Houston, Texas, USA — January 4, 2021: HighTech Finishing (HighTech) has appointed international business executive Simon Haining as new company president. Simon brings 15+ years of experience in various fields of manufacturing, aerospace, and aviation to HighTech. Simon will support the company’s growth objectives of advancing capabilities in metal plating for aircraft interior parts.
Most recently, Simon was General Manager of the PCC Forged Products division of Wyman-Gordon, a worldwide aerospace manufacturing company with offices in the U.K. and Houston. Simon joins HighTech to provide business leadership and operational support to serve the company’s domestic and international business jet aviation customers.
“We were impressed with Simon’s global business experience and deep understanding of manufacturing processes to optimize our delivery of finished parts to customers,” says Carl A. Bartuch Jr., CEO of HighTech Finishing. “Simon is the right person to lead our company forward enhancing our Lean manufacturing processes and building on our stellar reputation for high-quality decorative metal plating.”
“I look forward to applying my experience as a business leader in the manufacturing environment and technical understanding of metalwork to support company growth in 2021 and beyond,” says Simon Haining. “Throughout my career, I have focused on continuous improvement by asking the right questions and bringing together various departments to support the business as a whole.”
Educationally, Simon studied physics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he grew up. After supporting university research into quantum physics, Simon entered the aerospace and aviation environment to apply his understanding of metallurgy and metal properties in manufacturing settings.
Simon advanced from specializing in the technical side of manufacturing to becoming an operational leader focused on refining processes that improve productivity and the quality of finished products. Throughout his career prior to joining HighTech, Simon honed critical skills managing people and took on more business responsibilities that allowed him to oversee the success of manufacturing projects for clients including Baker Hughes, Shell, Schlumberger, and Halliburton.
In 2021, Simon will spearhead efforts to optimize HighTech manufacturing processes, navigate post-pandemic challenges for the aviation market, and support the development of new services to meet the latest customer needs.
– To contact Simon Haining for introductions and further discussion, call HighTech Finishing locally in Houston at 713-666-0550 or dial toll-free +1-800-949-0124.
ABOUT HIGHTECH FINISHING: Since 1984, HighTech Finishing has led the aviation interior plating industry by providing high-quality decorative metal parts to partners in the aircraft industry that include business jet owners, aircraft interior designers, and MRO facilities. HighTech offers a comprehensive array of plating solutions, including a selection of 130+ decorative metal plating finishes for metal parts to elevate the look and feel of the aircraft interior. HighTech holds certifications and designations including FAA CRS Q9HR088B, ISO 9001:2015, and AS9100:2016.