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Andrey Yermak met with top management of CRH international group of companies

24 April , 2024  

The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, has met with a delegation of the international group of companies CRH, which is the largest producer of construction materials in North America and Europe, the press service of the Office of the President said on Tuesday evening.

It is noted that the delegation was headed by the group’s chief operating officer Randy Lake, and also included Peter Buckley, president of CRH in Europe, and Guillaume Cavalier, director of CRH in Southern and Eastern Europe.

During the meeting Yermak emphasized that Ukraine is ready to facilitate investments from such powerful global players in every possible way and to discuss all necessary issues with foreign and domestic businesses. According to him, today it is important to understand what exactly needs to be changed to improve the business climate. Strong institutions are needed, and Ukraine even during the war continues reforms, heading towards full membership in the EU.

“For our part – the President, the Office, and the Government of Ukraine – we are ready to fully support you. We are interested that such large investors work in our country and have comfortable conditions. It is very important that despite all the circumstances, the war, you are here and ready to continue to work,” – said Yermak.

As reported, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine AMCU on January 23 reported on the beginning of consideration of the case on concerted actions in the form of implementation of provisions on refraining from competition, enshrined in the concentration agreement between the Irish group CRH and Dyckerhoff GmbH, owning assets in Ukraine.

In June 2023, Italian cement producer Buzzi, listed by the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) as an international sponsor of war, through its subsidiary Dyckerhoff GmbH, reached an agreement to sell part of its business in Eastern Europe to Irish group CRH, including Ukrainian assets in the form of two cement plants. The transaction is expected to close in 2024.

Later, in September 2023, the AMCU returned CRH’s application for concentration without consideration due to non-compliance with the requirements, and also noted that the group occupies about one-third of the Ukrainian cement market. In October of the same year, the agency reopened the case.

CRH has been operating in Ukraine since 1999. Since November 2021, its cement enterprises in Ukraine have been operating under the Cemark brand: Podolsk Cement JSC (Khmelnytskyi oblast), Cement LLC (Odessa) and Mykolaivcement PJSC (Lviv oblast).

A separate line of CRH business in Ukraine is production of concrete and reinforced concrete products. PoliBeton Energo’s Bila Tserkva Reinforced Concrete Plant is a specialized enterprise that produces supports for power transmission lines. PoliBeton’s concrete unit in the north of Odessa joined CRH in 2020.

CRH is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction materials. The company employs about 71,000 people at its 3,200 plants in 28 countries. It is the largest producer of building materials in North America and Europe. The company is also present in Asia. CRH’s American depositary shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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