy materials and concrete and clay products businesses into one Europe Heavyside organisation and created a new Europe Lightside products segment. This enabled the Group to better leverage the benefits of its operating plant in European markets.
In August 2015, CRH acquired a global portfolio of assets from Lafarge-Holcim for an Enterprise Value of €6.5bn. This deal doubled CRH's cement volumes, and expanded the Group's cement, aggregates and readymix concrete portfolio. These businesses were an excellent strategic fit with CRH's existing portfolio and provided significant opportunities for synergies and further growth in the years ahead.
In 2017, CRH acquired Fels, a leading German lime and aggregates business, providing the Group with an excellent platform for further growth in the highly attractive European lime market.
In 2018, CRH acquired Ash Grove Cement Company in the US. Combined with CRH's existing Suwannee American Cement Company business and CRH Canada, the acquisition of Ash Grove positioned CRH as one of the leading CRH cement producers in North America, with operations across Florida, Texas, the Midwest and Western US, and Canada.