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Two iconic British construction brands, Tarmac and Blue Circle have today come together to form Tarmac, the UK leader in building materials and sustainable construction solutions, under the new ownership of CRH plc. This announcement follows the completion of CRH’s acquisition of  the businesses from Lafarge SA and Anglo American Plc. The company’s new branding combines the heritage and innovation associated with the Tarmac name and the unique identity of the Blue Circle logo.

Drawing on the respective strengths of both Tarmac and Blue Circle, the newly combined business is now the market leader in aggregates, asphalt, contracting services, lime and powders and is a leading player nationwide in cement, concrete and other building products.  The company’s position in cement is also enhanced by access to significant import capacity in addition to its existing three UK manufacturing plants.

Tarmac’s CEO, Cyrille Ragoucy,said: “This is an exciting evolution for our business. With our new owner CRH in place to support the ongoing development and delivery of our strategic vision, we’re in an exceptionally strong position to deliver our growth ambitions and continue creating value for our customers, our shareholders and our employees.”

With over 6,900 employees across more than 400 sites, underpinned by major investment in technology and logistics capacity, the business has the capability, expertise and scale to support the delivery of major infrastructure projects, as well as supplying the retail and trade markets with its range of high-end DIY and bagged solutions. Tarmac has confirmed that there will be no change to its relationships with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. The company will continue to supply the same market-leading range of products and solutions.  



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About Tarmac

Tarmac, a CRH company, is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. Our innovative products and solutions not only deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy today but also help to create a more sustainable built environment for the country’s long term future. We have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects, including Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, The Shard and London 2012.

The company has over 150 years of experience and directly employs around 6,900 people across a nationwide network of over 400 sites. Our solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, road contracting services, building products and recycling services. This unique combination of people, technology and assets enables us to offer customers unrivalled choice, innovation and flexibility.

Prior to the acquisition of Tarmac by CRH from Lafarge SA and Anglo American Plc the business was known as Lafarge Tarmac. The leadership team includes Cyrille Ragoucy as CEO, and Guy Young as CFO.


About CRH

CRH (LSE: CRH, ISEQ: CRG, NYSE: CRH) is a leading diversified international building materials group, employing 91,000 people at c.4,000 operating locations in 37 countries worldwide. With a market capitalisation of c€22 billion (July 2015), CRH is the largest building materials company in North America and the third largest worldwide. The Group has leadership positions in Europe as well as established strategic positions in emerging economic regions of Asia and South America. CRH is committed to improving the built environment through the delivery of superior materials and products for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure, housing and commercial projects. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 index and the ISEQ 20 with American Depositary Shares listed on the NYSE. For more information visit


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