Making good even better
It is difficult to imagine life today without thermoplastics. They offer many advantages and some of these are listed below:
- A good energy balance sheet
- Low weight
- Maximum freedom in design
- Easy processing
Our approach is to further enhance the good properties of polymeric materials through modification with additives and reinforcing agents.
LUVOCOM® compounds for top technical achievements
More efficient, more cost-effective, smaller – compounds extend the range of applications for plastics. The efficiency of components and hence of end products can be selectively increased. Our LUVOCOM® business unit specializes in thermoplastic high-performance compounds, which allow precisely tuned material properties for a wide range of technical applications. With more than 30 years of experience in tailor-made compounds, LUVOCOM® is your partner with advice and support in applications technology, from engineering design through to production.
Extensive selection of raw materials
A wide range of polymers and additives are in demand depending on the field of application. LUVOCOM® offers you practically the entire spectrum of standard, engineering and high-temperature thermoplastics. This means that your component development does not have to accept any compromises and is able to achieve its targets.
Many applications require materials with high tensile strengths. At the same time, these materials have to be light – particularly in the case of components subject to a dynamic load. Often low thermal expansion, dimensional accuracy and long-term dimensional stability are required for replacing metals. In many cases, carbon-fibre reinforced LUVOCOM®-compounds meet these demands – and they are also electrically conductive. They give the design engineer a chance to deploy lighter and generally more economical injection moulded plastic parts.
For especially high temperatures of up to 260 °C we supply high-performance compounds based on various polymers. Depending on the polymer used in each case, even high temperatures do not present any problems. Typical applications include mechanical engineering, medical technology and parts subject to high stresses for the engine compartment and drive train in the automotive sector.
Tribologically adjusted LUVOCOM® materials have deposits of lubricant, thus eliminating the need for the expensive and time-consuming work of additional surface lubrication. Lubricant-modified components and assemblies remain clean while long-term performance and reliability are significantly improved.
Conductive LUVOCOM®-materials have decisive advantages over metals or coatings: they offer a great degree of freedom in design; the finished parts have a lower weight, are easier and more cost-effective to manufacture and are also tougher.
Plastics are poor heat conductors. The thermal conductivity in standard materials lies between 0.1 and 0.4 W/mK. By using special additives – generally mineral-based – LUVOCOM®-materials from this product group achieve significantly higher values of up to more than 40 W/mK. Through our special expertise in compounding, we provide you with precisely the material you need to meet your requirements. Electrically conductive and electrically insulating products are also available.
Detectable LUVOCOM® high-performance compounds offer a broad range of tailor-made solutions for these special requirements. All the versions supplied are easy to process and are characterized by the attractive surface of the finished components. Segregation of the additives is ruled out. Pigmentations are possible in numerous colour shades.
Under the LUVOCOM® P brand and LUVOSINT brand, we supply you with thermoplastic materials in powder form. Here, too, speciality products are involved; modified thermoplastics with particle sizes below 100 micrometres. The fine powders are used in various applications. Examples include electrostatic powder coating of metals and laser sintering for the generative production of plastic parts.
|1983||Acquisition of a production licence from Wilson Fiberfil (now DSM), Evansville. Registration of the LUVOCOM® trademark|
|1985||LUVOCOM® 1105/CF/10/GR/10/TF/10 – one of the first tribological compounds worldwide based on PEEK|
|2000||Acquisition of DSM’s special compounds business in Europe|
|2001||Development of PTFE-free tribological nanocompounds with high wear resistance|
|2004||Acquisition of DSM’s special compounds business in the USA|
|2005||Development of LUVOCOM® XCF technology for high-strength and extremely impact-resistant carbon fibre compounds. More than 1,300 formulations|
|2008||Development of a new generation of detectable compounds|
|2012||Market launch of LUVOSINT® and LUVOCOM® P. Powders for 3D laser sintering and electrostatic coating|
|2013||Foundation of LEHVOSS North America, LLC|
|2014||Foundation of LEHVOSS (Shanghai) Chemical Trading Co.Ltd.|
|2015||Foundation of LEHVOSS Korea. More than 2,500 formulations|
We are represented around the world. To help us react better to individual client and market requirements as well as to shorten supply routes and processing times, we produce on three continents. Apart from our head office in Hamburg, we also have production facilities in the USA and in China (from mid of 2016). Our local market development staff provide on-site support.