New appointment at HighTech Finishing


Aircraft interior plating specialist HighTech Finishing has a new national sales manager, Amanda Gilley Taylor. She has extensive experience as a customer sales executive for companies in the aircraft interiors industry.

“There is so much potential in the aviation industry right now and we have a great team at HighTech to capitalise on those opportunities,” said Gilley Taylor. “Decorative plating is the crown jewel of an aircraft’s interior scheme, but it often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. I look forward to supporting our current customers and leveraging my professional relationships in the industry to create new, long-lasting customer accounts.”

Under Gilley Taylor’s direction, HighTech will be expanding into new customer markets. Utilising the company’s trusted brand recognition in the aviation industry, Gilley Taylor will support North American expansion into OEMs and refurbishment centres. She will also support global expansion efforts reaching into the European and Middle Eastern business aviation markets. There are additional opportunities to support charter companies and seek out partnerships with fractional and management companies.

“Amanda is the ideal fit to take on the role of national sales manager because of her experience in the aviation industry and her track record of customer success in previous roles,” said Rick Niefield, vice president of sales and marketing. “Her enthusiasm and passion for the aviation industry coupled with her commitment to our company’s core values of integrity and customer relationships is the winning combination we were looking for to support our growth objectives.”

Prior to joining HighTech, Amanda represented veneer and custom carpet companies that provided products for aviation interiors. She also supported a start-up company in the mid-2000s, where she started to build key relationships in the industry.

“I am a product junkie, and decorative plating will be no exception,” said Gilley Taylor. “I am thrilled that my relationships in the industry led me to this family at HighTech. I have seen some incredible facilities during my career, including logging and slicing veneer overseas, several different carpet mills with their unique intricacies, and now this delicate art of decorative plating. However, my favourite experiences will always lie with my customer interactions. In my perspective, when I save my customers’ projects by offering solutions to problems or obstacles, that’s when everyone wins.”

HighTech offers a comprehensive array of plating solutions, including a selection of more than 130 decorative metal plating finishes for metal parts. The company holds certifications and designations including FAA CRS Q9HR088B, ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016.

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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