From Equator to Pole
Kraft paper used in the production of cement bags has to be ready to withstand a range of operating environments – from hot and humid weather conditions to cold, dry surroundings at higher latitudes. After the successful implementation of Mondi’s Advantage Select sack kraft paper in the two-ply cement bags used in Asia and Africa, the company was ready to tackle a challenge at the other end of the climatic spectrum: the inhospitable Antarctic environment. By Mondi Kraft Paper, Austria.
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and driest place on earth. It has a desert climate, air humidity near zero and almost never receives rain. The average annual temperature is -47°C, but temperatures as low as -89.2°C have been recorded. In short, it is one of the most inhospitable places to visit on earth.
The prime focus of life in Antarctica is scientific research. The population is transient, consisting of scientists and their networks of support who live in research stations across the continent. Therefore, cement is needed to construct, maintain and expand such facilities.