Germany's Lehmann & Voss & Co. (Hamburg) and its North American affiliate Lehvoss North America (Pawcatuck, CT) have debuted a series of high performance compounds based on polyketone (PK). The Luvocom 70 series is said to fill the gap between compounds based on technical polymers like PA6, PA66, and polyacetal (POM) and high performance polymers such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI), and polyaryletherketone (PAEK).
"The introduction is actually a re-launch," explained Michael Sandeen, Sales and Business Development Manager at Lehvoss. "Various Luvocom 70 products had been available until the year 2000 but had to be cancelled due to Shell Chemical's discontinuation of Carilon PK polymer production. With the polymer now available, Lehvoss decided to start the development of these new high performance compounds because of their unique and outstanding properties."