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New chief technology officer for James Cropper technical fibre products division

James Cropper has announced Dr David Hodgson as chief technology officer of its Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) division.


Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) is a leading manufacturer of advanced materials for composites and future energy applications. Dr David Hodgson will lead the global advanced materials innovation group, partnering with the TFP leadership team to realise the company’s ambitious innovation and growth strategies. 


Steve Adams, CEO of the James Cropper Group, said: ‘The strategic appointment of David as our chief technology officer comes at a pivotal time in the company’s growth journey. This newly created role will bring together our research and development and technical functions under a central leader, fostering collaboration and utilising the strengths of our global teams. 


‘The appointment reinforces our steadfast commitment to innovation and ensures we have the right leadership in place to continue to pioneer new advanced materials, supercharging exciting growth opportunities in markets including aerospace and advanced air mobility (AAM), wind energy, battery, automotive and hydrogen.’


With over 30 years in applied electrochemistry, David’s expertise spans electrolysis, flow batteries, molten salt electrochemistry, fuel cells and water treatment. He brings a wealth of experience to his new position, as he transitions from founder and managing director of TFP Hydrogen, formally PV3, which he founded in 2011 and was acquired by James Cropper plc in 2021.  


In 2022, he was honoured with the Castner medal, a prestigious biennial award which is presented by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Electrochemical Technology group to those considered to be authorities in applied electrochemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has played a pivotal role in the hydrogen industry, managing a portfolio career since 2009, including advisory roles and collaboration with the Department for International Trade, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the UK energy sector. He also serves as a visiting professor at Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, identifying new technology advancements in the field of both fuel cell and water electrolysis.





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