For metals, plastics, paper or wood - TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TITECH) is a leading provider of sensor-based sorting systems, established in the market with over 25 recycling applications. To date, we count more than 4,000 TITECH sorters working successfully in 40 countries. Whatever you want to sort: Our know-how helps you to implement individual recycling solutions. All our infield specialists are experienced experts in the practical aspects of waste recycling and processing of raw materials. Moreover, TOMRA Sorting Solutions closely cooperates with leading plant builders.

Why choose TOMRA Sorting?


TOMRA Sorting is the natural choice when it comes to optical sorting solutions. We have a global reach, which is unrivalled in our sector, and are always striving to improve our products and services.

TOMRA Sortin was established in 1996 under the name TITECH and has quickly become the market leader not only when it comes to sensor based sorting, but also on the whole waste collection and sorting process. We maintain our position by continuous investment in research and development to find new solutions to new sorting problems. TOMRA Sorting employs experts in each of their markets to ensure that you will always receive the best advice and the latest industry information.

We have a truly flexible product portfolio with machines that can be optimised for a number of different sorting tasks, so as your waste streams change. So does your TITECH machine. Our machines have fast become the first choice of plant builders across the world and we are proud to have strong relationships with many plant builders who know that TOMRA Sorting and TITECH is a name to trust.

We pride ourselves in building machines that are robust enough to cope with today’s sorting problems, but we also understand the importance of regular maintenance to optimise a machines performance and maximise profits for our customers. We have developed regular maintenance programmes and have a 24hr service hotline for our customers.

TOMRA Sorting is part of the TOMRA group based in Norway, a company which is financially stable and robust enough to cope through these uncertain times.

By choosing TOMRA Sorting you are making an investment for the future and selecting a partner who will keep your risks low and your profits high for years to come.


Established in Norway in 1996, TITECH was created as a result of an internal project at ELOPAK, a plastic-laminated beverage carton manufacturer. When this packaging type first appeared on the market, the Norwegian legislators stipulated that a means must be found to recover it from the waste stream. Consequently, optical technology based on NIR (Near Infrared) spectroscopy was developed for the first time to facilitate efficient waste sorting applications.

The sorting unit that was developed proved to be very successful and as a direct result of this success, TITECH was founded as a company in 1996. Since then, we have continuously developed a number of other unique sorting systems. This has meant that we have been able to adapt optical technology in a range of new applications and to enhance the performance of existing applications.

In 2002, we expanded our operations through the acquisition of Real Vision Systems GmbH, which also developed optical systems for waste sorting applications. Together, the two companies were able to utilize the most advanced technology to facilitate the efficient sorting of recyclables. This included combining spectroscopy and image analysis capabilities. Through this acquisition, we further reinforced our position as both market leader and pioneer in the industry.

Since 2004, TITECH has been a part of the TOMRA Group, which boasts more than 30 years of experience in the recycling industry. TOMRA has in excess of 50 000 reverse vending machines that efficiently collect and sort used beverage containers for further reuse or recycling in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Through being a part of the TOMRA Group, we have benefited by improving our financial base and gaining even greater experience in the recycling industry. As part of the brand integration TITECH was renamed as TOMRA Sorting Recycling.

About Us


TOMRA Sorting´s advanced automated recycling sorting systems for various waste and metal material streams deliver clear commercial, legislative and environmental benefits. The sensor-based sorting systems recover clean material fractions, delivering significantly higher yields and increased value from the input material than with traditional separation methods such as dense media separation or manual sorting.

Sensor-based sorting principle

The unsorted feed material slides down a chute or is transported on a belt and then scanned by our high-tech sensors. A few milliseconds later, the valuable recycled material is selectively ejected into the separation chamber by a precise and powerful burst of air from the high performance nozzle system, regardless of whether it’s a small plastic flake or a heavy metal.

Benefits at a glance

TOMRA Sorting’s recycling technology increases the waste-stream yield by ensuring consistent quality of output, enhances production line flexibility, and allows material composition to be monitored to improve grading of fractions. The automated recycling systems also reduce manual labor, operation, and service costs.

Our Mission

We create sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity

Leading the Resource Revolution

Revolution is inevitable. As a planet we are running to the end of our leash. The world population will increase by 30% over the next 40 years. Seventy million people enter the middle class every year. Global resources are under unprecedented pressure.

Resource productivity must increase to ensure sustainable development. Over the next 40 years, 30% more people will need to be fed with, at best, today’s availability of farmland. Something needs to change.

Rethinking how we obtain, use, reuse and optimize the world’s resources is the right path at the right time. This is how the next revolution begins.

Solutions for resource productivity are the key to tomorrow’s revolution. TOMRA provide smart solutions for optimizing our resources – sourcing them, using them, stewarding them, reclaiming them, recycling them and revitalizing them.

This is not new to us. TOMRA has been in this business for 40 years already. We know that in order to move forward, we all need to rethink and rework how things have been in the past. Every day we’re focused on transforming how the world obtains, uses and reuses its resources.

The President & CEO at TOMRA, Stefan Ranstrand is on a quest for a resource revolution.

Under the leadership of Ranstrand, TOMRA is making a transformation into a world leader of the recycling, mining and food sorting – as well as a leading provider of cutting-edge solutions for reverse vending and material recovery.

In short we aim to help our customers obtain more, use less and reuse resources (better business) and make the planet more sustainable (better environment).

Our Values

Our values are critical to everything we do – they reflect what we believe matters, how we conduct ourselves, and how we lead.

- Open-minded, Creative, Continuous improvement

We move forward with drive, creativity, and open minds. Throughout all business streams we recognize and reward innovation.

We build networks of partners in multiple disciplines and categories so that we may learn from one another and grow together. We document the history of our solutions both physically and digitally. We invite customers, consumers and recruited talent to experiment.

We connect with business, engineering, and design schools in order to build a better knowledge network and establish advanced training and mentoring programs.

We are present and participate on the key platforms that are leading change.

- Committed, Enthusiastic, Engaged

We create a culture that captures the imaginations of the best talent in the world. We want the truly innovative, engaged, and motivated to be part of the Resource Revolution.

We build lasting relationships and celebrate individuals who lead through change.

We communicate the importance of the Resource Revolution – better for the environment AND business.

We provide outstanding service to our customers, our partners and to each other.

- Honest, Accountable, Trustworthy

We demonstrate that transparency and responsibility go hand in hand. Honesty, accountability, and predictability are at the core of our communications and approach.

We exhibit best practices both internally and externally, sharing resources, insights, and solutions. It is the responsibility of everyone in our organization to participate and collaborate.

We openly discuss goals and business realities – within TOMRA’s ecosystem and beyond.

We share information in simple, clear, and usable ways with employees, customers, and partners.

Collection Solutions

TOMRA Collection Solutions spearheads effective and efficient handling of valuable materials.

With close to 70,000 systems installed across more than forty markets, we know that customers and stakeholders recognize and appreciate TOMRA’s position as the worldwide expert in reverse vending. Every year TOMRA facilitates the collection of close to 35 billion empty drinking cans and bottles.

Our Material Recovery business includes the pick-up, transportation, and processing of used beverage containers in North America, as well as the subsequent brokerage of the processed material to recyclers. Currently, TOMRA Material Recovery processes over 340,000 metric tons of beverage containers annually.

We have an installed base of more than 70,000 balers worldwide, and TOMRA’s product line includes a comprehensive range of waste compactors, baling systems and briquette presses for recyclable materials such as cardboard and plastics. Our solutions enable daily savings of approximately 45,000 transport movements and 700,000 liters of fuel.

Sorting Solutions

TOMRA Sorting Solutions creates sensor based sorting machines for recycling, food, mining and specialty products.

TOMRA Sorting unites four strong brands: TITECH for recycling, CommodasUltrasort for mining, ODENBERG and BEST for food and BEST for specialty products, tobacco and raw materials.

These powerful alliances make TOMRA Sorting the leading provider of sensor based sorting machines worldwide.

TOMRA Sorting Solutions offers 15 test centers across the world, access to a vast array of sorting technologies along with a large R&D department and an enhanced service network ensuring that TOMRA is close to you!

Business Strategy

Beginning with the invention of the world’s first reverse vending machine in 1972, all the way to providing the most innovative sensor-based sorting solutions today, TOMRA has continuously redefined what it means to be resourceful.

TOMRA has experienced rapid growth throughout its 40-year history. Growth has been driven by a number of strategic shifts involving a combination of organic initiatives and acquisitions. The sum of these developments has shaped a company that today is organized in two strong business areas: TOMRA Collection Solutions and TOMRA Sorting Solutions.

We know that what matters to our customers is to increase productivity and revenues, while ensuring the best quality products. In order to be positioned at the forefront to meet our customers’ demands, we have gone through a transformation. We have gathered all company brands into one, strong, unified TOMRA, focused on pursuing one common mission: to create sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity.


Reverse vending – transforming behaviour

TOMRA is the undeniable leader in the field of reverse vending of used beverage containers with an estimated 65% market share globally. With a solutions portfolio that is able to fit almost any need, we’re optimizing the handling of used containers in a wide range of business environments. Our continuous research, development and innovation ensure that our customers will have the benefit of the best lifetime value and highest operational ease of any system out there.

The reverse vending customer value proposition:

  • Reduced costs
  • Clearing of deposits
  • High consumer convenience

Compaction – small spaces create big solutions

TOMRA Compaction is a world leader in compaction and baler solutions for solid waste materials at their source with an estimated 15-20% market share in active markets. TOMRA Compaction offers a comprehensive range of compaction systems that add to a cleaner environment and make waste management more efficient and profitable. Highly compacted waste means less volume to transport, which contributes to reduced transportation costs and lower CO₂ emissions.

The compaction customer value proposition:

  • Enhanced productivity
  • Cost savings and increased value
  • Environmental benefits

Material recovery services – transforming efficiency

In Europe, container collection happens in cooperation between the beverage industry and food retail. In the US, there is no such infrastructure. Therefore, TOMRA has developed material recovery services as an enabler to sell reverse vending machines. From logistics to materials processing, and materials marketing and trading to recycling, out Materials Recovery business is integrated throughout the container recycling value chain, and has an estimated 60% market share in markets served.

The Material Recovery customer value proposition:

  • Supply chain management
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Environmental benefits


The three business streams within TOMRA Sorting Solutions – Food, Recycling, and Mining, come together in a common sensor-based technology portfolio based on a core technology that is the eyes and brains of sorting and processing.

The TOMRA Sorting strategy

TOMRA Sorting focuses on geographical expansion through aggressive targeting of promising regions and markets, and leveraging market presence across entire portfolio. Further, we engage in M&A to consolidate market and enter new business streams.

Maintaining technology leadership position by continuing to invest heavily in R&D, bringing new and enabling technology to the market, and further development of partner network is also a key focus.

We aim to establish cost leadership from utilization of market leader position to maximize economies of scale effect, and effective sourcing in combination with product friendly R&D.

Recycling – transforming efficiency and quality

TOMRA’s Recycling business offers more than 25 different sorting applications that separate a wide range of valuable fractions, including plastics, metals, and paper from waste. Our systems reduce the need for the extraction of primary raw materials, making them an important part of the Resource Revolution. Recycling has an estimated 50%-60% market share and an ever growing relevance in a world where resource productivity must increase in order to ensure sustainable development.

The Recycling customer value proposition:

  • Reduces costs
  • Increases revenues
  • Ensures consistent, stable and fast operation
  • Increased access to resources

Food – Securing quality, efficiency, and productivity

ODENBERG and BEST are now under the umbrella of TOMRA Sorting Solutions to design and supply innovative world class sorting, peeling and process analytics solutions for a wide range of applications. TOMRA’s Food business stream has an estimated 25% market share, and is a leading provider in several sectors of the food sorting industry, including dried fruit, nuts, fresh cut, fruit, potato, seafood, and vegetable markets.

The Food customer value proposition:

  • Operational efficiency reduces cost
  • Assured consumer food quality and safety
  • Increased revenues

Mining – Finding mindful solutions

Material handling, product recognition, and pressured air rejection are brought together by TOMRA Sorting Solutions Mining in a robust and tested system, which reliably separates valuable mineral ores from waste rock. TOMRA’s Mining business stream has an estimated 40%-60% market share and is already contributing to more energy-efficient and cost-effective pre-concentrations, as well as to material recovery, in what is still a market in its early youth.

The Mining customer value proposition:

  • Cost savings
  • Environmental benefits

Corporate Responsibility

TOMRA’s mission is to create sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity, making sustainability profitable – with increased relevance and meaning.


Our vision is to lead the resource revolution within the business streams of reverse vending, compaction, recycling, mining, and food – enabling better utilization of the world’s natural resources. We are using the power of business to do good.

TOMRA is committed to doing business ethically and responsibly. We operate with zero-tolerance for corruption and comply with all applicable laws and regulations in all areas where we do business. As TOMRA continues to expand globally, we recognize the importance of preparing for new challenges that we are likely to meet in our business activities.


From the beginning, TOMRA Sorting has invested substantially in developing sorting technology geared to the needs of a changing world. TOMRA Sorting technology increases the waste-stream yield by ensuring consistent quality of output, enhances production line flexibility, and allows material composition to be monitored to improve grading of fractions.


We offer more than 25 different sorting applications for the recycling industry that separate a wide range of valuable fractions, including plastics, metals, and paper from waste. Already more than 4,000 TITECH systems are operating in more than 40 markets worldwide.

Recycling industry knowledge is key

TOMRA Sorting provides more than just a machine from the shelf: Our expert engineers in the field of recycling understand the complex nature of processing raw waste and metal material. We can develop and implement bespoke recycling solutions for your business. To ensure that the right solutions are in place to achieve the highest possible recovery and purity rates, TOMRA Sorting representatives work closely with customers and their plant builders at the very earliest planning stages.

Benefit from experiences across different industries

TOMRA Sorting Solutions provides a broad portfolio of cutting-edge sensor technology. Its versatile combination offers solutions for almost every sorting task in the recycling, mining, and food industries. The right balance of core developments and industry tailored applications allow faster access to a vast array of technologies along with a large in-house R&D department and an enhanced service offering.

Role in resource revolution

  • Lower operating and maintenance costs.
  • Reduces accidents and strain on staff.
  • Diminishes costs.
  • Provides greater efficiency.
  • Results in higher yields from products.

Recycling Benefits

1 Increased revenue

  • High recovery rates
  • High purity level
  • Consistent quality and performance
  • New business fields, e.g. sorting tasks which are difficult or even impossible for manual sorting

2 Cost savings

  • Reduced personnel costs for manual labor by up to 75%
  • Low operation and maintenance costs
  • Low space requirements especially compared to traditional separation technology
  • Easy to adapt to changing needs and sorting tasks

3 Benefits for society

  • Less material is wasted and ends up on landfills.
  • Less primary resources need to be mined.
  • Less pollution of the environment.

Key features

Role in resource revolution

  • Lower operating and maintenance costs.
  • Reduces accidents and strain on staff.
  • Diminishes costs.
  • Provides greater efficiency.
  • Results in higher yields from products.


TITECH Combisense - Model combisense - High Purity Metal Fractions Separator

The TITECH combisense is a specialized high end machine to separate high purity metal fractions from even the most difficult fractions in terms of composition, grain size and mix from mixed waste and metal streams.

TITECH - Model autosort - Multifunctional Sorting System

The TITECH autosort is a multifunctional sorting system to recover a wide range of pieces of material from different waste streams, single stream, packaging, paper, household waste and other sorting tasks looking for enhanced material information and color in combination.


Waste Sorting - Bulky Waste Sorting

TITECH can help you sort the value out of Bulky waste. Bulky waste can contain a high number of valuable materials but this is not easily accessible within regular waste streams due to its bulkiness. This therefore means that in order to streamline the separation process, the initial treatment step has to involve shredding the input material. In order to prepare sortable fractions, sizing of fractions by screening and the separation of light by heavy compartments is inevitable.


Maintenance & Service

Regular maintenance means you are assured the highest performance from TITECH sorting systems - because you will only achieve optimum results in the long term if the technology is in top condition. Dirt, wear and damage lead to a decrease in sorting performance; and that cuts into your profits. It is therefore necessary to keep the output of your sorting system as high as possible and the leftover waste for disposal as low as possible. The best way to ...

Repairs & Spare Parts Service

Things can sometimes go wrong, even in robust machines like TITECH sorting systems. Our service engineers will solve the problem – quickly, thoroughly and reliably. Wherever our services are needed, we have an extensive global service network with rapid reaction times. Our specialists can solve many problems straight away, thanks to our Remote Service. This saves time, money and reduces production losses to a minimum. Where repairs are needed on site, ...


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Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

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