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Tomra Systems ASA
Traded as OSE: TOM
Industry Recycling
Founded 1972 [1]
Headquarters Asker, Norway
Key people
Hans Stefan Ranstrand (President and CEO), Jan Svensson (Chairman)
Products Reverse vending machines, , compactors, and sensor-based sorting equipment
Revenue IncreaseNOK 6.610 billion (2016)[2]
Total assets DecreaseNOK 7.115 billion (end 2015)[2]
Total equity IncreaseNOK 4.192 billion (end 2015)[2]
Number of employees
Increase2,770 (end 2016)[2]
Subsidiaries TOMRA CONNECT

Tomra Systems ASA is a Norwegian multinational corporation active in the field of instrumentation for recycling solutions. The company is the largest [3] Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) producer globally and leading sensor-based machines for sorting and recycling.[4] In addition to RVMs, TOMRA manufactures compactors, material recovery) and Sorting machinery.[5] With over 70,000 RVMs installed worldwide, TOMRA is the leading provider in the industry.[6]

TOMRA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSEBX) under the ticker symbol TOM.[7] 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.[8]


TOMRA was listed in Oslo Børs and tried to secure a position in the American market to no avail.[8] 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.[8] TOMRA's sensor-based sorting technology business was first established in 2004 with the acquisition of TITECH, a leading provider of optical recognition and sorting technology. With the acquisition of Orwak in 2005, TOMRA established itself as a producer of compaction and baling solutions with an installed base of more than 67,000 balers.[9]


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.[6]

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

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  1. ^ a b c "History : TOMRA". TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "TOMRA Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Tomra Systems ASA. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Sumitomo Corporation Establishes Joint Company with World's Largest Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) Maker, Tomra| Sumitomo Corporation". Sumitomo Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Scandinavian design : alternative histories (English ed.). London: Berg. pp. Chp. 5. ISBN 9781847889119. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 12 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b "TOMRA: Presentation materials DNB Markets SME Conference". Oslo Stock Exchange. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "TOM:Oslo Stock Quote - Tomra Systems ASA". Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Jørgensen, Finn Arne (2011). Making a green machine : the infrastructure of beverage container recycling. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0813550541. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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