New president at HighTech Finishing


HighTech Finishing has welcomed a new president, Simon Haining. The company, which specialises in metal plating for aircraft interior parts, said Haining would support its growth objectives.

Haining brings more than 15 years of experience in various fields of manufacturing, aerospace and aviation. Most recently, he was general manager of the PCC Forged Products division of Wyman-Gordon, a global aerospace manufacturing company.

Haining joins HighTech to provide business leadership and operational support to serve the company’s domestic and international business aviation customers.

“We were impressed with Simon’s global business experience and deep understanding of manufacturing processes to optimise our delivery of finished parts to customers,” said 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,” said 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.”

Haining studied physics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he grew up. After supporting university research into quantum physics, he entered the aerospace and aviation environment to apply his understanding of metallurgy and metal properties in manufacturing settings.

Haining advanced from specialising 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 HighTech, Haining 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 optimise HighTech’s manufacturing processes, navigate post-pandemic challenges for the aviation market, and support the development of new services to meet the latest customer needs.

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