TOMRA Recycling Sorting hosts event to celebrate the extension of its test facilities in Germany07.03.2023
TOMRA Recycling Sorting opened a second test facility at its headquarters in Germany to meet growing demand for material trials. The company now operates one test center each for waste and metal sorting applications at the same location.
Ribbon cut of the new test center: F.l.t.r. Volker Rehrmann (EVP and Head of TOMRA Recycling), Fabrizio Radice (VP and Head of Global Sales and Marketing), Tove Andersen (CEO), Tom Eng (SVP and Head of TOMRA Recycling Sorting), André Lehmann (Test Center Manager)
“With more stringent legislation and higher recycling targets, the demand to recover recyclables from waste is at a record high and so is the demand for our sorting solutions and material tests. We’ve observed this situation over the last few years and came close to our test capacity limits in Germany. We had to act to ensure the best service for customers and partners”, states Fabrizio Radice, VP and Head of Global Sales and Marketing at TOMRA Recycling Sorting.
New test facility (right)
The decision to extend capacities entailed another important change. Ralph Uepping, VP, Head of Technology at TOMRA Recycling Sorting explains: “Until recently, we’ve combined both metal and waste sorting machines in one area. Now, each test hall will be dedicated to one segment only. While waste sorting trials are done in the first established facility, the focus of the new facility is on metal sorting.” TOMRA’s new X-TRACT®, FINDER®, and COMBISENSE®, as well as a soon-to-be release machine for advanced aluminum sorting, have been installed in the new facility measuring 1000 m2.
TOMRA’s X-TRACT™ and COMBISENSE™ in new Test Center
While the new facility allows the company to place a stronger emphasis on the metals segment, waste applications continue to play an equally important role. The original test center started as a mobile test station in Andernach, Germany, moved to Mülheim-Kärlich in 2009, and steadily grew in sophistication. Today, it offers 1500 m2 for waste sorting trials. The test possibilities range from the recovery of recyclable polymers from mixed and source-separated waste streams, to flake sorting, the separation of wood by material type, and many more.
Opening words in new Test Center
The rationale behind the expansion was extensively explained during the three-day conference that took place both at TOMRA’s German headquarters as well as in a hotel nearby to combine theory and practice. On the first conference day, participants listened to numerous presentations to learn more about TOMRA’s strategy, new ventures, its digital offerings including deep learning, as well as its approach to customer service. On the second day, it got more practical on-site. After a presentation held by Tom Eng, SVP and Head of TOMRA Recycling Sorting, to explain the evolution of the site in Mülheim-Kärlich, the management team guided the participants to the new facility to cut the ribbon an declare the new building opened. Divided into different groups, the conference attendees were guided through the plant and saw live demonstrations for numerous applications. The tour was rounded off by presentations that emphasized how TOMRA and its technology support maximizing resource circularity in the plastic, metal and wood industries.
The opening of a new trial hall as well as the conference set the stage for TOMRA’s growth ambition, its commitment toward stakeholders and its mission to enable a world without waste. Customers and partners are invited to take the opportunity to work with TOMRA’s experts to specify the most suitable sorting solution for their requirements.