Jotun’s Antarctic test centre

Jotun has established a new test station in Queen Maud’s Land on Antarctica, on the Troll station located only 2000 km from the South Pole.


Ever since 1926, when Jotun was founded, having first-hand knowledge of materials and environments has been a key priority and a competitive advantage. 

Jotun has been testing its paints and coatings in Arctic environments since 2015, something which has provided invaluable experience and insights in how extreme and harsh environments impacts materials and coatings. 

Inspired by the learnings from arctic Svalbard, Jotun decided to take another cold and bold step and establish a new test station in Queen Maud’s Land on Antarctica, on the Troll station located only 2000 km from the South Pole. 

While Svalbard offers large temperature variations and strong winds, the Antarctic has conditions several times more severe, with wind speeds up to 300 km per hour as well as temperatures down to minus 80 degrees Celsius. 

The ozone layer is very thin above the Troll station and therefore the UV impact on coating systems is extreme. 

With test facilities in both Arctic and Antarctic environments, Jotun will have an unique understanding of the most extreme environments one can find on our planet.