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Tomra Systems ASA
Traded asOSE: TOM
Founded1972 [1]
HeadquartersAsker, Norway
Key people
Hans Stefan Ranstrand (President and CEO), Jan Svensson (Chairman)
ProductsReverse vending machines, , compactors, and sensor-based sorting equipment
RevenueIncreaseNOK 7.432 billion (2017)[2][3]
Total assetsIncreaseNOK 8.437 billion (end 2017)[2][3]
Total equityIncreaseNOK 4.594 billion (end 2017)[2][3]
Number of employees
Increase 3,420 (end 2017)[2][3]

Tomra Systems ASA is a Norwegian multinational corporation active in the field of instrumentation for recycling solutions. The company is the largest[4] Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) producer globally and leading sensor-based machines for sorting and recycling.[5] In addition to RVMs, TOMRA manufactures compactors, material recovery, and sorting machinery.[6] With over 70,000 RVMs installed worldwide, TOMRA is the leading provider in the industry.[7]

TOMRA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSEBX) under the ticker symbol TOM.[8] The parent company, Tomra Systems ASA, is headquartered in Asker, Norway, with central departments located in Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany and Shelton, Connecticut.[1]



TOMRA was founded by the two brothers Tore and Petter Planke in 1972. It started out with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers.[1] Through 70s a breakthrough for Tomra was in 1974 where the Swedish entity Systembolaget ordered 100 RVMs.[9]


TOMRA was listed in Oslo Børs on 18 January 1985[10] and tried to secure a position in the American market to no avail.[9] It was then successfully attempted to enter the market in 1990s. By 1999, sales in the US accounted for more than half of total revenues. In 2006, TOMRA delivered more than 8000 new reverse vending systems to Germany.[9]

TOMRA's sensor-based sorting technology business was first established in 2004 with the acquisition of TiTech Visionsort AS, a provider of optical recognition and sorting technology[11] (which was renamed to Tomra Sorting Solutions in 2012[12]), from Ferd AS for 219 million NOK.[13]

With the acquisition of Orwak in 2005,[14] TOMRA established itself as a producer of compaction and baling solutions with an installed base of more than 67,000 balers.[15] In December 2014, TOMRA sold the Orwak operations in Norway, Sweden, Poland and Japan under the name TOMRA Compaction to San Sac Nordic AB of Sweden.[16]

As of August 31, 2005, TOMRA Latasa Reciclagem S.A., offering aluminium can collection and recycling assets services in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, was acquired by Aleris International, Inc.[17]

On 1 July 2006, TOMRA’s subsidiary Titech Visionsort AS acquired 100 percent of the shares of Germany-based CommoDaS GmbH, a provider of recognition and sorting technology for metals, plastics, glass, minerals and gems, for approximately 100 million NOK.[18]

On 1 Juli 2008 TOMRA announced it bought Australian peer Ultrasort Group, a provider of advanced recognition and sorting technology to the mining industry, for 160 million NOK ($31.48 million).[19]


Via several acquisitions, TOMRA had grown into a global company since the 2000s and secured 75% global market share in RVMs and 60% Material Recovery from Collection Solutions and 40%-65% in Sorting Solutions.[7]

On 12 December 2010, TOMRA's subsidiary TiTech acquired Dublin-based food technology company Odenberg, a designer of equipment used for producing 65 per cent of all French fries worldwide, for up to 57.5 million Euro from ACT Venture Capital in Dublin and members of the Van den Bergh family in Belgium;[20] Odenberg's chilling/freezing unit was later considered a non-core business and sold in 2013 as to a newly formed company, Power Food Technology Ltd., of Ireland.[21]

On 31 December 2011, TOMRA sold the assets of Tomra Pacific, Inc., a recycler of used beverage containers in California, to rePlanet, LLC for approximately $25 million.[22]

In June 2012, TOMRA purchased 100% of Belgium-based food sorting specialist Best Kwadraat for 138 million Euro.[23]

In October 2016 TOMRA signed an agreement to acquire Compac Holding Ltd., a New Zealand-based provider of packing house automation systems that sort fresh produce based on weight, size, shape, color, surface blemishes, and internal quality,[24] for $70 million plus up to $230 million in earn-outs available to Compac founders;[25] the transaction was completed in March 2017.[26]

Competition law compliance

In 2001, the EU Commission performed an investigation of Tomra’s competition law compliance. Based on this investigation, the Commission concluded in March 2006 that TOMRA in their opinion had foreclosed competition in the period 1998 to 2002 in the market for reverse vending machines in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden by implementing an exclusionary strategy. TOMRA appealed the decision to the European General Court in 2006.

In September 2010, the Court issued their judgment where they dismissed Tomra’s appeal both on the substance and on the amount of the fine.[27] TOMRA consequently accrued 28.2 million Euro (NOK 226.1 million) for the fine and accumulated interest in the third quarter financial statement for 2010.[28] TOMRA appealed this decision again but finally lost the case in April 2012.[29]

The images shows a TOMRA T-820 BC (Bottle and Crate) machine.

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d "TOMRA Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Tomra Systems ASA. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ a b c d "TOMRA Annual Report 2017". Tomra Systems ASA. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
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  5. ^ Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Scandinavian design : alternative histories (English ed.). London: Berg. pp. Chp. 5. ISBN 9781847889119.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 12 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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  13. ^ "Formal closing of TiTech acquisition completed". Tomra. 2004-08-25. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  14. ^ "Tomra Systems ASA Acquires Orwak Group AB; reverse vending manufacturers secures shares in baling operation". Recycling Today. 2005-03-04. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  15. ^ [2] Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "TOMRA Compaction acquired by San Sac". Tomra. 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  17. ^ "Company Overview of Tomra Latasa Reciclagem S.A." Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  18. ^ "Acquisition of CommoDas GmbH". Tomra. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  19. ^ "Tomra buys Australian Ultrasort for $31 mln". Reuters. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  20. ^ Hancock, Ciaran (2010-12-15). "Irish food tech firm Odenberg sold for up to €57.5m". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  21. ^ Knights, Mikell (2013-05-13). "Mergers and Acquisitions in Inspection Systems". Food Engineering. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  22. ^ "TOMRA divests its California operation". GlobeNewswire. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  23. ^ Harrington, Rory (2012-06-04). "Best acquired by TOMRA Group for €138m". Bakery and Snacks. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  24. ^ "TOMRA acquires NZ Sorting Machine Manufacturer Compac". Scoop Business. 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  25. ^ Smellie, Pattrick (2017-03-01). "Up to $230 million in earn-outs available to Compac founders". National Business Review. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  26. ^ "TOMRA completes COMPAC acquisition". Tomra. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  27. ^ "JUDGMENT OF THE GENERAL COURT (Fifth Chamber): Case T-155/06 Tomra Systems ASA and Others vs European Commission". 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  28. ^ "Third quarter 2010 results". Tomra. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  29. ^ "When will discounts and rebates in supply agreements be anti-competitive?". Taylor Wessing. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2017-06-10.

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