International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) Expands Global Operations to Singapore IAC Operating Aircraft-Painting Hangar at Changi Airport Since Q1 2017

Shannon, Ireland (PRWEB) September 26, 2017

International Aerospace Coatings (IAC), the world’s largest specialist aircraft painting company, today announced its expansion into Singapore Changi Airport, marking its first presence in Asia. In Q4 2016, IAC secured an agreement for a wide body hangar with a ceremony marking the occasion.

The hangar facility boasts 7,500 square meters (80,700 square feet), along with environmental controls and air handling units. IAC has been operational at the facility since January 2017 and is currently maximizing out slots for the remainder of the year. Since beginning operations, IAC has painted 21 wide body aircraft, including two (2) A380s, and 5 narrow body aircraft under the leadership of Robert Waddell, Key Account Director of Asia Pacific for IAC.

IAC CEO Niall Cunningham has been evaluating various expansion opportunities in Asia over the last year. “With our nearest locations in either Rome or California, our Asian customers must often take long-haul ferry flights to work with IAC. Even so, our inquiries from Asian operators have increased over the last several years, and it became apparent that Asia would be our next phase of business development,” says Cunningham. “Singapore is an excellent extension of our facility portfolio as IAC can offer our international carrier customers scheduling flexibility as well as broaden our core customer base.” It should be noted that IAC is in discussions regarding additional expansion plans in the region.

“IAC continues to assess the growing needs of our customer base, which include on-line locations to minimize ferrying costs, scheduling flexibility and updated facilities,” Cunningham continued. “As our company matures, we take these considerations in mind as we develop new markets.”

About International Aerospace Coatings (IAC)

International Aerospace Coatings, or IAC, comprised of three legacy companies Eirtech Aviation, Leading Edge Aviation Services and Associated Painters, has global headquarters in Shannon, Ireland with 11 state-of-the-art facilities throughout the US, Europe and now Singapore, including 8 wide body hangars. The company boasts the largest global footprint in the aircraft refinishing industry. IAC serves the commercial, military, VIP and OEM aviation markets and has worked on nearly every make and model aircraft in modern existence. Currently, IAC refinishes over 700 aircraft per year throughout its global network. For more information, visit our website at

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Contact: Robert Waddell

Phone: + 65 81264821

Email: Robert.Waddell(at)iac(dot)aero

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NERC Regulatory Compliance Expert Kristi Huffstatler Joins Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) September 26, 2017

Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance provider for NERC and FERC compliance, announced today that Kristi Huffstatler, a noted regulatory affairs and compliance expert, has joined its Office of NERC Compliance practice.

“We are pleased that Kristi Huffstatler has joined Certrec,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “She joins us at an important time in the power industry when many generators are juggling a variety of energy sources, changing technology, workforce retirements, cyber security challenges, and a dynamic NERC regulatory environment.”

“Kristi’s experience adds to our growing Certrec team. Kristi is a welcome asset to the services team with a solid understanding of regulatory affairs,” says Bob Biggs, Office of NERC Compliance Services Director.

Ms. Huffstatler has held various compliance oversight positions at Entergy Operations, Incorporated’s River Bend Nuclear Station (RBS). Most recently, Kristi was responsible for providing and managing resources to address regulatory and licensing issues in support of operation, maintenance, and refueling at RBS. Activities have included developing, submitting, and negotiating license change notices (LCN) and responses to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspection findings. Kristi was primarily responsible for day-to-day communications with the NRC’s Senior Resident Inspector and for leading RBS’s effort to prepare for and support both resident inspector inspection efforts and regional based inspections including large team inspections. Kristi is also highly experienced in Emergency Planning. Kristi has also been highly involved in the success of Regional Licensing Manager’s peer groups such as RUG IV.

“Certrec’s experienced NERC compliance team supports a variety of clients including wind, solar, fossil, and nuclear power generators. Certrec is a leader in providing regulatory services and support,” says Huffstatler. “I’m proud to be part of the Certrec team.”


Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With over 1200 cumulative years of direct industry experience (including wind, solar, nuclear, and fossil), Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), and Office of New Plant (ONP) services are used by utilities and entities across the United States to help manage the regulatory process to their advantage.

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Thailand Emerges As New Production Hub For Electric Vehicles

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) September 26, 2017

Thailand is quickly cementing its status as ASEAN’s leading electric vehicle (EV) hub and main production base after receiving new investments from leading auto manufacturers including BMW, Nissan, and Toyota. This status is further reinforced by the Thai government’s commitment to have 1.2 million electric cars on the roads in Thailand by 2036.

To help increase demand and boost the production of environmentally friendly cars in the country, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) launched new schemes to promote electric cars such as waiving tariffs for imported EVs, offering incentives for EV part manufacturing and assembly, and promoting the establishment of charging stations nationwide.

Approved tax incentives aim to promote production of three types of electric cars in Thailand including hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. Production of major parts for HEVs, BEVs, and PHEVs can lead to corporate income tax exemption for up to 8 years.

The industry’s growth was boosted further last year when the nation’s largest energy provider, PTT Pcl, signed a deal with six major automakers to start producing electric cars, including the Thailand units of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche and Volvo.

Major global companies are already taking advantage of Thailand’s capabilities in the automotive sector as it pertains to EVs. BMW Group Thailand has delivered their BMW i3 (94Ah) battery to the Thailand Automotive Institute, which has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the higher storage density of the lithium ion cells. In addition, Nissan recently announced the company’s plans to offer the LEAF electric vehicle in Thailand starting next year. The company is introducing e-power technology into Thailand’s auto market with a new system that doesn’t require external charging, instead receiving electricity from a 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre internal combustion engine that serves as an in-house generator. Toyota Motor Corporation is also investing $570 million USD to start manufacturing hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and electric vehicle developer FOMM Corporation will start assembling electric vehicles in Thailand next year.

To further aid in developing the country’s EV industry, Thailand's Energy Absolute plans to establish and operate 1,000 electric-vehicle charging stations in the country by the end of 2018, investing a projected 600-million-baht.

Another milestone in Thailand’s mission to become a major EV hub was the opening of Thailand’s first Technology and Innovation Learning Center for Electric Vehicles in July 2017. The center will be an EV technology development and learning center for entrepreneurs, government officials and general public to help generate public awareness of a sustainable future with EV technology.

About BOI

The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) is the investment promotion agency for Thailand that facilitates foreign direct investment. BOI’s services are free of charge and customized to help business succeed in Thailand. For more information, please visit and

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