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Employee Spotlight: Investing In Our Plating Team Leads to Customer Success

HighTech Finishing employee provides aircraft interior plating services at our facility in Houston, Texas, USA

HighTech Finishing is committed to creating customer value for our aviation clients by going beyond the conventional customer-supplier relationship. One of the primary ways we achieve this objective for our clients is by proactively building up our employees.

We continually reinvest in our employees and empower them to do what’s best for our customers. William Gonzalez is a great example of this as an employee who grew into a brand-new role that would benefit our clients.

As we announced last year, we were the first company in the decorative plating industry to introduce the role of a Technical Field Representative, which William stepped into during 2020. Even during the height of the pandemic, we believed it was critical to introduce this role to personally visit customer locations, check on the performance of plated parts, and resolve any issues directly with the customer.

There are other great examples of how our employees have grown over time and remained committed to supporting our clients’ latest needs through long-term employment at HighTech.

Highlighting Our Employees Committed to Customer Success

We would like to highlight three employees who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to customer success and have continually performed at a high level:

  • Andres Rosales
  • Ricardo Gonzalez
  • Tani Rodriguez

Andres Rosales

Andres Rosales has worked for HighTech Finishing for 7 years. He currently supports masking for faucets and other aircraft interior parts. Like many other employees in our company, Andres has advanced to take on more specialized jobs for our customers.

Andres started in wiring and racking, then moved to gold plating, and now masking. He is exceptionally skilled at plating faucets in 24k Gold using various types of design templates.

“With my plating knowledge, it helps me figure out which of the different masking techniques works best for each customer part,” Andres says.

Andres particularly enjoys fellowship with his co-workers, the schedule, benefits that our company offers to employees, and the opportunities to grow. We appreciate Andres’ dedication, especially supporting the creation of brilliant gold-plated parts for our customers!

Ricardo Gonzalez

We are very proud of our 50-step decorative plating process that ensures the highest quality production, finish, and delivery of aircraft interior parts for our customers. Ricardo Rodriguez is instrumental in ensuring that we follow this process every time for every customer.

Ricardo has been with our company for 10+ years. In his current role, he provides Quality Assurance (QA) services to ensure that each finished product meets customer requirements and expectations.

Over the past decade, Ricardo has acquired a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in industry best practices for the plating process. He has expanded his knowledge base in the ISO9001/AS9100 process requirements, enabling us to apply zero-defect finishes on every part, every time.

“I enjoy working with the HighTech Finishing team and implementing improvements to our QA process,” Ricardo says. “I truly appreciate the people and camaraderie of this team.”

Tani Rodriguez

At HighTech, our customer service standards are very high. We aim to exceed expectations by providing more than just support to our customers. Tani Rodriguez enables us to meet these high standards by serving as an excellent customer service liaison.

Tani has been with HighTech for 9 years and he is primarily responsible for tracking customer orders. He ensures that each customer’s needs are met and that our company handles any difficult, unique, or time-sensitive orders with exceptional care.

“I realize that personal touch is very important in my role,” Tani says. “I enjoy creating and nurturing customer relationships to ensure the customer is always happy.”

We appreciate Tani’s commitment to fostering long-term customer relationships that go far beyond mere support by proactively seeking out ways to help our customers.

Discover Our Employee-Led Customer Support Difference

These are just a few examples of the many dedicated employees that enable our company to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our staff enables our company to be one of the most reliable, prompt, and quality-driven plating companies in the industry.

We invite you to learn more about our dedicated team by contacting us today. Whether you are a new customer or have worked with us for decades, we appreciate the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with customers so that we can continue to create customer value for you and your company.

Which Brilliant Finish Do You Prefer for Aircraft Interior Parts?

HighTech Finishing offers 130+ brilliant decorative finishes to apply to aircraft interior parts

Brilliant ideas. Lucrative mergers. Life-long memories. Pivotal moments in business and life do not always transpire in the board room or on the golf course. Sometimes, the actual journey aboard your business aircraft is where these significant moments happen, rather than the destination. Shouldn’t the journey help curate and foster such occasions?

We are a product of our environment, after all, and enhancing the space where substantial events are free to come to fruition is where HighTech Finishing flourishes. Tapping into our impressive list of 130+ brilliant metal finishes for aircraft interior parts will effectively upgrade the look and feel of your aircraft interior to unprecedented levels.

The only hard part is choosing which aircraft interior finishes to apply to each metal part in your aircraft as you strive to create an unmistakable homefield advantage.

Discover Your Preferred Finishes to Aircraft Interior Parts

Let us indulge your senses as you envision the perfect combination of dazzling colors to create a winning aesthetic that wow will business partners, VIPs, and favored guests.

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Family

Within our lustrous gold, silver, and bronze metal families, there are 48 brilliant finishes to choose from. We have chosen to highlight a few of our unique favorites.

– Rose gold has made quite an impression on the world as of late with its application to everything from high-end smartphones and watches to fine jewelry and shoes. Our Rose Gold Frosted takes this trend to the next level, giving it a frosted, fun, slightly feminine layer. With extremely subtle hints of pink woven into the gold, it is the perfect softer palate for a gentler look.

Imagine stepping onto your aircraft and being enveloped in a sea of Sangria Gold Satin. Like the drink where it gets its namesake, you will immediately feel as if you have arrived at a grand vacation. Just barely brighter than Rose Gold Satin, it has a brushed-on look and a deeper hue.

There’s nothing quite as pure as gold, but white gold takes it to elevated heights. Pure White Gold Satin is just as dreamy as it sounds with creamy greys and whites perfectly blended into a velvety smooth metal finish. Similar to the brushed look of Sangria Gold Satin, Pure White Gold Pearlite echoes the luminous color of Pure White Gold Satin, but with fine brush strokes.

Like a delicate silk glove that fits perfectly on the skin is our Silver Pearlite finish.  Peaceful to look at, it bathes you in luxury with its luscious silvery-ivory look.

A bit higher in nature commanding power is the High Gloss Pewter finish, which is a step above in deepness of color than the Silver Pearlite with brush stoke essences.

Bronze is never in third place among our finishes. And, in fact, our Bronze Satin finish wins every time with its soft subtle lines and sleek finish in a more muted color than gold.

Finally, the “wow-factor” color belongs to our Bronze Polished Bright. Stepping aboard an aircraft to such brilliance and brightness will immediately brighten any mood and set the right tone for business to be conducted.

The Chrome, Brass, and Nickel Family

Our chrome, brass, and nickel families are comprised of 27 beautiful finishes.

With peppered bits of silver and gray, our Chrome Frosted is a softer blend of colors than its harsh predictable predecessor, straight chrome. However, if a more refined and statelier feel is the look you are going for, Chrome Antique is pure perfection in a warmer shade.

Brass Medium Aged Walnut channels a board room presence with a golden glow intertwined with dark thin lines. Brass has never looked more beautiful and creamier than the Brass Pearlite finish. Much less astringent than brass alone, it is the perfect marriage of gold and ivory tones creating an exquisite environment.

Nickel doesn’t have to be boring, and our Nickel Swirl and Nickel Hammertone are a unique twist on this often-overlooked color. Bright, silvery finishes with interesting etched swirls are intertwined with one another creating a creative, eye-catching pattern.

A highlighted smoldering finish is the essence of our Smoked Nickel Polished Bright metal. It’s less dark than the Swirl and Hammertone, but just as dramatic to create a unique environment to close the big deal.

The Copper, Black, and Platinum Family

There are 20 metal finishes to choose from in our copper, black, and platinum families.

Among the more unique color finishes to choose from, but no less stunning is copper.  The addition of satin with its soothing qualities makes our Copper Pearlite finish perfect for making esteemed guests feel at ease. Goldish-brown hues with flecks of pearl distinguish Copper Light Aged from all the rest.

Similar to the Nickel Hammertone but darker and deeper in color is the prominent Black Pearle Hammertone. With its deep, yet delicate swirls, it commands attention.

Is there anything more elegant than Pitch Black Soft Velvet? It is an unforgettable finish prestigious enough for the most discerning of tastes.

Lest we forget about our platinum finishes. Platinum derives its name from the Spanish word platino, meaning “little silver,” but there is nothing “little” about our Platinum Polished Bright and Platinum Frosted finishes. Bright and bold, these silvery-white finishes are big on their glowing pigmentation with the added iridescence on the Platinum Frosted.

There’s no telling the success you will experience when the aircraft interior is enhanced by this dazzling array of colors applied to each aircraft interior part.

Connect With One of Our Knowledgeable Staff Today!

At HighTech Finishing, we are unrelenting in our pursuit of the perfect finish to apply to each aircraft interior part. Whether it’s a buckle, light, or latch, there is an opportunity to achieve brilliance supporting the interior of your aircraft interior.

Have the perfect selection in mind? Let us know! Did we spark an idea for something new or different to try? Our expert designers can turn your vision into reality!  We can match any color from literally any item such as paint swatches, fabrics, or competitive samples to create something unique for your aircraft interior parts that will be sure to wow guests and create the right business environment.

Contact HighTech Finishing today. Let our experts explore the finishing options for aircraft interior parts. We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net to get started on your next brilliant project.

 

Luxury Design Tip: Matching Plated Parts to Aircraft Fabrics

Aircraft interior of private jet including aircraft seat fabric and metal parts

Every aspect of the aircraft interior for a private plane or business jet can be viewed as an opportunity to utilize color to create a cohesive look and feel. For aircraft interior designers, there is a unique opportunity to create a distinguished look by matching the color of aircraft seat fabric to the metal interior parts.

Think of this opportunity to achieve excellence the same way that you would match each unique piece in the interior of a home to create a welcoming experience for every guest who steps across the threshold.

Home is where the heart is, but flying privately above the distractions of everyday life is a different kind of fascinating experience not universally available. Like the home, it should be a special and sacred space. To that effect, a personal private aircraft should be expertly designed to be a home away from home where the intimate network of life happens.

The same level of comfort, coordinated aesthetics, and tranquility that is often painstakingly detailed in the home can also be replicated to a certain degree in a private aircraft. Gone are the days of drab uniform carpet and seat fabrics with limited plating colors available.

Today, thanks to advanced interior design capabilities and our expertise with aircraft interior parts at HighTech Finishing, aircraft interior designers can use an array of color options to create an impressive final product that will dramatically elevate the aircraft experience for your clients.

Consider a Holistic Approach to Aircraft Interior Design

To say that something is more than the sum of its parts is saying that the final product is better than you would expect from the individual parts. There is something in the way that disparate objects are combined to create a different quality that goes beyond the capabilities of the individual parts.

This concept in holism relates to the interior of a private aircraft to the effect that the total impression of each designed part interacting with one another should be greater than the effectiveness of the interior parts when acting in isolation from one another.

A custom metal finish on interior parts such as belt-buckle latches and door handles is exquisite on its own when selecting from any one of our 150+ decorative metal finishes. Complimenting tailored, client-specific interior leather and fabrics will help bring out the elegance of each selected metal finish.

This approach truly elevates the interior of the aircraft to flawless levels even for the most discriminating of tastes. The result is a seamless look and remarkable feel that captivates the eyes and awakens the senses.

Leverage Our Attention to Detail in Metal Finishing

When the interior of a house is designed, each piece is brought together in a specific manner. Each item acts flawlessly together, becoming more powerful in evoking a certain desired ambiance than if the items were in exclusivity from one another.

Most often is the case that one particular color, fabric, or favored piece becomes the design focal point, and everything else is curated around this item. A private aircraft is a luxurious extension of its owner’s home and should be no different in the way it is designed — with every detail accounted for to maximize the experience.

Whether the starting focal point is an opulent, textured, gold-flecked metal seat buckle, or a patterned plush carpet with hints of silvery threads, each interior piece can be — and ought to be — brought convincingly together to create a visually appealing cohesive look specifically designed for the customer’s desires.

At HighTech Finishing, we specialize in helping designers elevate the interior of the aircraft by capturing ideas and turning those ideas into solutions. We’ll help you think bigger about matching the various interior parts such as fabrics, leathers, carpet, and metal finishes to bring your vision to life.

Our superior color matching capabilities enable us to match virtually any color from paint swatches, fabrics, woods, competitor samples, or literally any other material found in aircraft interiors. Consider our impressive roster of metal finishes.

Additionally, we have the ability to create new decorative finishes as well. If you can dream it, we can create it. Just take a look at our work meeting a customer request for something unique, new, and intentionally whimsical. The result: the introduction of Pitch Black Stardust. What would you like for us to craft?

Contact Us to Match Your Interior Fabric and Metal Parts

As an aircraft interior designer, it’s time to bring your client’s aircraft interior to the next level. Partner with us to achieve this goal. We can help you identify exciting opportunities to match aircraft fabrics and metal-plated interior parts.

Our experts are skilled in making an overwhelming process feel less daunting. Contact us today to get started on using color in a new way. We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net.

 

24K Gold + Black Pearl = Retro Look Options for Aircraft Interior Parts

HighTech Finishing provides black pearl + 24K gold combinations for aircraft interior parts

For aircraft interior designers, we recognize the importance of identifying current, modern, and amazing color combinations to wow clients and their guests who step inside a luxury aircraft or business jet. However, a few customers are now opting for the classic retro look color combination of gold and black.

Imagine 24K Gold that is partnered with a luscious Black Pearl finish on various aircraft interior parts. The results are so transcendent that your clients will lavish in the luxurious feel of the interior of their aircraft.

Imagine the Possibilities of 24K Gold & Black Pearl

At HighTech Finishing, we offer nine stunning 24K Gold decorative plating finishes and five dedicated Black Pearl finishes. Each brilliant decorative metal finish makes a gorgeous impression on its own. But, in combination, the contrasting colors are magnificent. Allow us to illuminate the cosmetic appeal of each color family.

24K Gold Selections

Arguably the most coveted of all the metals in the world, 24K gold is authentically pure in nature, without any silver, zinc, nickel, copper, or any other metal found within it. That makes it the purest type of gold available with 24 out of 24 parts consisting exclusively of gold.

With such an impeccable starting point, the variations of color compositions are simply spectacular. Our 24K gold finishes include:

  • 24K Gold Polished Bright
  • 24K Gold Satin
  • 24K Gold Frosted
  • 24K Gold Light Aged
  • 24K Gold Medium Aged
  • 24K Gold Dark Aged
  • 24K Matte Gold
  • 24K Gold Hammertone
  • 24K Gold Pearllite

Black Pearl Selections

Sophisticated in essence and symbolic in mystery, the color black symbolizes power, elegance, and strength. It evokes feelings of serious prestige in the utmost formal and authoritative way.  The soft addition of a pearl texture — naturally perfect with a glittery sheen — elevates the color black to exquisite heights.

A natural black pearl is more mysterious than its traditional cream cousin. The reason being it takes extremely rare conditions to form pearls that have that dark, mysteriously iridescent glow. With those characteristics in mind, we offer an amazing selection of black pearl finishes:

  • Black Pearl Polished Bright
  • Black Pearl Frosted
  • Black Pearl Hammertone
  • Black Pearl Pearllite
  • Black Pearl Satin

24K Gold + Black Pearl = Astonish Your Clients

Elevate the standard of beauty for your client’s private aircraft. What better way to heighten the interior of the aircraft than with the purest of golds and the rarest of black pearl. There are several different combinations we recommend to achieve a breathtaking look and feel.

– The brightest and most brilliant of the metal finish options we have available is the 24K Gold Polished Bright. Combined with Black Pearl Polished Bright, the results are nothing short of stunning. Guests onboard the aircraft will be immediately enveloped in a bright blanket of powerful luxury.

– Softer to the eyes and silky to the touch is the combination of 24K Gold Satin and Black Pearl Satin. Every metal surface travelers touch inside the private aircraft will be like touching a velvety sheet, slightly darker in nature than the polished bright color families, but with a complex depth of color character.

– A unique textured color finish available at HighTech finishing is the hammertone. It is a special finish with a surface that looks just like hammered metal. Selecting 24K Gold Hammertone with a dark Nickel or Pitch Black finish creates one of the most unique, multi-dimensional layers of colors. The gold and black are so effortlessly intertwined that it is difficult to discern one color from the next, resulting in a hammered mixture of strong beauty.

– Additionally, adding a frosted layer such as the Black Pearl Frosted to any finish adds a layer of stardust to an already perfect finish underneath. A subtle sparkle and a shimmery sheen gives the perfect delicate touch.

Contact Us to Discuss Black Pearl 24K Gold Combinations

There are many additional color combinations within these two color families. Although the sky may be the limit, we’re here to help bring these choices back down to earth to help you identify the choices that are best for your clients.

Our team of plating experts can discuss various options with you. We will help elevate the aesthetic appeal of the aircraft’s interior by using a combination of 24K gold and black pearl finishes to aircraft interior parts.

Contact us today to start a conversation! We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net

 

Use Metal Finishing to Personalize Your Brand On Aircraft Interior Parts

HighTech Finishing provides custom branding on aircraft interior parts through a proven metal finishing process

Your personal aircraft or your company’s business jet are more than just a vehicle. The aircraft represents you. It says something about you and reinforces a certain message about who you are and what you stand for. It’s part of your brand. So, how can you creatively promote your brand for a long-lasting and profitable effect?

Exterior paint schemes are often a subtle reflection of company branding, so why not consider your brand on key elements of your aircraft interior? Using our exceptional metal finishing process, we can incorporate your brand colors on aircraft interior parts. This isn’t just an extra step in our metal plating process; it’s a crucial step to help you make a larger impact.

Why Personal Branding for Aircraft Interior Parts?

A personal brand is the exclusive combination of skills and experiences that make you who you are. In effect, it is how you present yourself to the world. The process of personal branding involves finding the things that are unique to you or your business and then working on building a reputation to support what you ultimately want to be known for.

Consistency in your brand messaging is key. One of the distinguished ways that you can achieve this is through branding the metal plating pieces inside your private aircraft.  

From seat buckles and latches to ashtrays and hinges, basically, any metal interior part can be custom-plated by HighTech Finishing to reinforce your brand. Whether that is a monogram, a symbol, a logo, a phrase, or any other type of personalization, leaving your individual mark on the interior metal parts of the aircraft not only elevates your brand to the next level, it solidifies the feel of your brand for every single person privileged enough to come onboard.

Regardless of whether you desire for a single metal item to be personalized or if you have a more extravagant vision for several elements inside the aircraft to contain your unique look, these days, everyone wants their own exclusive touch. Why not you?

How We Support Business Branding

An individual can have a personal brand exclusive from their business brand, or it could be one and the same. Business branding is centered on the practice of promoting the brand name of a corporate entity, as opposed to specific products or services. This could be your company logo, a symbol, or even a catchphrase.

Personalizing and customizing the interior of your business jet is just one more touchpoint that your clients will see and remember. Keep in mind that your clients and customers are bombarded with messages through a variety of advertising mediums. Onboard your aircraft, they will only see one. Yours. This leaves a lasting visual memory and accessible brand recall when they think about your company.

If your branding is effective, then it will differentiate you from the competitive noise and allow you to build trust with prospective clients. By engraving your logo, symbol, or name on metal interior pieces, your company’s brand creates a seamless transition from the board room to marketing to customer decisions.

And, unlike temporary means of advertising, metal branding is permanent. Almost any business owner can travel private, but the smart and savvy ones have reinforced their message by carrying the branding through to their aircraft interiors.

Let’s Get Personal with Metal Finishing of Interior Parts!

What do you want guests or customers to remember when they step onto and off your plane? If it’s brand awareness, contact HighTech Finishing today to explore the different ways we can customize and personalize the interior parts of your aircraft using our superior metal finishing process.

The options might be limitless, but there is, and only will be, one you. Make the best impression for years to come. Call us to discuss using our metal finishing services to create stunning, branded interior metal parts.

Choosing Between Chrome vs. Nickel Plating For Your Aircraft Interior

HighTech Finishing color selection box, including chrome vs. nickel plating options for aircraft interior parts

When it comes to creating a brilliant look for the interior of your private aircraft, you want to be sure that every decision supports the aesthetic you are going for. This includes deciding between our many offerings including chrome or nickel plating options for aircraft interior parts.

Although you can never go wrong when making the chrome vs. nickel decision, it is still important to understand the visual differences between these two finishes to achieve the absolutely ideal look and feel for your aircraft interior parts.

Chrome Plating Finishes Delivered by HighTech Finishing

For a modern and sleek look, chrome plating is a wonderful choice. It gives a smooth, shiny, uniform, and contemporary interior feel. Although part of the familiar silver-grey family palate, we offer many distinctions within that realm, as detailed below in the finish options we offer.

Our chrome family of finishes include the following.

  • Polished Bright is lustrous and clean with a continuous effortless look.
  • Satin Brushed is delicate with faint exquisite traces of brush stroke lines.
  • Frosted is finished with an opaque speckle.
  • Antique has a slightly increased brownish color.
  • Pearllite, as the name suggests, resembles a silvery silky pearl

In tandem with its state-of-the-art look, chrome offers distinct advantages. Primarily, its ability to withstand heavy customer use while maintaining the integrity of the part due to its high level of strength as a metal.

Interior aircraft parts will generally, over time, have wear and tear on them, scratches, and unfortunate dents. This can lead to a shorter life span of the part and thus costly to replace frequently.

However, minor physical faults can be addressed. This will completely revitalize the appearance, making it look brand-new. Parts are then easier to clean and maintain, ensuring that the aircraft stays pristine at all times. You can clean and polish any finish with a non-abrasive cloth.

Nickel Plating Finishes Delivered by HighTech Finishing

Nickel is another wonderful, robust choice for aircraft interior parts with its silvery-white luster and slight golden tinge.

With its bright, lustrous appeal, nickel provides an attractive finish to interior parts with a glossy, and a distinct, yellowish hue. We have 12 brilliant nickel options to choose from.

Our Nickel family of finishes includes the following.

  • Polished Bright is creamy, light, and uniform with a hint of pearly gray.
  • Satin Brushed is a bit darker in gray with fine brush stroke essences.
  • Frosted is similar to Frosted Chrome, but darker in nature.
  • Matte Nickel is somewhat further cloudy, but similar to Polished Bright in smoothness.
  • Light Aged (Antique) is relatively more yellow than Satin Brushed with delicate lines.
  • Medium Aged (Antique) is a step darker than Medium Aged with increased gray tones but similar lines as Light Aged Antique.
  • Dark Aged (Antique), the deepest and darkest of the Nickel Antique colors, is opaque with subtle lines.
  • Hammertone has comparable color properties to Light Aged Antique but is finished with a swirl texture.
  • Smoked Nickel Polished Bright has an enhanced brilliance to its counterpart Polished Bright.
  • Smoked Nickel Satin Brushed has hints of greenish gray with discriminating brush lines.
  • Pearllite resembles a silky gold and ivory luxurious pearl.
  • Swirl is similar to Smoked Nickel Polished Bright but has greater prominent swirl finishes on top in contrast to the smaller swirls on Hammertone.

Find Support Selecting From Chrome vs. Nickel Plating Options

Chrome and nickel are both amazing selections for your aircraft interior parts, but picking the right one shouldn’t have to be difficult. Let us help!

Regardless of which plating you chose to elevate the interior of your aircraft, both of these long-lasting metals will provide your aircraft with the perfect touch of beauty and brilliance for years to come.

The challenging part, of course, will be deciding on which of our multiple color options to choose from! To get started, check out our list of over 130 finishes.

Our team is ready and able to help you narrow down the choices for your specific aircraft needs and personality. We are looking forward to working with you to make your aircraft a work of interior art.

Contact HighTech Finishing today to find out more about our industry-leading plating services to enhance the look and feel of your aircraft interior! We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net.

HighTech Finishing Appoints Simon Haining as New President

HTF new CEO Simon Haining

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.

How We Use Clear Coat to Enhance Aircraft Interior Parts

Aircraft interior part enhanced through clear coat paint applied by HighTech Finishing in Houston

Owning a private jet is a hard-earned, privileged luxury in which every aspect should reflect perfection. The experience of the private traveler — whether the jet owner himself, a business client on their way to an important meeting, or a family headed to a treasured vacation — should not only be superior in comfort, but aesthetically pleasing in all aspects from the moment they step foot into the aircraft.

This perfection deserves to stand the test of time to be greatly enjoyed by every person fortunate enough to travel privately. One way we achieve this at HighTech Finishing is by using a clear coat application as part of our finishing process.

Why Clear Coat on Aircraft Interior Parts?

The beauty and benefits of clear coating is tri-fold.

Endurance and Efficiency to Support Longevity

Specialized interior parts that are completed with their final color and then finished with clear coat look better longer, extending the functionality of the aircraft interior design.

The extra application is specifically designed to prevent corrosion, keeping the aircraft in the air rather than on the ground for maintenance. It also improves gloss and color retention, making the specialized colors you select look brilliant and luxurious for years to come.

Additionally, adding clear coat to interior metal parts creates a smooth surface that makes it quicker and easier to clean parts. We all know that an occasional scratch will occur with regular use. The clear coat allows you to effortlessly buff these out as if they were never there.

Your jet not only looks impeccable, but it is easier to maintain and will stand the test of time.

Enhanced Technique to Achieve a Consistent Finish

Our highly specialized and carefully selected technicians go through rigorous training in order to perfect the process of applying a seamless clear coat to parts that will be installed on the aircraft.

Our team ensures that the top coat is not over-sprayed, nor-under sprayed, to achieve an even application. A visual inspection is then performed for obvious defects so that corrections can be made.

If a rare defect is found, the clear coat can be sanded and polished due to the properties consistent in the enameled paint, without tending to run, sag, or pinhole. Significant advances have been made in the process of applying a clear top coat, which has reduced the time it takes to apply and dry.

Therefore, the amount of time an aircraft is out of service for repair is diminished and flying time is increased. At every step, parts are carefully handled, meticulously maintained, and beautifully finished.

Parts Treated with Clear Coat Adds to Enjoyment

Traveling in a private jet is meant to be enjoyed. The enjoyment not only comes from the travel experience itself, but to the eyes and touch of the traveler. Having clear coated parts significantly increases the visual appeal of the aircraft interior and feels soft and luxurious to the touch.

This indulgence will last for years due to the sustainability of the top clear coat protectant paint and alleviates the need to take your aircraft out of commission to constantly maintain its beauty, leaving you more time to enjoy the aircraft. Every person stepping aboard your aircraft will immediately see and feel luxury, as they relax and indulge in their flight.

Whether you are a business aircraft manufacturer or a private jet owner, shouldn’t your hard work be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come?

Contact HighTech Finishing for All Your Finishing Needs

The choice is clear. HighTech Finishing has you covered delivering a variety of finish and clear coat solutions to enhance your aircraft interior parts.

Your aviation interior parts are only as good as their long-lasting finishing touch. Don’t settle for anything less. We believe in our team, our capabilities, and our Quality Management System as we continue to facilitate luxurious interiors for our aviation customers.

Let us show you how we can exceed your expectations. Contact us today to discuss how we can support your aviation interior plating needs. We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net.

2020 in Review: Continuing to Lead the Way in Aviation Interior Parts Plating

HighTech Finishing thanks our customers for being part of our success story in 2020 providing aircraft interior parts plating

Being in business since 1984, HighTech Finishing has seen its share of dramatic twists and turns in the aviation industry. But, nothing quite compares to what we all went through together in 2020.

Through this extremely challenging year, we appreciate that we were able to fortify relationships with our valued customers. Whether we have provided you with aviation interior plating for decades or just started working together in 2020, we are incredibly appreciative of your continued business.

We are also proud that our facility in Houston, Texas, remained open throughout this year’s pandemic. Because of our dedicated health and safety measures, we were able to meet your latest needs, introduce new services, and continue to elevate our provision of aircraft interior plating services.

As we finish 2020 and look ahead to what’s in store for 2021, we believe it’s important to share our successes as we continue to build on our history leading the way in aviation interior plating.

HighTech Finishing Successes in 2020

In addition to remaining open and operable throughout the pandemic, we achieved other successes that we are proud to share with you.

– Named Supplier of the Year by Rosen Aviation. At the beginning of 2020, we were honored to be recognized by Rosen Aviation as their 2019 Supplier of the Year for our consistent delivery of high-quality plated parts.

Rosen reported zero defects and zero delays receiving parts that we plated at our shop. In total for the year, we delivered 174 parts to Rosen — all with 100 percent quality completion. This was truly a team award reflecting our exceptional teamwork and strong coordination between teams.

– Completed ISO9001/AS9100 Audit with no findings. Earlier this year, we completed our annual ISO9001/AS9100 surveillance audit with zero findings. This year’s audit was performed virtually due to the pandemic, which meant we needed to coordinate the audit in a completely new way. Our company was prepared.

We are proud of each team’s ability to do their part to help us meet every requirement of the audit. The end result was confirmation that our Quality Management System (QMS) meets all ISO9001 and AS9100 requirements.

– Introduced new Technical Field Representative role. In 2020, we elevated William Gonzalez to a new position that is the first of its kind in our industry. As our Technical Field Rep, William is responsible for visiting customers to validate satisfaction with plated parts.

William is fully capable of resolving any issues on the spot to ensure that each plated part fits exactly to spec and helps elevate the interior look and feel of the aircraft. We added this role after listening to our customers and then crafting an innovative way to perform on-site reviews of operational aspects.

Excited to Elevate Your Aircraft Interior in 2021

Throughout this year’s pandemic, we appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with our customers on a case-by-case basis to provide the plating services you needed during this unprecedented period of change.

We look forward to continuing our efforts to introduce new ways of helping our customers in 2021. That’s why we want to hear from you. What services do you need? How we can further help elevate your aircraft interior?

We have the capabilities, teamwork, and technical expertise to help business jet owners, MRO facilities, vendors, suppliers, and aircraft interior designers meet your specific needs in the post-pandemic environment.

Give us a call today to find a plating solution for aircraft interior parts. Reach us toll-free at 800-949-0124 or locally in Houston at 713-666-0550. We look forward to strengthening our relationships with you in 2021 and beyond.

Ready to Select Metal Finishing for Your Aircraft Interior Parts?

Aircraft interior part that has been plated by HighTech Finishing in Houston, Texas -- capable of expediting metal finishing for aircraft interior parts

Whether you’re a private jet owner or operate a fleet of aircraft, having the best interior parts can make a world of difference to create the ideal look and feel for the aircraft.

We know that it can be challenging to find a reliable company to plate your aircraft interior parts, especially when facing a tight deadline. Fortunately, HighTech Finishing has the experience, expertise, and equipment to meet your timeline.

No matter what size, shape, or type of parts you need to be plated, we can supply the metal finishing. Consider the following reasons why HighTech Finishing should be your first call to schedule service and get your aircraft back in the air.

5 Points of Service: On-time Delivery of Truly Superior Metal Finishing

Consider how we lead the way in the aviation interior plating industry by providing the highest-quality plating for each customer order.

1. No COVID-19 Disruption

In the time since the coronavirus pandemic reached America in the first quarter, many companies and industries have experienced wholesale disruptions. But, at HighTech, we did not let COVID-19 slow us down.

We implemented high-quality health and safety measures to ensure that we could safely fulfill orders at our standard capacity. We are proud to report that our facility in Houston, Texas, has remained open throughout the entire pandemic. When you’re looking for expedited metal finishing service, we can readily accommodate your needs at our state-of-the-art facility.

2. Our 50-Point Quality-Control Process

We stand behind our work on every part that goes through our plating process. The driving force is our rigorous standards for quality control. We follow a certified 50-point decorative plating process to ensure that every piece that comes off the line is as durable and reliable as possible to meet your needs.

Our quality control process includes:

  • Multiple Inspection Points. We pay attention to every detail with meticulous precision. If the part isn’t ready, we don’t stop until it’s up to our standards.
  • Fit & Function. To ensure dependability, we test each part for proper operation before delivery.
  • Expert Polishing. Our parts are not only functional, but they are beautiful. We polish each part multiple times to create a pristine look before it’s placed back into your aircraft interior. We can also add paint to make interior parts shine even brighter.

3. Patented Customization

For private jet or business jet owners, part of the appeal of owning a personal aircraft is that you can customize the interior look to match your vision. Custom finishes ensure that your aircraft is a work of art and becomes part of your identity.

We have the equipment to customize all plating to your specifications. Best of all, you don’t have to have a schematic upfront. We can work with you to determine which parts you want to enhance and then work together to draft ideas. From there, you can choose the metal finish that fits your style. Don’t settle for an ordinary look; let us make your plane unique and exciting by applying custom finishes to your interior parts.

4. Expedited Service

As a fleet operator or business owner, you can’t afford costly and time-consuming delays. That’s why we have the tools and expertise to ensure that you receive your order as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality.

Additionally, we can deliver parts for both small and large orders. Whether you need plating service for just a few interior parts or hundreds for your fleet, we can scale production as necessary to ensure on-time delivery.

5. Proven Results

The aviation industry rightfully follows some of the strictest standards in the world. As a jet owner or operator, you should have peace of mind about the quality of plated parts that are placed back inside your aircraft. At HighTech, we back our service with our ISO9001/AS9100 certification.

We are proud that our Quality Management System (QMS) meets all ISO9001 and AS9100 requirements. We guarantee the quality of each metal part that we plate, and the part won’t leave our facility until it meets our standards.

Contact HighTech Today For Expedited Metal Finishing

Don’t settle for interior aircraft parts that are “just good enough.” You can achieve the desired look to bring your vision to life. Our interior parts plating service will meet your timeline and exceed your expectations.

Contact us today to expedite metal finishing of your aircraft interior parts. We can be reached toll-free at 800-949-0124 or by email at info@htf.net.