TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and mining industries.
With an installed base of approximately 84,000 systems in over 60 markets, TOMRA Reverse Vending is the world's leading provider of reverse vending solutions. Every year TOMRA facilitates the collection of more than 40 billion empty cans and bottles and provides retailers and other customers with an effective and efficient way of collecting, sorting and processing these containers.
TOMRA's 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. The revenue stream in this business area is derived from fees received from bottlers based on the volume of containers processed. Currently, TOMRA Material Recovery processes over 340,000 metric tons of containers annually.
TOMRA Food is the leading provider of optical sorting and processing technology for the fresh and processed food industry. With approximately 11,000 sorting installations globally, TOMRA Sorting's food business is instrumental in optimizing the world's food utilization, safety and quality.
TOMRA Recycling is a global leader in its field and has pioneered the automation of waste sorting. Its flexible sorting systems perform an extensive range of sorting tasks and are able to both prepare and sort various types of metals and waste for either material recycling or energy recovery. Currently TOMRA Sorting Recycling has an installed base of close to 6,460 units across more than 40 markets.
TOMRA Mining provides a complete product portfolio for efficient material separation in various minerals and ore applications such as processing of industrial minerals, diamonds and gemstone recovery, and metal recovery from slag etc. With approximately 163 installations worldwide, TOMRA Sorting's mining business helps to extend the lifetime of mining operations, increasing the value of the deposit.
Altogether TOMRA has over 100,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of about 9.3 billion NOK in 2019. The TOMRA Group employs roughly 4,500 people globally, and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.