Reliance, Rohm & Haas to build plant
India''s Reliance Industries and U.S.-based chemicals producer Rohm & Haas Co. have signed an agreement to explore joint construction of an acrylic acid plant in western India, the Associated Press reports. The proposed plant will be located in Jamnagar along India''s west coast, where Reliance, an oil and petrochemical conglomerate, is building the world''s largest oil refinery, a Reliance statement said. Philadelphia-based Rohm & Haas will provide technology for the plant that will have a capacity to manufacture 200,000 tons of acrylic acid and its derivatives annually, the statement said. The products of the plant will be used in making environment-friendly paints and coatings, packaging adhesives, detergents, textile and construction materials, the statement said. It is also expected to spur development of super absorbent polymers, used primarily in the manufacture of diapers.