Globalisation of Kingspan remains at the heart of our ongoing evolution. In late 2017 we further expanded our manufacturing footprint by investing in partnerships in Brazil and Colombia. These acquisitions firmly place Kingspan in a market leading position across Latin America, a new frontier for Kingspan, with a strong platform for further growth in the region.
Early in 2018 we acquired a presence in Southern Europe through the Synthesia Group, consisting of three operating businesses; Synthesia International, Poliuretanos and Huurre. Through its Huurre and Poliuretanos businesses, the Synthesia Group gives Kingspan a leading position in both Insulated Panels and Insulation Boards on the Iberian Peninsula and strengthens our emerging Insulated Panels presence in Latin America. It also provides an excellent technology platform for blended chemical systems similar to those used throughout the wider Kingspan Group.
We also advanced our position in Central Europe with the acquisition in July 2018 of Balex Metal, a Polish manufacturer of Insulated Panels and Insulation Boards. Balex has a strong market presence locally and in surrounding export markets. It complements our existing presence in the region and brings with it two well invested manufacturing facilities.
In July we invested in the Kingspan Jindal business in India opening the door to a longer term conversion opportunity in the region.