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Tomra celebrates its 45th anniversary following record revenue year

Almost 45 years later, TOMRA in 2016 noted record revenues of approximately €710m, with 90,000 systems installed in over 80 markets worldwide.

Since its founding on April 1, 1972, TOMRA has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering a diverse range of sensor-based solutions that are helping to lead a cross-industry revolution toward resource sustainability.

Starting in a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore Planke created a solution to a problem: a local grocer wanted an automated machine that could quickly and easily take back used, empty bottles for recycling, and so TOMRA was born. By the end of 1972, TOMRA had installed 29 machines in Norway, and their successes quickly began to generate interest abroad.

Since those humble beginnings, TOMRA has diversified its offering and expanded its reach. During the first 30 years of its history, the company focused on growing its reverse vending business in markets with deposit systems for beverage packaging. In 2000, the company began developing a more comprehensive business platform, and through a number of strategic acquisitions during the past two decades, TOMRA has become a leading provider of optical sorting technology for a broad range of materials.

Almost 45 years later, TOMRA in 2016 noted record revenues of approximately €710m, with 90,000 systems installed in over 80 markets worldwide.

TOMRA’s sensor-based solutions are used today in reverse vending, recycling, mining and food sorting. Recycling applications include numerous waste streams and metals in which optical sorters support plant operators with effective recovery and sorting of valuable secondary resources, while TOMRA’s food sorting and peeling solutions are utilized to boost food processing capacity, quality, safety, yield and profit.

The company’s mining equipment ensures more efficient recovery of minerals and ores, and in 2015 located the Lucara Diamond in Botswana, the second-largest gem quality diamond in history. All told, TOMRA technology is playing a leading role in helping diverse industries attain efficient business processes, improve resource utilization and promote a better environment. 

Stefan Ranstrand, TOMRA President and CEO, said: “Our growth and longevity is due in part to the growing understanding that the world needs to utilize its natural resources in a better way to ensure sustainability. We are proud of the success our company has achieved thus far, and look forward to building on this in the years ahead as we continue to develop cutting-edge solutions for helping our customers meet their business needs and contribute to a better and more sustainable future.”

TOMRA at 45: Two strong business areas

In pursuing its mission to create sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity, TOMRA has built a robust company centered on two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending and material recovery) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food sorting).

To ensure new technology continues to support businesses and their objectives, it is important to continue focusing on how to transform the way in which the world obtains, uses and reuses its resources by looking at the next major innovations and how they can support environmental as well as business objectives.

Optimal resource productivity

“Global resources are under more pressure than ever before,” continues Ranstrand. “A growing population – and increasing consumption – mean finite resources are being used at an unsustainable pace. The world is consuming more resources and producing more waste than nature can replace or absorb each year. Now, more so than ever, the world needs a resource revolution.”

“TOMRA aspires to be a leader in the resource revolution by constantly exploring and enabling new means of optimizing resource productivity. In this way, TOMRA’s sensor-based technology is playing a pivotal role in supporting the circular economy and also helping organizations to increase productivity without having a detrimental impact on the environment.”

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Tomra acquires Compac

"With the acquisition of Compac, we reinforce Tomra’s leading position within the food segment and we will be the first player to present an offering to our customers for sorting fresh and processed foods with both lane and bulk sorters."

Tomra Systems ASA, has signed an agreement with the owners of New Zealand Sorting Machine Manufacturer Compac Holding Ltd for 100% of the shares in the company.

“Food producers are consolidating, becoming larger, more sophisticated and more global,” said Tomra president and CEO Stefan Ranstrand

“We see clear advantages in mirroring this trend. With the acquisition of Compac, we reinforce Tomra’s leading position within the food segment and we will be the first player to present an offering to our customers for sorting fresh and processed foods with both lane and bulk sorters.”

Ranstrand said Compac’s leadership team will remain active in the new structure and customers can rest assured they will deal with the same people in sales and service.

“Compac and Tomra share common values of customer satisfaction and lasting partnerships.

“Under the new umbrella, customers will benefit from the shared focus of both companies on food safety, food quality, improved yield and productivity,” he said

Compac is a New Zealand-based provider of post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry which designs, manufactures, sells and services packhouse automation systems.

The company has a leading position within the sorting of apples, kiwifruit, cherries, avocados and citrus.

About 6,000 Compac sorting lanes have been sold worldwide in over 40 markets.

Tomra Sorting Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry. The company provides worldwide over 5,900 systems with high-performance optical sorters, graders, peeling and process analytics systems for nuts and seeds, dried fruits, potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood.

source: Compac

 

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Positive results for TOMRA Sorting Food in first three quarters of 2015

TOMRA Sorting Food, formerly BEST and ODENBERG, designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry. Over 9,000 systems are installed at food growers, packers and processors worldwide.

TOMRA Sorting Food has enjoyed a ‘positive’ performance for the year to end September.

The leading food sorting systems manufacturer is reaping the benefits of the successful launch of a number of new products and ongoing investment in research and development (R&D), said Ashley Hunter, head of TOMRA Sorting Food.

“TOMRA Sorting Food’s ongoing success has been driven by all of our new products – including Blizzard, Nimbus BSI and Sentinel II – being very well received by new and existing customers. Our biometric signature identification (BSI) technology, which has long been used by TOMRA’s recycling business, has also been an excellent addition to our portfolio enabling us to lead the industry in nut sorting.

“We are excited about the technology advancements made by our R&D team this year, and are looking forward to launching further sorting innovations with additional customer benefits in 2016,” Hunter said.

Opportunities for growth in developing countries

TOMRA Sorting Food continues to expand its presence in the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and India.

“Population growth, increased food safety and quality demands in developing countries, as well as an increased desire for convenience food, mean a greater requirement for our sorting machines and technologies in these regions.

“A good example of this is the Chinese government’s announcement regarding its focus on the country’s food supply system which will review automation, technologies and safety. In India, for example, we are seeing the development of the refrigerated food supply chain and the related increase in demand for frozen food. “This creates opportunities for our Blizzard machine in the individually quick frozen vegetable and fruit processing market.

“We anticipate growth in developing countries as these above mentioned demand factors are aligned with us expanding from a lower base in these territories,” Hunter said.

TOMRA Sorting Food also aims to capitalise on a variety of global trends which further increase demand for its products in developed and developing nations.

“There is a worldwide requirement for improved food safety and robust traceability systems. Finite water and land resources, combined with an ever increasing population, mean we must obtain greater yields from our natural resources, including food,” Hunter said. “Labour scarcity in both developed and developing countries, where people either do not want to undertake food processing work or move away from rural agricultural areas to cities, also presents us with opportunities to introduce our machines.

“Advancements in technology mean that the use of satellite imagery and real-time data will increasingly be utilised to enhance the efficiency of the journey from field to fork. We are constantly evaluating ways to utilise these trends and technologies to the benefit of our customers and the environment,” he said.

The business recognises that the global marketplaces it serves are not without challenges, with a number of political and economic situations requiring particular attention.

“Russia’s continued food sanctions on the West, Greece’s economic crisis and China’s recent market instability all bring their distinct set of issues which we must address. We do this by remaining agile and responsive to market and territory conditions. There are always opportunities to be identified within these situations and we will continue to seek them out for the benefit of our customers.

“There are a variety of opportunities and challenges for us to face for the rest of this year and beyond into 2016. We are well equipped to deal with both scenarios and the team at TOMRA will continue to deliver our promise of leading the resource revolution in food.”

About TOMRA Sorting Food

TOMRA Sorting Food, formerly BEST and ODENBERG, designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry. Over 9,000 systems are installed at food growers, packers and processors worldwide.

Its headquarters are in Belgium and it is part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions which also develops sensor-based systems for the recycling, mining and other industries.
The company provides high-performance optical sorters, graders, peeling and process analytics systems for nuts and seeds, dried fruits, potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. The systems ensure an optimal quality and yield, resulting in increased productivity, throughput and an effective use of resources. TOMRA Sorting is one of the most advanced providers of sensor-based sorting solutions in the world, with over 14,000 of its systems installed globally.

TOMRA Sorting is owned by Norwegian company TOMRA Systems ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Founded in 1972, TOMRA Systems ASA has a turnover around €550m and employs over 2,400 people.

For more information on TOMRA Sorting Food visit www.tomra.com/food

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Tomra follows up expansion of plants with new facilities

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TOMRA Sorting Solutions US Food division held its official office opening on Wednesday, 18 June in its new state-of-the-art facility in West Sacramento, California. The company’s 50-plus strong team has relocated to a new purpose-built site which is over 30 per cent larger than its previous building in California.  TOMRA Sorting Food is a leading provider of sensor-based sorting and processing systems for the fresh and processed food industries. The company has been developing cutting edge technologies, optimizing customer production flows and helping to deliver consistent, high quality output for more than 30 years. The event was attended by city officials, employees and customers as well as senior figures from the company, including TOMRA’s CEO, Stefan Ranstrand; Head of TOMRA Sorting, Dr Volker Rehrmann; and Senior Vice-President and Head of TOMRA Sorting Food, Ashley Hunter.