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What’s Got Us Talking 4th November 2022

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

Take a look at our bi-weekly news round-up of what’s got the team talking, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine, industrial and off-highway sectors.


Bauma Innovation Award for Liebherr R 9XX H2

Liebherr’s first excavator powered by hydrogen wins award in climate protection category

THE first Liebherr hydraulic excavator to be powered by a hydrogen engine, the prototype R 9XX H2, has won the 2022 Bauma Innovation Award in the climate protection category.

Working on alternative drive solutions, Liebherr are taking a technology-neutral approach with hydrogen combustion engines being just one of the technologies the Group is exploring.


UK manufacturers plan to invest in skills, machinery and r&d

Six out of ten UK manufacturers are planning to invest more over the coming two years, with 69% planning to boost their investment in skills, 55% planning capital expenditure on plant and machinery, an 40% planning to spend money on R&D, according to a survey by the manufacturers’ association, Make UK and the accountancy firm, RSM UK.

The survey also reveal that net-zero is a priority for many companies, with almost two-thirds of those surveyed (62%) planning to increase investment in capital projects to cut carbon emissions, while more than half (55%) want to improve their processes, and 43% are planning to increase their spending on low-carbon technologies.

China: Lithium batteries may soon power ‘world’s largest fleet’ of submarines

With an estimated 60 to 70 vessels, China allegedly possesses the largest fleet of conventional submarines in the world.

The Chinese Navy could finally use lithium technology to replace the lead-acid batteries that are now used in its fleet of conventional submarines.

Lithium-ion batteries could soon power China’s massive fleet of conventional submarines due to advancements in the nation’s globally dominant electric car industry, according to a study by China’s Navy, reported on Saturday by South China Morning Post (SCMP).