Following construction of the Spain and US plants, the opportunity to increase capacity, enter into new markets and extend the commercial network arose with the purchase of Columbus Stainless. In 2002, the operation with the IDC was finalised. The Group continued to grow; Acerinox was already producing in Europe, America and Africa and had more than 80 offices, centres and warehouses spread over the five continents. All that remained was to take the plunge into Asia; the project began in 2008 with the start of the construction of Bahru Stainless in Malaysia. This gave rise to the most global stainless steel production network in the world.