Profile: CRH PLC (CRH)
18 Dec 2013
CRH plc, incorporated on June 20, 1949, is a diversified building materials company, which manufactures and distributes building material products from the fundamentals of heavy materials and elements to construct the frame, through exterior products that complete the building envelope, to distribution channels, which service construction fit-out and renewal. The Company operates in six business segments: Europe Materials (including activities in China and India), Europe Products, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products and Americas Distribution. CRH’s materials businesses is engaged in the production and sale of a range of primary materials, including cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, asphalt/bitumen and agricultural and/or chemical lime. It manufactures products for use in residential, nonresidential and infrastructure construction applications.
Products businesses is engaged in the production and sale of architectural and structural concrete products, clay products, insulation products, fabricated and tempered glass products, construction accessories and the provision of a range of inter-related products and services to the construction sector. Distribution businesses encompass builder’s merchanting activities and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) stores engaged in the marketing and sale of supplies to the construction sector and to the general public.
Europe Materials is a vertically integrated regional position. Operating in 17 countries, the business is founded in resource-backed cement and aggregates assets which support the manufacture and supply of cement, aggregates, concrete and asphalt products. Europe Materials focuses on operational initiatives which include production efficiencies, greater use of alternative fuels and manufacture of low carbon cements, while the scale of its operations provides economies in purchasing and logistics management.
Americas Materials operates in 44 states with 13 billion tons of permitted aggregates reserves of which 80% are owned, this business is vertically integrated from primary resource quarries into aggregates, asphalt and readymixed concrete products.
Operating in 21 countries, this business is engaged in concrete products, concrete landscaping, clay products, construction accessories and outdoor security. Leveraging the benefits of its regional platforms, the Company realize operational and procurement synergies across the network.
Americas Products’ strategy is to build an optimized portfolio of businesses which offer leadership positions across a balanced range of product markets and end-use segments. Its activities are organized into three product groups under the Oldcastle name: Architectural Products (concrete masonry and hardscapes, clay brick, packaged lawn and garden products, packaged cement mixes, fencing), Precast (utility, drainage and structural precast, construction accessories) and BuildingEnvelope (glass and aluminium glazing systems). Operating in 40 states, CRH has the breadth of product range and national footprint to provide a national service to customers with the personal touch of a local supplier.
Europe Distribution’s seeks opportunities to its network density in the largely unconsolidated core European markets while also investing in other attractive segments of building materials distribution. Organizational initiatives leverage between DIY and builders merchants and use information technology (IT) to deliver operational, optimize the supply chain and provide superior customer service. Its DIY platform in Europe operates a network of 238 stores under four different brands; Gamma and Karwei in the Benelux, Bauking in Germany and MaxMat in Portugal.
Americas Distribution consists of exterior products and interior products. Interior Products sells wallboard, steel studs and acoustical ceiling systems to specialized contractors.
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