For metals, plastics, paper or wood - TOMRA Sorting Solutions is a leading provider of sensor-based sorting systems, established in the market with hundreds of recycling applications. To date, we count more than 4,900 sorting systems working successfully in 50 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.

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Otto-Hahn-Straße 6 , Mülheim-Kärlich , 56218 Germany

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Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €


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 Sorting was established in 1996 under the name TITECH and has quickly become the a leading provider not only when it comes to sensor-based sorting, but also on the whole 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 TOMRA sorting 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 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 40 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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!

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 hundreds of sorting applications for the recycling industry that separate a wide range of valuable fractions, including plastics, metals, and paper from waste. Already more than 4,900 systems are operating in more than 50 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.