Testimonial Almost every proposal we have written together with accelopment has passed the critical threshold. This is quality plus devotion.
Dr. Munish Chanana
TEEWood Project Coordinator, RETWood Project Coordinator
Swiss Wood Solutions AG, Switzerland

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Replacing Endangered Tropical Woods in Musical Instruments

RETWood aims to replace endangered tropical woods in musical instruments with an innovative technical wood material (Sonowood) derived from domestic European wood species. Tropical woods are used for key components of bowed string instruments like violins, cellos, etc. Replacing the tropical wood with material derived from domestic sustainably managed forests has a huge positive benefit for the environment, while at the same time solving pressing problems of the instrument manufacturers and the musicians and also offering a significant commercial opportunity.

Our novel material Sonowood, in its Spruce and Maple variations, has proven to meet all necessary requirements, but in order to penetrate the market of musical instruments with Sonowood, it is crucial to be able to produce fully finished or semi-finished components in many other varieties (wood species) to be in line with prevailing market standards. A focused R&D effort is required to produce Sonowood out of other wood species and more importantly, upscale from the current single-piece production by hand to an automated machining process while maintaining quality.

Swiss Wood Solutions AG, CH


Funded Project

AreaLife Sciences
Duration01.08.2017 - 31.07.2020
Budget1.09 million euro

Strategic Grant Planning (SGP)

We will support you in identifying the best funding scheme for your idea and in planning your grant applications for the upcoming years. We have expertise from the Horizon 2020 programme, including MSCA ITNs, FET OPEN, EIC accelerator (formerly SME instrument) to Eurostar and national funding. SGP is individualised and based on your needs. You will interact with one of our experts via online and a half- or full-day face-to-face meetings.



I am passionate about collaborating with researchers and transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. Their gratefulness is what drives me to do an outstanding job.

Dr. Johannes Ripperger
Research & Innovation Manager