TOMRA Recycling adds Eric C. Olsson to lead plastics segment

Sensor-based sorting specialist, TOMRA Recycling, announces the expansion of its North America customer support network by adding Eric C. Olsson as the Area Segment Manager – Plastics. This newly created position will be dedicated to strengthening the plastics business by offering in-depth sorting expertise for customers with an emphasis on plastic flake recycling.

Offering virgin polymer production experience, Olsson will lead the charge to help the plastics market transition to a circular life cycle. He will also support TOMRA’s area sales management team in helping customers design the best optical sorting technology configuration to improve process efficiency and recycled plastic product purity.

“Eric’s education and work history offers a unique combination of in-depth plastics industry experience and a broad background in technical process engineering. He understands plastic production and recycling processes and will offer customers expert assistance in sorting technology selection,” offers Ty Rhoad, regional director Americas for TOMRA Recycling. “Additionally, his dedication to the Circular economy and passion for the recycling industry is in perfect alignment with TOMRA’s. We are pleased to have Eric join our growing North American sales, applications and service support team."

Working for petrochemical giant, Braskem, Olsson spent the last five years in process engineering and sustainable development for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) resins. He was an integral part of the company’s circular economy team, charged with developing a sustainability strategy and evolving the business model for growth through recycled product offerings. Olsson holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Mississippi.

“TOMRA Recycling provides the industry superior technologies, process data collection and implementation of deep learning for complex sorting challenges. Joining the TOMRA team puts me closer to the front lines of plastics recycling,” says Olsson. “Steps are required to move the needle on industrial ecology and transition from a linear to circular plastics economy, and TOMRA is in the position to do this. I’m excited to join a company whose passion for the advancement of the circular economy and closing the loop on plastics is felt throughout every aspect of the business.”

To efficiently support plastics recycling companies from coast to coast, Olsson will be based out of a field office in Austin, Texas. He can be reached at 916-908-9084 or [email protected]