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 our Europe Materials Division along with the European operations of our Building Products Division. Europe Materials operations produce aggregates, asphalt, lime, cement and readymixed concrete. Our Products operations manufacture architectural products, construction accessories, shutters and awnings, fencing, and network access products. We are also a leading player in builders merchanting, DIY and Sanitary, Heating and Plumbing (SHAP), through our Distribution operations.
Our strategy in Western Europe is to leverage our Heavyside materials reserves and vertically integrated business model to deliver growth and enhanced optimisation benefits across our operating network. Our Building Products businesses offer innovative scalable platforms for future growth, selling through a range of flagship brands at a regional and European level. Our Distribution platform provides us with exposure to the 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.
In Europe, CRH employs c.43,400 people across c.1,870 locations.