DuPont has begun construction of a new world-class coatings plant in the Jiading district of Shanghai, PRNewswire reports. When completed next year, it will serve a variety of automotive and industrial markets in China. Operations at the new plant are expected to begin in late 2007. The facility will employ approximately 250 people initially. Products will include coatings for use in automotive and a range of industrial applications. The Jiading plant will be the company''s 10th finishes-related investment in China. DuPont invested $20 million in facility and technology improvements in a plant it acquired in 2004 to establish an advanced automotive finishes manufacturing site in Changchun. The company also operates four powder coatings plants in China that are part of a joint venture, a refinish technical center in Shanghai and training centers for automotive aftermarket customers in Beijing and Shanghai. A technical and distribution service center dedicated to the automotive manufacturing industry is also located in Shanghai.