Our Operations

Europe Distribution Overview

CRH’s Europe Distribution Division, sells and distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and DIY customers through a network of trusted local and regional brands across a number of mature markets in Western Europe.

What we do:

Europe Distribution is involved in the sale and supply of a wide range of building materials, catering to different local markets and varied customer groups.

Our development strategy is focused on increasing the network density of our existing businesses in our core markets, while also investing in new platforms and formats in other attractive segments of building materials distribution.

Substantial opportunities remain to improve our existing network in our core markets and to establish new propositions aimed at increasing our exposure to growing RMI market demand.

How we create value:

We operate a portfolio of local brands that focus on building deep customer relationships through quality of our service, reliability and focused propositions aimed at selected market segments.

We innovate around the changing needs of our customers through the introduction of additional product categories, new formats and technology supporting our interaction with customers.

Collective expertise from across our various business segments is leveraged to optimise the supply chain, with just-in-time logistics, a category-management-based approach to procurement and focused IT systems.

How we are structured:

The Division is active in three business areas: General Builders Merchants (GBM), Sanitary, Heating and Plumbing (SHAP), and DIY (Do-It-Yourself). The Division also holds a 21.13% equity interest in Samse S.A., a publicly-quoted distributor of building materials to the merchanting sector in the Rhône-Alpes region. Europe Distribution employs approximately 11,000 people at over 650 locations.

At a glance

  • countries
  • 11,000 people
  • 650 operating locations



Europe Distribution - Activities pie chart

Europe Distribution Countries & Regions

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland

Europe Distributions Leadership Positions

Activities Market Leadership Positions
General Builders Merchants No. 1 Austria
  No. 1 Netherlands
  No. 1 Switzerland
  No. 1 Northern Germany
  No. 2 Ile-de-France and Normandy
DIY No. 1 Netherlands*
  No. 3 Belgium*
  No. 5 Germany**
  No. 2 (joint) Portugal (50%)
  *Member of Gamma/Karwei franchise
  **Member of Hagebau franchise
SHAP No. 2 Switzerland
  No. 2 Belgium
  No. 3 Northern Germany

Europe Distribution Sector Exposure

Europe Distribution - Sector Exposure Pie Chart

Europe Distribution Outlets

Business Outlets
General Builders Merchants 352
Sanitary, Heating & Plumbing 134
DIY 198