History

ArcActive was formed in 2007 to develop commercial opportunities of Assoc Prof John Abrahamson's invention: a continuous process for Arc-treating Carbon Fibre.  John was the first person to find and characterise Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) in the 1970’s and in 2000, he decided to develop a production process to manufacture high quality, low cost CNTs via a continuous arc process (all known arc methods use batch processes).  The product, today known as AACarbon, has many potential applications and following an extensive review of these, in 2008 it was decided to focus on developing an improved MHV battery as the primary commercial product.

With the support of private investors and the New Zealand Government, ArcActive has developed its core technology from a lab-scale, single cell electrodes to being applied in full-scale automotive batteries.  We are now working with various battery manufacturers globally to develop the technology and introduce it to the MHV market.

Partners

Our success to date is built on strong partner relationships.

ArcActive believes in the value of deep and enduring partnerships and is interested in strengthening its partner network.

We would welcome approaches from potential customers (in the automotive, stationary energy, UPS, e-bike or other markets), battery manufacturers, carbon fabric suppliers, technology research organizations or other parties interested in our technology, please contact us.

Management Team

  • ArcActive Stuart McKenzie

    Stuart McKenzie

    CEO and Managing Director

    Prior to being the CEO of ArcActive, Stuart spent ten years as a partner/director of two venture capital companies and has been involved in the development of numerous technology businesses.  He is an Innovation Board member of the NZ Ministry of Science and Innovation, a Commercialising Research Action Group member, and previously a member of the NZTE Beachhead board and a council member of the NZVCA.  Prior to being a venture capital investor, Stuart had a ten year career as a professional engineer, managing a number of major engineering projects.

  • ArcActive Prof. John Abrahamson

    Prof. John Abrahamson

    CTO

    Formerly an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Process Engineering department at Canterbury University, John was the first person to find and characterise Carbon Nano Tubes (“CNTs”) in the 1970’s.  In 2000, John developed a production process to manufacture high quality, low cost CNT’s via a continuous process (all known methods use batch processes), and this process is the base process technology for ArcActive’s negative electrode.  John has had two papers published in Nature, and was the Editor of a Royal Society book on Ball Lightning.

  • ArcActive Hassan Wong

    Hassan Wong

    CFO / COO

    Hassan has over 20 years experience in corporate finance, strategy and company accounting and administration.  After eight years in corporate advisory roles for Credit Suisse First Boston and its affiliates, more recently Hassan has undertaken senior management roles in both established international and start-up technology companies.


  • ArcActive Shane Christie

    Shane Christie

    Testing & Development Manager

    Shane is responsible for managing ArcActive’s R&D programme. Shane graduated with a B.Eng (hons) from the University of Canterbury as a Chemical Engineer, and has been with ArcActive since the company made its first electrode.

Board of Directors

  • ArcActive Bruce Munro

    Bruce Munro

    Chairman

    Extensive start-up and company turn-around experience.

    CEO of Flexidrill Limited, Chairman of Power Farming Holdings Limited, and Deputy Chairman of the Gallagher Group Limited.

    Ex-chairman of the New Zealand Wool Board and WRONZ (among other organisations) and previously held roles in Alliance Textiles (CEO), Hellaby Holdings (Executive Director), and Penfolds Wines NZ (General Manager).

  • ArcActive Mike Chisholm

    Mike Chisholm

    Director

    Mike has founded, led and sold two highly successful SAAS IT businesses from New Zealand, and is a director of a number of technology based start-ups.

  • ArcActive Steve Tucker

    Steve Tucker

    Director

    Steve is the Deputy CEO and Director of Gallagher Group Limited.


  • ArcActive Brendan McNeill

    Brendan McNeill

    Director

    Forty years experience in ICT holding various Engineering, Sales and Management positions with Control Data Corporation, Data General Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation. Founding CEO, Director and Chairman of the Digiweb Group of companies.

    Managing Director of AXiiON Investments, and Chairman of Orphans Aid International.

  • ArcActive Tur Borren

    Tur Borren

    Director

    CEO, Demi Holdings Limited.

    Extensive start-up and company turn-around experience.  Chair and Director of numerous industrial companies associated with Demi Holdings.  Previous CEO of Hellaby Holdings Limited and member of 1976 Olympic gold-medal winning New Zealand hockey team.