Amcor Packaging Technology Heads To the South Pole

A teenage explorer seeking to surpass a number of world records on a trip to Antarctica will be relying on Amcor bag technology commonly used for packaging medical kits, trays, and surgical gowns.
Explorer and climate campaigner Parker Liautaud will carry provisions in Amcor Duratear bags in the 2013 Willis Resilience Expedition, for which Amcor is one of the sponsors.
Liautaud will use the bags--which feature high puncture and abrasion resistance--to store and protect food on the expedition.
“The packaging we’ve designed for Parker uses Amcor’s innovative Duratear technology that offers many unique physical properties compared to ordinary plastic packaging. Typically used for medical kits, Duratear enables us to create a super tough bag that will endure the extreme Antarctic conditions and the incredibly rough journey,” said Bob Biasi, Amcor Flexibles vice president research & development.
“Parker’s food will be safely stored in an Amcor bag that won’t puncture, will stay flexible in sub-zero temperatures, won’t split on high impact, and will withstand all the rigours of the 640km (397 mile) trek,” Biasi added.
Part of the packaging solution includes a clip sourced by Amcor that attaches to the bag to provide a re-sealable opening feature. With this feature, Parker will be able to easily open and close the bag while wearing four pairs of gloves, thus minimizing skin exposure and significantly reducing his risk of frostbite.
The young explorer is attempting to create two world records including becoming the fastest and the youngest person to make the journey. During the expedition, he will also be conducting environmental research on the impact of climate change.
On an average day, Parker will be on the move for around twelve hours, stopping every 1.5 hours for very short six to eight minute high-calorie snack breaks, Amcor described in a press release.
“On previous expeditions, we’ve used plastic bags which are basically designed for school lunch boxes. Trekking through extreme wind and cold, while constantly hungry, it’s truly a depressing moment to watch your food bag split open and cashews spill everywhere,” Mr. Liautaud said.
 “The food packaging is one of the most important elements of a safe and successful expedition. It has implications for our safety on the ice and our mental state. The gear we need—from clothing, to equipment, to food packaging—needs to be able to keep up with us as we push the boundaries of what is possible.”
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.
Departing on December 3, 2013, Parker will have 22 days to cover the 640kms (397 miles) distance from the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole. Travelling on skis and towing an 82kg pulk (sled),  he will need to average approximately 30kms (18 miles) to beat the current World Record, against temperatures between -30 oC and -60 oC.  During the expedition, he will conduct environmental research including collecting snow samples in order to test the isotopic composition of the Antarctic snow at various depths. He will also test a lightweight weather station for the first time in Antarctica, which will relay meteorological data every 30 minutes.
For more information on the Resilience Expedition, visit:
Key features of the Duratear bag include:
• The use of metallocene resins and a blown film process which maximizes  impact strength and puncture resistance.
• While strong, the packaging is still lightweight.
• 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.
• Good clarity, so the contents of the bag are easily viewed.
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