Optical Sorter Market Research Report - Forecast to 2032

Optical Sorter Market Research Report Information By Platform (Hybrid Platform, Lane Platform, Freefall Platform, and Belt Platform), By Type (Hyperspectral Cameras, Near-Infrared Sorting Systems, Combined Sorters, Lasers, and Cameras), By Application (Recycling Industry, Mining Industry, and Food Processing Industry) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/SEM/4276-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Ankit Gupta | May 2023         

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Global Optical Sorter Market Overview:


The Optical Sorter Market size was valued at USD 1.9 billion in 2022. The optical sorter industry is projected to grow from USD 2.07 Billion in 2023 to USD 4.17 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.12% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). The rising adoption in the food sector for food processing operations, reduced process and delivery time, increases in the wages of manual workers in multiple nations, and stringent government rules surrounding food safety are the key market drivers expanding the market.


Global Optical Sorter Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, Analyst Review, and MRFR Database.


Optical Sorter Market Trends




  • Rising demand for the product from food packers drives the market growth




Market CAGR for the optical sorter market is driven by the growing demand for the product from cultivators, food packers, and food processing units for optical sorter systems of objects by minimizing wastage. It also decreases the process and delivery time needed for sorting food items. These are utilized for discovering the flaws and distinguishing between different types. These optical sorter use reflected light with selected wavelengths to emphasize the distinction between abandoned and accepted products. These sorters can segregate all the solid elements varying from 0.1 mm to 100 mm.


Additionally, recent advancements in detection technologies and intelligent software have enabled optical sorters to influence product quality, maximize yield, and better recognize aspects of processing operations. However, despite these advancements, manufacturers are still facing several challenges, mainly in terms of the difficulty of operation of optical sorters. To overcome these challenges, new software developments focus on user-friendly machines that give processors the power to control rejection specifications. In addition to becoming more intelligent, optical machines are also becoming easier to operate. Advanced statistics and data analysis tools are easily accessible to monitor the performance parameters of optical sorters. Integrating data generated by optical sorters throughout the MRF (material recovery facility) into the main PLC (programmable logic controller) or SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system makes monitoring groups of machines and adjusting mechanical separation equipment and optical sorters easier.


Automation employs the production industry to enhance its performance by limiting errors and productivity to escalate measures and maintain the high caliber of the finished product. This allows these industries to reduce manual work, speed-up processes, and improve hygiene. Automated sorting is becoming the key unit of many industries' processing operations, and the rising demand for this technology is consistent with its quality product and detectable adulteration. Hence, the market for optical sorters is exploding in numerous industries for their productivity and cost-reduction. In addition, increasing labor-cost in several nations and high-quality commodities are expected to drive the market growth of the optical sorting market.


The top players' rising adoption and development of the advanced technology-based sorter aids the market growth. This is primarily owing to an enhancement in adoption from the end-use industries, such as pharmaceuticals, recycling, and food & beverage industries. For instance, in June 2021, Satake introduced an advanced technology-based large-quantity sorter for food grain processing in large sizes with high capacity. The recent solution established the NIRAMI series with the latest specification of the optical sorter. It was created to sort food grains, pulses, seeds, and many other food products. Thus, driving the optical sorter market revenue.


Optical Sorter Market Segment Insights:


Optical Sorter Platform Insights


The Optical Sorter Market segmentation, based on platform, includes hybrid platform, lane platform, freefall platform, and belt platform. The freefall platform category generated the most income over the forecast period. The advantages of a freefall sorter over a belt sorter are its lower price, smaller size (takes up less space), and absence of moving elements such as the belt, making it more comfortable to maintain.


Optical Sorter Type Insights


The Optical Sorter Market segmentation, based on type, includes hyperspectral cameras, near-infrared sorting systems, combined sorters, lasers, and cameras. The near-infrared sorting systems segment dominated the market owing to the growing demand for cutting-edge technology-based optical sorter for recycling and food processing units. Various leading players are establishing NIR sorters to satisfy the global demand for progressive sorters for the food processing industry.


December 2021: NRT introduced next-generation SpydIR NIR sorters at Waste Expo. This SpydIR features NIR detection for fiber film recycling units, plastics, and others. This equipment is made up of in-flight sorting technology with a constant auto-calibration system.


Optical Sorter Application Insights


The Optical Sorter Market segmentation, based on application, includes the recycling industry, mining industry, and food processing industry. The food processing industry category generated the major income over the forecast period due to the leading players' growing developments of food grain sorters. Increasing cereal production and consumption across the globe assists the demand for sorter machines. Optical sorting machines are utilized to release unwanted cereal grains and avoid contamination.


Figure 1: Optical Sorter Market, by Application, 2022 & 2032 (USD billion)


Optical Sorter Market, by Application, 2022 & 2032


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Optical Sorter Regional Insights


By Region, the study delivers market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The North American optical sorter market will dominate, owing to the growing demand from waste recycling plants with early adoption and expansion of the enhanced technology-based sorter in this region. Further, the US optical sorter market held the largest market share, and the Canada optical sorter market was the fastest-growing market in the North America region.


Further, the prominent countries studied in the market report are Canada, the U.S., German, France, UK, Spain, Italy, China, India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: Optical Sorter Market SHARE BY REGION 2022 (%)


Optical Sorter Market SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe optical sorter market accounts for the second-largest market share owing to growing demand from food and beverage manufacturers around the U.K., France, and Italy. Further, the German optical sorter market held the largest market share, and the UK optical sorter market was the fastest-growing in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific optical sorter Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is owing to the large population that drives the market growth in this region. The company operates in this region, consisting of Sortex & Rice, Grain Logistics, Leybold Optics, Grinding & Dispersion, Grain Milling, and others. These prominent players are developing advanced optical sorter for this region's food and recycling plants. Moreover, China’s optical sorter market held the largest market share, and the Indian optical sorter market was the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region.


Optical Sorter Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will assist the optical sorter market to grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking several strategic activities to enhance their global footprint, with important market developments including new product introduction, mergers and acquisitions, contractual agreements, higher investments, and collaboration with other firms. The optical sorter industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics manufacturers use in the global optical sorter industry to benefit clients and expand the market sector. Major players in the optical sorter market, including Raytec Vision S.p.A. (Italy), STEINERT Global (Germany), CP Manufacturing Inc. (US), Pellence ST (France), Sesotec GmbH (Germany), and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


Key Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services process automation systems for the food processing industry and other industries such as tobacco, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. The Company's systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and sorting systems, specialized conveying systems, and product preparation systems. In November 2022, Key Technology Inc. launched its Herbert OCULUS whole potato optical sorter, showcasing its range of other high-performance solutions for fresh and processed potatoes and vegetables. These sorters identify and remove potatoes with defects and diseases and those outside the specified length and width profile if desired.


Buehler Holding AG operates as a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food and chemical processing, die casting, and material handling machinery. The company also offers bag conveyors, aerodry impingement ovens, rail vehicle loading, steel storage bins, small filter, magnetic separator, and other machinery worldwide. 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.


Key Companies in the Optical Sorter market include




  • Raytec Vision S.p.A. (Italy)




  • STEINERT Global (Germany)




  • CP Manufacturing Inc. (US)




  • Pellence ST (France)




  • Sesotec GmbH (Germany)




  • National Recovery Technologies (US)




  • Cimbria Heid GmbH (Denmark)




  • Buhler Group (Switzerland)




  • NEWTEC (Denmark)




  • GREEFA (Netherlands)




  • TOMRA Systems ASA (Norway)




  • Allgaier Werke Group (Germany) SATAKE Group (US)




  • BINDER GmbH (Austria)




  • Key Technologies Inc. (US)




Optical Sorter Industry Developments


October 2020: Satake launched an advanced optical sorter named FMSR-IR at Pack Expo in Las Vegas. This FMSR-IR series has the all-in-one capacity with the latest RGB technology, infrared, and shape-sorting ability in one machine. The machine withdraws undesirable products, such as discoloration, foreign materials, and irregular-shaped defects from seeds, dry beans, tree nuts, corn, and plastics.


July 2020: NRT launched ColorPlus optical sorter with Max-Al capabilities that integrate high-resolution color with A.I. technologies. The NRT ColorPlus with Max-Al is combined with AI, constructing advanced sorting capabilities for increased volumes with identification decision abilities.


Optical Sorter Market Segmentation:


Optical Sorter Platform Outlook




  • Hybrid Platform




  • Lane Platform




  • Freefall Platform




  • Belt Platform




Optical Sorter Type Outlook




  • Hyperspectral Cameras




  • Near-Infrared Sorting Systems




  • Combined Sorters




  • Lasers




  • Cameras




Optical Sorter Application Outlook




  • Recycling Industry




  • Mining Industry




  • Food Processing Industry




Optical Sorter Regional Outlook




  • North America



    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe






  • Asia-Pacific



    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific






  • Rest of the World



    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America





Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 1.9 billion
Market Size 2023 USD 2.07 billion
Market Size 2032 USD 4.17 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 9.12% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2019- 2021
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Growth Factors, Market Competitive Landscape, and Trends
Segments Covered Platform, Type, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S., Canada, German, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Key Technology Inc. (U.S.), BINDER GmbH (Austria), SATAKE Group (U.S.), Allgaier Werke Group (Germany), TOMRA Systems ASA (Norway), GREEFA (Netherlands), NEWTEC (Denmark), BĂĽhler Group (Switzerland), Cimbria Heid GmbH (Denmark), National Recovery Technologies (U.S.), Sesotec GmbH (Germany), Pellenc ST (France), CP Manufacturing Inc. (U.S.), STEINERT Global (Germany), and Raytec Vision S.p.A. (Italy)
Key Market Opportunities Advancements in detection technologies and ease of operation
Key Market Dynamics Growing focus on automation for increasing productivity in various industries


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Optical Sorter Market size was valued at USD 1.9 Billion in 2022.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.12% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the major share of the global market

The key players in the market are Key Technology Inc. (U.S.), BINDER GmbH (Austria), SATAKE Group (U.S.), Allgaier Werke Group (Germany), TOMRA Systems ASA (Norway), GREEFA (Netherlands), NEWTEC (Denmark), BĂĽhler Group (Switzerland).

The near-infrared sorting systems category dominated the market in 2022.

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