We are a team of specialists working at the forefront of innovative coating technology.
Cirrus designs novel coatings technologies for global manufacturers who need innovative, tough, and sustainable surface finishing chemistries for high performance components and harsh environments.
Our customers are the early-adopters and major leaders in their respective industries, motivated to meet challenges of performance, cost, and/or safety head on and with the resources and ability to support new technologies. For these customers, Cirrus will design and supply a solution from our platform of novel coating chemistries directly into the product development process.
The Cirrus business model
Latest Materials IP
Cirrus develops IP inhouse as well as identifies and engages IP from research institutions. With our market connections and commercialisation expertise, we bridge the gap between lab and industry.
Early technology access
Uniquely we transfer technology early through an engagement structure that seamlessly integrates with our customers’ product development. Our ‘asset light, weightless export’ business model extends New Zealand know-how globally.
Deep customer relationships
We like to take on serious challenges, where customers need our tech to solve major performance, innovation, or cost issues. We then provide exclusivity to lock in advantage for our customers.
Glen is an early-stage venture specialist with a track record of building high performance technical teams that are deeply engaged with market and customer needs.
Glen has experience building early-stage complex technology relationships with major corporate clients, establishing a pipeline of sales opportunities into new markets and industry segments.Close
Andy is an experienced business development executive and senior PE and VC manager with 25 years experience.
Formerly Group General Manager for Renewables at Solid Energy, and Managing Director of Nature’s Flame, he built a new technology corporate venture into a $50m revenue contributor.
Andy was an Energy & Infrastructure investment executive at PE firm HRL Morrison & Co.Close
Chris is an innovation leader and IP strategist with over 30 years executive experience across a range of deep technology ventures and global corporate R&D.
An inventor on 46 patents and applications, Chris has managed numerous early-stage technology and international scale-up projects to a conclusion.
Chris also coordinates an extensive R&D programme across industry and research institutions in NZ, Australia and the USA.Close
Margaret is a Professor of Chemical and Materials and a world-leading materials engineer and research leader.
Formerly launch director of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge; and Chief Science Advisor to The NZ Government Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
In 2018, Margaret took up her current role as Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of WellingtonClose
Peter has deep experience with high growth companies in US and NZ on innovation, intellectual property and business strategy.
Peter is currently Adjunct Professor at the Auckland University Business School.
Peter spent 30 years of his career in the US including 15 years as Vice President of Corporate R&D for International Paper Company, with its global research centre in New York.
Peter holds the position of New Zealand's Chief Defence Technologist and the Thompson medal from the Royal Society for his contributions to the commercialisation of science in New Zealand.Close
Mike has particular expertise in commercial strategy and major contract negotiations. His 30-year career in Asia-Pacific has focused on opening new markets, clean energy, and technology start-ups.
Mike Ashburn co-founded Clearworld Energy in Beijing in 2004, to focus on delivering clean energy for China. As Executive Director, he oversees the company’s investments as well as serving as an independent director to a number of start-up companies and acting as mentor to entrepreneurs and technologists at Singapore universities.Close