Founded by brothers William and Robert Alexander, ACPI is an engineering design and development company with a successful track record of technology innovation.
William Alexander PhD
Bill is a Director and co-founder of ACPI and Director of Alexander Design, an engineering design consultancy. He has successfully undertaken a variety of assignments involving a high degree of technical expertise and innovation. Bill has a broad scientific, technical and commercial background across a number of industrial sectors, with particular experience in high voltage power electronics. He has a degree in Physics, a masters in the Molecular theory of Material Science and an engineering doctorate. He is the author of a number of reports/papers, has been a member and representative of a UK Government research group, a Department of Trade and Industry SMART (Innovation) Award Winner (1998) – Heat Transfer, and is the inventor of the FASTT conveyor technology and other innovations.
Robert Alexander PhD
Robert is a Director and co founder of ACPI and two other companies. His commercial experience has predominantly been in the healthcare/biotech industries with a focus on corporate strategy and business development. He has successfully managed an independent healthcare consultancy and played an active role in a number of acquisitions/privatisations, involving due diligence and post acquisition integrations. He has been a Special Advisor to UK Government and the Independent Sector, the Head of Research and Development and IP Policy for the UK Government Department of Health, a Department of Trade and Industry SMART Award Winner (1998) – High Voltage Insulators, a Venture Capital Consultant, a Sales and Marketing Executive for a US Biomedical company and Visiting Research Scientist Los Alamos National Laboratory.
ACPI was founded in 1998 by its directors Dr William Alexander and Dr Robert Alexander as an engineering design and development company. Each director has a broad scientific, technical and commercial background across a number of industrial sectors. The directors were each awarded a competitive UK Government (Department of Trade and Industry) SMART Innovation Award that helped fund the development of two distinct research and development projects. One examined novel designs for advanced composite high voltage post insulators for electricity utility grid applications and the other examined the feasibility of a new heat transfer technology.
ACPI's insulator research resulted in the supply of 250KV insulators used for supporting the core thyristor valves in a back to back HVDC convertor station in Northern India. It also resulted in a contract for the supply of its insulators for a high voltage test facility in Stafford. These contracts involved the design, prototyping, type testing (electrical and mechanical) and production of the insulators, and included the development of a novel high strength metal to composite jointing technique. ACPI presented its success at an international World Congress in Shanghai in 2000.
The outcome of the novel heat transfer technology SMART award and potential commercial opportunities for the technology provided sufficient impetus for the company to continue funding this area of research and development. This work has been independently funded by its directors and has demonstrated the significance of the FASTT technology and its application across many global industrial markets.