TOMRA’s global presence has been reflected in recent months by the company’s participation in conferences and exhibitions in Europe, the USA, and China.
At the five-day IFAT Show in Munich, Germany, the theme of TOMRA’s exhibition stand was ‘One planet, one recycling solution’ – and the solution is TOMRA because the company designs and manufactures such a wide range of sorting machines. Also in Germany, at the Abfall-und-Bioenergieforum in Kassel, TOMRA showcased its technology for organic waste treatment. Moving on to the Netherlands and the Plastic Recycling Show Europe in Amsterdam, TOMRA put the spotlight on new applications which increase polymer recovery, even from black materials. At TECMA, the urban development and environment international trade show in Madrid, TOMRA introduced LOD (laser object detection) and SHARP EYE to the Spanish market. LOD works in combination with TOMRA’s AUTOSORT and FINDER systems to detect material that NIR (near-infrared technology) is incapable of identifying. SHARP EYE separates single-layer PET trays from PET bottles.
In the USA, at the ISRI Convention in Las Vegas, presentations were given on LOD and TOMRA’s new LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) technology. Here it was explained how LOD will help customers gain higher qualities in their scrap metal products to meet export criteria for secondary materials, and how LIBS enables higher-value recycling by sorting and recycling wrought aluminium production scrap into alloy groups. Also in Las Vegas, at Waste Expo USA, TOMRA again exhibited LOD among its latest technologies.
On the other side of the Pacific, TOMRA showcased its comprehensive plastic recycling solutions at Chinaplas 2018 in Shanghai, which brough together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors. Then it was the turn of TOMRA’s specialised aluminium sorting solutions to be highlighted at Aluminium China 2018, also in Shanghai.