A remarkably tough synthetic paper - as tough as rope - has been developed in Switzerland, and was tested recently.
A remarkably tough synthetic paper - as tough as rope - has been developed in Switzerland, and was tested recently. It is now being used by the National Typographical Service of Switzerland for map-printing.
A map can be thrown into water or mud, plastered with oil, run over by a heavy truck or be roughly treated ... without getting damaged at all. All that one has to do to make it like new again is to wash it with water and scrub it, using a detergent.
It is claimed that no normal paper could take such punishment without being destroyed. Perhaps more remarkable, a map printed on this new paper - and still wet - can be rolled into a rope for lifting a car with four people inside. Swiss experts believe that this new synthetic paper may well be in use all over the world soon.