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August 28, 2012

Rengo Donates Corrugated Boxes to
Antarctica Expedition Again This Year

The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE), which is dispatched to conduct observations in Antarctica in fields including astronomy, upper atmosphere physics, meteorology, geology, and biology, is currently making preparations to depart for Antarctica again this year. This year marks the 54th JARE (Expedition Leader: Kentaro Watanabe), which is composed of 65 team members and approximately 30 observers. JARE will fly from Narita Airport on November 25, arriving in Fremantle, Australia to embark on the Antarctica observation ship Shirase for departure to the Syowa Station located in the area where its activities take place.

A series of major climate changes have been taking place, including in Japan, such as unprecedented torrential rains, tornadoes, and electrical storms. It is said that global warming and other changes to the environment are causing a wide range of effects, and Antarctic observations are becoming increasingly important for the purposes of investigating the causes.

JARE conducts important research on a wide range of issues related to the global environment, such as locating ozone holes and analyzing greenhouse gases by monitoring CO2. It has accomplished a multitude of achievements, including elucidating climate change mechanisms over the past few hundred thousand years with ice core analysis, and shedding light on 4.6 billion years of our solar system’s history through the collection of meteorites.

Every year since the first expedition in 1956, Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) has supported JARE’s survey and research activities by providing corrugated boxes for transporting supplies. This year, on August 28, Rengo again delivered corrugated boxes to the Antarctic Operation Center of the National Institute of Polar Research (Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo) to help with the preparations for the departure of the 54th JARE.

Rengo corrugated boxes, which are necessary for transporting a large volume of supplies, including food, personal items and research equipment, are essential packaging for the Antarctic observations and play a major supporting role in expedition logistics. Our corrugated boxes are light and sturdy with superior transport efficiency. They can be stored as is and are invaluable as containers for protecting and shipping collected specimens from Antarctica. Used boxes can be folded up into compact sizes to be taken back to Japan for recycling.

Last year, the Shirase experienced difficulties due to the extremely severe ice conditions in Antarctica, making it unable to dock. As conditions this year are similar to last year, it will not be known whether landing is possible until arrival at the Syowa Station. We sincerely wish for the safety and success of the 54th JARE in its endeavors.

Rengo plans to continue firmly supporting the work of JARE by supplying corrugated boxes.

 

Corrugated box for use by JARE

Corrugated box for use by JARE