Optical Sorter Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Optical Sorting Machine Market Manufacturers and it is segmented by Type (Hardware, Software), End-User Industry (Food, Recycling, Mining), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Optical Sorter Market Size

Optical Sorter Market  Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 10.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Optical Sorter Market  Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Optical Sorter Market Analysis

The optical sorter market will register a CAGR of 10% over the forecast period. Optical sorting is the automated method of classifying solid products using either one or both cameras and sensors. Depending on the type of sensors used and the efficiency of the image processing system, optical sorters can identify an object's color, size, shape, structural characteristics, and chemical composition.

  • COVID-19 severely affected the optical sorter market; from a regional point of view, the outbreak caused a significant setback to countries with the export-oriented shutdown of manufacturing plants.
  • According to recognized or stated criteria, optical sorting systems identify and eliminate defective items from manufacturing lines and remove foreign objects from the production line. Additionally, they are utilized to separate goods made from various grades or kinds of materials. When optical sorting systems are used, product quality, throughput, and yields are increased, and labor expenses are decreased.
  • Pharmaceutical production, tobacco processing, nutraceutical production, mining, garbage recycling, and other industries use optical sorting technology. These methods continue to be widely used in processing harvested goods such as potatoes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They offer non-destructive inspection, which is advantageous in these end-user sectors where maintaining good quality is crucial.
  • Another critical factor fueling market demand is the increased desire to reduce delivery and processing times. Optical sorting helps enhance product quality, maximize throughput, and increase yields while lowering labor costs compared to human sorting, which is arbitrary and unpredictable.
  • The difficulty for the food processing facilities using sorting systems is that the feedstock is frequently not uniform. Deploying AI-enabled systems that can continuously enhance sorting algorithms has become necessary.

Optical Sorter Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Optical Sorter Market according to our research experts:

Food Industry is Expected to Gain Demand Momentum Owing to Evolving Regulations

  • The biggest application of optical sorters is anticipated in the food processing industry. Agricultural seeds, grains, nuts, coffee, confectionary goods, fruit, meat, and seafood are all sorted using an automated technique called optical sorting. As more sorting systems are created for particular purposes, it is anticipated that the use of optical sorters in the food business will increase.
  • The necessity to significantly cut delivery and processing times to boost production capacity has increased the need for optical sorters in the food industry. Additionally, governments in many places are becoming more concerned about food safety.
  • Optical sorters with sensors can reliably find and eliminate foreign objects, undesirable rot, greening flaws, blemishes, and damage. This guarantees increased yields and the delivery to customers of a safer finished product of higher quality. The use of optical sorters in the food business is accelerated by these technologies' contributions to higher food quality and safety.
  • Additionally, AI-enabled systems that are able to continuously enhance sorting processes, such as AI systems, incorporate cameras, near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy, x-rays, and lasers and speed up the analysis of every characteristic of any vegetable or fruit as it passes along. The sorting of meals is done using machine learning algorithms, ensuring the best possible use of the technology.
Optical Sorter Market : Leading Meat Producers Worldwide Based on Market Capitalization as of 2021, in USD Billions

North America to Hold a Major Share

  • Some major players in the optical sorter industry, including National Recovery Technologies, Llc, Cimbria A/S, and many more, are based in the area. They are constantly investing in expanding and improving their infrastructure to keep up with the latest technological developments and stringent regulations. Over the forecast period, this is anticipated to increase the utilization of optical sorters.
  • The primary factors influencing the growth of this market are the increasing emphasis on automation to boost productivity, the growing demand for the food industry to reduce process and delivery times, the rising cost of labor, and the emergence of strict government regulations regarding food safety.
  • During the projection period, the optical sorter market for freefall platforms is anticipated to have the most significant share. Applications involving food (such as nuts and berries, frozen and dried fruits, vegetables, potato strips, and seafood) and garbage recycling are most suited for freefall-based platforms. The benefits of a freefall sorter over a belt sorter are its lower cost, smaller size (takes up less space), and lack of moving elements like the belt, making it easier to maintain.
  • Automated sorting is a crucial technology for many food processing operations in North America, and stringent laws governing food safety are another reason fueling the market's expansion.
  • Many industrialized nations, like the United States, have recently adopted explicit recycling and environmental performance targets to encourage individuals to recycle waste. Optical sorters classify recyclable resources by separating them from the garbage stream and from items that can be used as raw materials for new products.
Optical Sorter Market- Growth Rate by Region

Optical Sorter Industry Overview

The competitive rivalry in the optical sorter market is high owing to the presence of some key players such as Bühler Holding AG, and Key Technology Inc(A Duravant Company), amongst others. The market's players have innovated their products through research and development, giving them a competitive advantage over rivals. These players have engaged in strategic alliances, mergers, and acquisitions that have helped them establish a larger market presence.

In July 2022, Bühler Holding AG announced the newly added three SORTEX H SpectraVision optical sorters to its oat mills following an initial investment in one machine at the start of the year. In contrast, The SORTEX H offers three key benefits to customers: unmatched ease of use, high performance, and enhanced connectivity, all of which contribute to increased sustainability.

Optical Sorter Market Leaders

  1. TOMRA Sorting AS

  2. Key Technology Inc. (Duravant Company)

  3. Eagle Vizion Inc.

  4. Bühler Holding AG

  5. MSS Inc. (CP Manufacturing Inc.)

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Optical Sorter Market Concentration
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Optical Sorter Market News

  • November 2022: Key Technology Inc. launched its Herbert OCULUS whole potato optical sorter and showcased its range of other high-performance solutions for fresh and processed potatoes and vegetables. These sorters identify and remove potatoes with defects and diseases, as well as potatoes outside the specified length and width profile if desired.
  • June 2022: Inaba peanuts co ltd, a Japanese food manufacturing company, implemented the TOMRA 5B sorter for production in volumes and consistency. It is used to sort various snacks such as cashews, almonds, fish, walnuts, and fried beans.

Optical Sorter Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Assessment of COVID-19 impact on the industry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Demand for Reducing the Delivery and Processing Time

      2. 5.1.2 Stringent Regulations Regarding the Food Quality and Labor Costs

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 High Maintenance Cost of the Equipment


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Hardware

      2. 6.1.2 Software

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industries

      1. 6.2.1 Food

      2. 6.2.2 Recycling

      3. 6.2.3 Mining

      4. 6.2.4 Other End-user Industries

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 TOMRA Systems ASA

      2. 7.1.2 Eagle Vizion Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 Bhler Holding AG

      4. 7.1.4 Key Technology Inc. ( Duravant LLC)

      5. 7.1.5 MSS Inc. (CP Manufacturing Inc.)

      6. 7.1.6 KEN Bratney Co.

      7. 7.1.7 Hefei Meyer Optoelectronic Technology Inc.

      8. 7.1.8 Machinex Industries Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Raytec Vision SpA

      10. 7.1.10 Cimbria AS (AGCO Corporation)

      11. 7.1.11 Van Wamel BV

      12. 7.1.12 Satake Corporation

      13. 7.1.13 National Recovery Technologies LLC

      14. 7.1.14 Sesotec GmbH

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Optical Sorter Industry Segmentation

The optical sorter is an automated process that enables the user to sort solid products using cameras, lasers, or both, working in conjunction with sensors and software-driven image processing systems. It recognizes objects' color, size, shape, structural properties, and chemical composition.

The Optical Sorter Market is segmented by Type (Hardware, Software), End-User Industry (Food, Recycling, Mining), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and rest of the world). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

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Optical Sorter Market Research FAQs

The Optical Sorter Market is projected to register a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

TOMRA Sorting AS, Key Technology Inc. (Duravant Company), Eagle Vizion Inc., Bühler Holding AG and MSS Inc. (CP Manufacturing Inc.) are the major companies operating in the Optical Sorter Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Optical Sorter Market.

The report covers the Optical Sorter Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Optical Sorter Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Optical Sorter Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)