Dr. David Hodgson Appointed as Chief Technology Officer at James Cropper’s Technical Fibre Products Pioneering Advanced Materials Growth

By April 2, 2024 5   min read  (971 words)

April 2, 2024 |

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TFP Hydrogen Products has today announced the appointment of Dr. David Hodgson as Chief Technology Officer at Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP), a leading manufacturer of advanced materials for composites and future energy applications. In this role, Dr. Hodgson will lead the global Advanced Materials Innovation Group, which encompasses TFP Hydrogen, partnering with the TFP leadership team to realise the company’s ambitious innovation and growth strategies.  


Steve Adams, CEO of the James Cropper Group comments that “the strategic appointment of David as our CTO comes at a pivotal time in the company’s growth journey. This newly created role will bring together our R&D and technical functions under a central leader, fostering collaboration and utilising the strengths of our global teams. It 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.”

Dr. Hodgson 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.  Under his leadership, TFP Hydrogen, which focuses on delivering efficient solutions to PEM electrolyser manufacturers, developed a range of new cutting-edge solutions for water electrolysis. His appointment to CTO underscores TFP’s commitment to innovation and the development of transformative technology in both future energy and composites.

A distinguished leader in industrial electrochemistry, Dr. Hodgson has successfully developed and commercialised a number of electrochemical technologies, including advanced coatings and catalysts for water electrolysers and the chlor-alkali industry. With over 30 years in applied electrochemistry, his expertise spans electrolysis, flow batteries, molten salt electrochemistry, fuel cells and water treatment.

In 2022 Dr. Hodgson 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 & water electrolysis.


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About TFP Hydrogen

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) produce advanced materials that make a difference, enabling world class innovators in the development of solutions for a cleaner, greener and safer world.

Part of James Cropper PLC, TFP is a global business, with sites in the UK and USA and a worldwide sales and support network. TFP’s materials provide solutions across a wide range of markets such as aerospace, defence, automotive and construction, as well as in renewable energy, where there is a strong focus on enabling green technologies, such as fuel cells, green hydrogen generation, wind energy and electric vehicles.

Growth in the renewable energy sector and the hydrogen economy is of strategic importance in TFP’s vision to enable a cleaner, greener future.  In the next 5 years the aim is for the majority of sales to come from applications that support the Global drive to net zero carbon emissions, enabling the energy transition.  TFP specialises in enabling our customers to develop market leading solutions, in areas such as PEM water electrolysis, hydrogen fuel cells, wind energy and carbon capture. To facilitate this, the company has strengthened our offering in the rapidly growing Hydrogen sector with the acquisition of TFP Hydrogen Products in 2021. TFP Hydrogen produces coated components for PEM water electrolysis which reduce the cost of producing Green Hydrogen, a critical part of the global transition to sustainable energy. In addition, TFP’s materials not only reduce the cost of hydrogen generation, they also facilitate it’s use as our nonwovens are used as Gas Diffusion Layer (GDL) substrate in many of the world’s hydrogen fuel cells.

TFP pride ourselves on being the experts in our field; developing and manufacturing high quality, specialised materials that can be designed to meet a customer’s specific needs. Our portfolio includes high performance nonwovens, coatings and catalysts, all of which are designed to add value by increasing performance, system efficiency, durability, adding functionality or aiding fabrication.


To find out more about TFP and TFP Hydrogen Products, our materials and how they make a difference, please visit: and


Reducing the lifetime cost of green hydrogen production

TFP Hydrogen’s industry leading coating technology is fully optimised coatings for components used in PEM water electrolysis and addresses key materials challenges in catalysis and corrosion resistance across PEM electrolyzer technologies by increasing the performance, efficiency and durability of the systems, which ultimately reduces the long-term cost of green hydrogen generation.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Earthshot Initiative aims to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. The first Energy Earthshot, launched June 7, 2021—Hydrogen Shot—seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade (“1 1 1“), an ambition in which TFP Hydrogen’s materials enable PEM Electrolyzers to meet.

current capability in anode catalysts and corrosion resistant coatings for PEM water electrolyzers, cathode catalysts for alkaline water electrolyzers as well as some of our developing projects, including the recycling of titanium components using in PEM water electrolyzers, reducing the cost of green hydrogen by maintaining the $1/ kilo throughout the electrolyser lifespan.


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