CRH is a regional leader in the manufacture and supply of building materials to construction markets in Europe and strives to maintain No. 1 and No. 2 market positions in its various product segments across a range of European countries.
Our European operations comprise three divisions: Heavyside, Lightside and Distribution. Heavyside operations produce cement, asphalt, aggregates, readymixed concrete, precast concrete and concrete landscaping. Our Lightside operations manufacture construction accessories, shutters and awnings, fencing, and composite access chambers. In Distribution we are a leading player in builders merchanting, DIY and Sanitary, Heating and Plumbing.
Our strategy in Western Europe is to leverage our Heavyside reserves and vertically integrated business model to deliver growth and enhanced optimisation benefits across our operating network. Our Lightside businesses offer innovative scalable platforms for future growth, selling through a range of flagship brands at a regional and European level, while our Distribution platform provides us with exposure to the attractive residential and non-residential repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) markets in Western Europe. In Eastern Europe, where there are positive long-term construction growth drivers, our focus is on rolling-out our vertical integration model and building on our established cement positions.
Following the completion of our acquisition of certain assets from Lafarge-Holcim in August 2015, almost 44,000 people were employed by CRH in Europe, across approximately 2,100 locations.