TOMRA - Rethink, Remain & Resource

To creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity —Tomra uses the Siemens Digital Industries Software's Teamcenter product lifecycle management (PLM) system to handle mechanical design in Siemens NX, working together with IDEAL GRP.  

Beginning with the invention of the world’s first reverse vending machine in 1972, all the way to providing the most innovative sensor-based sorting solutions today, TOMRA has continuously redefined what it means to be resourceful.

TOMRA has experienced rapid growth throughout its 47-year history. Growth has been driven by a number of strategic shifts involving a combination of organic initiatives and acquisitions. The sum of these developments has shaped a company that today is organized in two strong business areas: TOMRA Collection Solutions and TOMRA Sorting Solutions.

- We experience Teamcenter and NX as good programs that are essential in our product development work says Kristian Hovde, Head of Hardware and Verification, Collection Solutions, Asker.

TOMRA Touchpoints

We know that what matters to our customers is to increase productivity and revenues while ensuring the best quality products. In order to be positioned at the forefront to meet our customers’ demands, we have gone through a transformation. We have gathered all company brands into one, strong, unified TOMRA, focused on pursuing one common mission: to create sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity.

TOMRA was founded on an innovation for return of empty beverage containers more than forty years ago. In a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore Planke created a solution to a problem: a local grocer wanted a machine that could quickly and easily take back empty bottles. This was the beginning of TOMRA.


Environmentalists, government, and community leaders come together to discuss the impact of litter and plastic pollution on our oceans, communities, and lifestyles.

How TOMRA seeks to combat ocean plastic

Working with beverage containers, TOMRA pays attention to what happens to them. And research shows that, every year, more than 1.4 trillion beverage containers are sold, where 500 billion of those are plastic. Of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced every year, only 14% is collected for recycling. A huge 40% of plastic packaging is simply sent to landfill, and 32% ends up in nature as litter.

The International Coastal Cleanup in 2019 surveyed 10.5 tons of litter from 122 participating countries and found plastic beverage bottles and caps in the top 4 and 5 types of litter collected. Research has found that plastic bottles release methane and ethylene – powerful greenhouse gases – when exposed to solar radiation or water. It is estimated that a plastic bottle takes 450 years to break down in nature, and the rate of production of these gases increases over time.


A look at TOMRA's development over the course of its 40-year history.

TOMRA was founded on an innovation for return of empty beverage containers more than forty years ago. In a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and Tore Planke created a solution to a problem: a local grocer wanted a machine that could quickly and easily take back empty bottles. This was the beginning of TOMRA.

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