PHILADELPHIA -- Rohm and Haas Co. announced the formal start of operations at the company’s new Adhesives and Sealants and Coatings Manufacturing and Technical Service Facility in Taloja, India. The facility will supply the domestic market in India and export markets in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and South Africa.

The site employs 55 people and includes a customer-service and application-support laboratory for customers in the coatings and polymers, and adhesives and sealants markets.

Rohm and Haas said it invested $20 million in the manufacturing and customer-support facility, which has an annual production capacity of 25,000 to 35,000 metric tons of adhesives and coatings polymers. The site will produce polyurethane, polyester and waterborne adhesives for flexible-packaging applications and acrylic emulsions for pressure-sensitive adhesives. The plant will also produce a full range of waterborne latex emulsion polymers used in paints and coatings and for construction, leather, textile, and non-woven applications.