Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN) is deploying polypropylene (PP) ropes, booms, and flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) made its Atlacomulco, Mexico manufacturing site to help in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill clean up and containment. Marketed under the brand name X-Sorbs, the Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms act as adsorbent rather than absorbent products. Ernie Giordano, retail marketing manager for Berry Plastics-Tapes, told PlasticsToday that while the company had the capability to make such products at the Atlacomulco facility, these particular items are completely new for the company. Production is ongoing and shipping is underway, according to Giordano.
Each Pom-Pom Rope is 50-ft long and designed to adsorb 15 to 20 times its own weight in crude oil. There are 20 8-oz, evenly spaced, 22-inch-long pom-poms...