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What’s Got Us Talking 3rd December 2021

The latest news from across the industry that ‘got us talking’

Welcome to this weeks round-up of ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine and industrial sectors.

Teesside Freeport open for business

Teesside Freeport has begun operations putting the region at the forefront of green energy, manufacturing, and innovation.

It is estimated that the freeport will create more than 18,000 new highly skilled jobs and generate £3.2 billion for the local community over 5 years (1). It will have access to a share of £200 million of government funding to support the region’s levelling up ambitions and become the UK’s clean energy powerhouse.

Lunaz to electrify commercial vehicle fleets in UK

Vehicle electrification firm Lunaz will build and open a remanufacturing facility in the UK to install zero-emissions powertrains into commercial vehicles, reducing waste and upcycling existing fleets. 

As informed, the report provides insights into how removing two frigate hulls can lead to increased frigate availability. Following the House of Commons Defence Committee (HCDC) background briefing session in July and the HCDC session with the Minister for Defence Procurement on 2 November, Radakin decided to comment on ship availability more generally.

UK to retire two Type 23 frigates saving £100M to boost future fleet

The Royal Navy will retire two Type 23 frigates, HMS Monmouth and HMS Montrose, in July 2021 and July 2023 respectively, saving around £100 million ($133 million), according to written evidence submitted by Admiral Tony Radakin to the Defence Select Commitee, UK.

JCB awarded Dewar Trophy by RAC for hydrogen-fuelled engine

JCB has been awarded one of the RAC’s most prestigious awards for the development of its ABH2 hydrogen-fuelled engine.

The British company won the Dewar Trophy, which is presented in recognition of “an outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive field”, for the third time. 


A hydrogen fuel cell Toyota car has joined JCB’s fleet as the digger giant invests £100m in its own hydrogen engine technology.

The vehicle is among the first batch of Toyota’s second-generation hydrogen-fuelled cars to arrive in the UK since its launch earlier this year.

JCB’s purchase of the Toyota Mirai comes as the company invests £100m in the development of super-efficient hydrogen engines to power its equipment.