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Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

ZIM Project Clarinets - Development of alternative materials for the production of woodwind instruments and instrument cases from thermally modified and polymer-impregnated European woods


The aim of the present R&D project is to develop a process for the production of composite materials which, on the one hand, can be used as a substitute material for grenadilla in woodwind instrument making and, on the other hand, can be used in the construction of high-quality and ecologically produced instrument cases by means of a few adjustments to the process parameters. The modification processes planned for this purpose are intended to combine the advantages of both modification processes by means of a combination of thermal and chemical tempering.

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Research project partners

Buffet CramponJakob Winterlermab

Buffet Crampon S.A.S.Jakob Winter GmbHStudien- und Forschungslabor für Holzmaterialien der Universität von Lorraine (France)


Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) via Central Innovation Programme for SME (ZIM)

Funding code: ZF4092212DE8

Project duration: 01.05.2019 - 31.12.2021 (extended until 28.02.2022)

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Head of project 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Pfriem (

Contact person

Tobias Bender M.Sc. (

Christoph Munk M.Sc. (