Profile: CRH PLC (CRH)
17 Nov 2017
CRH public limited company (CRH plc), incorporated on June 20, 1949, is a building materials company. The Company manufactures and distributes a range of products servicing the construction needs, 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's segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated in 31 countries across the world.
Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. It supplies a range of aggregates products principally for use in general construction and civil engineering projects. In addition to readymixed concrete, the Company manufactures other concrete products for two principal end-uses: pavers, tiles and blocks for architectural use, and floor and wall elements, beams and vaults for structural use. Its businesses in the United Kingdom (under the Tarmac brand), Ireland, Poland and Switzerland are involved in the production and supply of asphalt. It is organized into six primarily geographical regions, including Tarmac (the United Kingdom); the United Kingdom Cement and Lime, Ireland and Spain; France, Benelux and Denmark; Switzerland and Germany; North East: Finland, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine; South East: Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.
Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. The segment is organized into three business areas: Construction Accessories, Shutters & Awnings, and Perimeter Protection & Network Access Products. Its Construction Accessories business is a manufacturer and supplier of products and engineered solutions for challenging construction projects. Construction Accessories products are used in various projects, including skyscrapers, stadiums and infrastructure developments. The Shutters & Awnings business designs, manufactures and supplies roller shutters, awnings, terrace roofs and related products for sun protection and outdoor living. Perimeter Protection business designs, manufactures and installs fully integrated outdoor security and detection solutions. It includes permanent fencing, mobile fencing for building site security and event management and perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDs).
Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers through a network of local and regional brands. The segment operates in three business areas: General Builders Merchants (GBM), Sanitary, Heating and Plumbing (SHAP), and DIY. As of December 31, 2016, GBM distributed heavy building materials and a range of other products to a professional customer base, mainly small and medium sized builders from 345 locations. SHAP businesses specialized in servicing the needs of plumbers and heating, gas, water, and ventilation technicians at 132 locations, as of December 31, 2016. DIY business sells decorative and home improvement products direct to the consumer. As of December 31, 2016, DIY business sold decorative and home improvement products direct to the consumer from 197 retail locations. The DIY platform in Europe operates under four brands: GAMMA (the Netherlands and Belgium), Karwei (the Netherlands), Hagebau (Germany) and Maxmat joint venture (Portugal).
Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. The business is organized geographically into six divisions, including North, South, Central, West, Canada and Brazil. Americas Materials had a network of operations in approximately 1,200 locations across 43 states in the United States and eight Canadian provinces, as of December 31, 2016.
Americas Products is a supplier of construction products. As of December 31, 2016, it supplied to residential, commercial and infrastructure construction projects operating in 38 states in the United States and five Canadian provinces. It is organized into three strategic business product groups, including Architectural Products, Precast and BuildingEnvelope. The Architectural Products Group (APG) is a supplier of concrete masonry, hardscape and related products for residential, commercial and DIY construction markets. Precast manufactures a range of concrete and polymer-based products, such as underground vaults, plastic enclosures, concrete flooring and modular precast structures which are supplied to the water, electrical, telephone and railroad markets, as well as hotels, apartments, dormitories and prisons. Its Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (OBE) business custom manufactures architectural glass and engineered aluminum glazing systems for multi-story commercial, institutional and residential construction.
Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories to specialty contractors in residential and commercial construction in the United States. It is focused on being the supplier of choice to specialty contractors of Exterior Products (roofing and siding), and Interior Products (ceilings and walls), as well as Solar Roofing panels primarily for the residential market. It is structured as two divisions: Exterior Products and Interior Products.
Operations in Asia include cement business in the Philippines, Northeast China and Southern India. In the Philippines, the Company's operations include the production and supply of aggregates for use in building materials including paving, asphalt, base and sub-base course for roads, foundations and footing.
Company Web Links
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