Our Operations

Europe Lightside Overview

CRH’s Europe Lightside Division is comprised of businesses engaged in the manufacture and supply of high quality, value-added, innovative products and solutions for customers in construction markets globally.

What we do:

We operate a portfolio of value-added product platforms across four business areas; Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings, Network Access Products & Perimeter Protection and Architectural Products. Customer understanding, product and process innovation and the relative ease with which certain of our products can be transported long distances, are all key features of this Division’s business. 

Our strategy is to build and grow scalable businesses, balanced across a range of products, geographies and end-use sectors, through increasing the penetration of our range of value-added products and creating competitive advantage through strong customer relationships, brand leadership and service. Our development strategy is to deepen our positions in existing business platforms, to broaden our differentiated product portfolio through selected new growth platforms that are exposed to attractive global megatrends, and to expand our presence in developing regions as construction markets in those regions 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.

How we create value:

We realise commercial, operational and procurement synergies across the wider CRH network to benefit from scale and best practice. We also leverage a range of flagship brands at a regional, European and global level. There is a continuous focus on product innovation and development and we work with specialist end-users, such as architects and engineers, to develop design-solutions that are approved and certified for individual target markets.

We draw upon an established record of enabling mature and high-growth businesses to expand their offerings and develop their markets. Lightside has consistently achieved attractive returns; this reflects active, balanced management of our product range and our geographic and business cycle exposures.

How we are structured:

CRH Europe Lightside is organised into four business areas: Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings, Network Access Products & Perimeter Protection and Architectural Products. The Division employs approximately 7,300 people at close to 180 locations.

At a glance

  • 17 countries
  • 7,300 people
  • 180 operating locations



Europe Lightside - Products pie chart

Europe Lightside Countries and Regions

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Europe Lightside Leadership Positions

Activities Market Leadership Positions
Construction Accessories No.1 Europe
Shutters & Awnings No.1 Netherlands
  No. 3 Germany
Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products No.1 Europe (Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products)
  No.1 Australia (Network Access Products)
Architectural Products No.1 Netherlands
  No.1 Belgium
  No.1 Poland
  No.1 Germany

Europe Lightside Sector Exposure

Europe Lightside - Sector Exposure Pie Chart