Amcor Packaging Sponsors Expedition to the South Pole
Global packaging leader Amcor, today announces its sponsorship of the 2013 Willis Resilience Expedition, providing state-of-the-art packaging used by teenage explorer and climate campaigner Parker Liautaud on his quest to break world records while trekking from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole.
Nineteen year old Parker is attempting to create two world records including becoming the fastest and the youngest person to make the journey. During the expedition, Parker will also be conducting environmental research on the impact of climate change.
The packaging designed for Parker uses Amcor's state-of-the-art Duratear technology developed in 2006. Today it is widely used by medical device companies to safely package surgical kits and equipment – from eye kits to cardiac surgery packs. The technology uses metallocene resins and a blown film process which maximizes the impact strength and puncture resistance of the packaging. This strength will ensure the food contained in the packaging will be protected throughout the tough conditions, such as being bounced around on the sled or being dropped. While strong, the packaging is still lightweight, which minimises the burden on Parker who is hauling his food and equipment on a sled for an average 18 miles (30km) a day. Crucially, the packaging maintains flexibility at low temperatures of up to -60°C; this means the packaging won’t stiffen and split in the extreme Antarctic temperatures.
Part of the packaging solution includes a clip sourced by Amcor that attaches to the bag and provides a re-sealable opening feature. This enables Parker to easily open and close the bag while wearing four pairs of gloves, minimising skin exposure and significantly reducing his risk of frostbite.
Parker’s expedition can be watched live at Resilience Expedition , as each step will be broadcast live using a custom-designed vehicle that will remain separated from Parker except for voice radio and telemetry transmissions.
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