Project Ivortec


Ivortec - Cleantech Development

Ivortech is a project of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany 

Ivortec develops and produces synthetic ivory through a patented, proven manufacturing process. This new material is non-allergenic and environment-friendly and is produced from existing raw materials that are bio-degradable

The first concert grand piano using this ivory was presented and played at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart on the 16th July 2019


Replacing Plastic Materials

Musical Instruments

Pianos, violin bows, guitars and many others

Functional - Skin Contact

Cutlery/knife handles, writing instruments, jewellery


Innenaustattung, Automobile, Yacht, Flugzeug


The new material absorbs moisture as with natural ivory


2019 - 2021

The event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute, featuring the first Sauter grand piano fitted with Ivortec synthetic ivory keytops 


July 2019 the project for the further development starts
August 2019 – Serial production – the key tops are in use and further products are on their way
January 2021 further development for additional applications begins
July 2021 - January 2022
Humboldt Forum Berlin Exhibition - Terrible Beauty

Test Robot


Die Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur ist heute der älteste noch aktive Hersteller von Klavieren und Flügeln weltweit. Ab 2022 werden Sauter Flügel mit Ivortec Tastenbelägen verfügbar

200 Years Sauter