Our Company

About James Hardie Building Products

James Hardie is a global leader in the production of interior and exterior building products, generating more than $2.5 billion in net sales and employing more than 4,900 people across operations in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe.

Our company’s goal is to remain at the forefront of the building products industry in every market in which we operate.

Key to this effort is our dedication to our customers, who we serve through industry-leading innovation, an empowering company culture, and by capitalizing on our global scale.

The foundation of this strategy, and our company identity, is an unwavering commitment to safe people, safe places and safe systems through our Zero Harm initiative.

Our History

James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) is based in Ireland and heads the James Hardie group of companies.

The predecessor of our modern company was established in 1888, when the enterprising young James Hardie left his family's tannery business in Scotland and immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in search of new opportunities. Hardie leveraged his experience to start a business importing oils and animal hide tanning products.

Hardie was joined in Melbourne in 1892 by fellow Scotsman Andrew Reid, who became a full partner in the business in 1895. Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the company to Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired.

Today, James Hardie is a world leading manufacturer of premium building products. It is the preeminent manufacturer of fiber cement products, having pioneered the technology in the 1980s, and a leader in fiber gypsum products through its ownership of Germany-based Fermacell, which it acquired in 2018.