Europe Heavyside Overview

With market leading positions and a wide geographic reach, CRH is the number one Heavyside Materials business in Europe. Our Europe Heavyside Division comprises aggregates, cement, lime, concrete products operations and asphalt.

What we do:

Europe Heavyside’s vertically integrated 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:

The Division is organised into six primarily geographical regions to leverage market synergies and economies of scale, with a small number of central support functions. The regions are 1) Tarmac (UK); 2) UK Cement & Lime, Ireland and Spain; 3) France, Benelux and Denmark; 4) Switzerland and Germany; 5) North East: Finland, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine; 6) South East: Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. Europe Heavyside employs approximately 24,400 people at close to 1,150 locations.

At a glance

  • 19  countries
  • 24,400 employees
  • 1,150 operating locations



Europe Heavyside - Geography Pie chart

Europe Heavyside Countries and Regions

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland 
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Europe Heavyside Leadership Positions

Activities Market Leadership Positions
Cement Top 3 Europe
  No. 1 Finland, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, UK
  No. 2 Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland
  No. 4 France, Poland
Aggregates No. 1 Finland, Ireland, UK
  No. 2 Switzerland
  No. 3 Serbia (Sand and Gravel only)
Readymixed Concrete No. 1 Finland, Ireland, Poland
  No. 2 Switzerland
  No. 3 UK
Lime No. 2 Europe
  No. 1 Ireland, UK
  No. 2 Poland, Germany, Czech Republic
Concrete Products No. 1 Structural Concrete & Flooring: Benelux
  No. 1 Structural Concrete: Denmark
  No. 2 Utility Precast: France
  No. 1 Precast Structural Elements: Hungary
  No. 1 Blocks: Ireland, UK
  No. 2 Rooftiles: Ireland
  No. 1 Landscaping Products: Finland
  No. 2 Paving products: Denmark
Asphalt No. 1 Ireland, UK

Europe Heavyside Sector Exposure

CRH - Europe Heavyside Sector exposure pie chart 

Europe Heavyside Volumes

Material Annualised Sales Volumes*
Cement 27.1m tonnes
118.7m tonnes (121.4m tonnes**)
10.7m tonnes
Readymixed concrete
16.5m m3
Lime 4.1m tonnes
Concrete products
5.8m tonnes

*Volumes shown are on an annualised basis which reflects the full-year impact of acquisitions made during the year and may vary from actual volumes sold.
**Including the Group’s share of equity accounted investments.

Europe Heavyside Reserves

  Physical Location Proven & Probable
(million tonnes)
Period to depletion
Cement Ireland 208 82
  Poland 174 44
  Spain 85 232
  Switzerland 23 17
  Ukraine 125 43
  France 91 34
  Germany 158 59
  Romania 242 60
  Serbia 108 155
  Slovakia 301 138
  UK 273 69
Aggregates Finland 146 13
  Ireland 1,114 78
  Poland 150 44
  Spain 107 59
  France 254 30
  Romania 53 22
  UK 1,350 32
  Other 184 20
Lime Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, UK 121 32
  Germany 296