With market leading positions and a wide geographic reach, CRH is the number one Heavyside Materials business in Europe. Our Europe Materials Division comprises aggregates, cement, lime, asphalt, readymixed concrete, precast concrete and paving & construction operations.
What we do:
Our vertically integrated Europe Materials business is founded in resource-backed cement and aggregates assets, which support the manufacture and supply of aggregates, asphalt, lime, cement and readymixed concrete. Our materials are used extensively in a wide range of construction projects from major public infrastructure, to commercial buildings and residential structures. Customers typically range from national, regional and local governments, to building contractors and other construction product and service providers. In addition to an ability to leverage the benefits of scale and best practice, our businesses are differentiated in their markets by a proven track record in understanding the unique needs of local customers and successfully delivering for those customers.
How we create value:
Our portfolio of businesses is managed through a focus on value creation. We place great emphasis on performance improvement initiatives across our businesses and seek to create value through optimisation of the asset base, maximising Group synergies and leveraging commercial and operational excellence.
The scale of our operations provides economies in purchasing and logistics management. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by extensive use of alternative fuels and the manufacture of low carbon cements. Enhanced alignment and collaboration leads to value creation throughout our extensive network of well-invested facilities. With a strong pipeline of opportunities across regions, our development strategy is focused on identifying and integrating bolt-on acquisitions for synergies, reserves and further vertical integration, in addition to opportunities in contiguous regions to extend and strengthen regional positions.
How we are structured:
In Europe the Division is organised into four primarily geographical regions to leverage market synergies and economies of scale, with a small number of central support functions. Our four European operational clusters are: Tarmac UK, Europe North, Europe West and Europe East. In Asia, our operations comprise cement operations in the Philippines along with equity accounted investments in Northeast China and Southern India. In Europe the Division employs approximately 25,900 people at close to 1,140 locations. In Asia, approximately 1,300 people are employed at 12 operating locations with a further 7,300 people in our equity accounted investments.