Optical Sorter Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Product (MIR Sorter, NIR Sorters, RGB Color Sorters, Others), By Platform (Belt, Freefall, Lane, Hybrid), By Industry Vertical (Food & Beverage, Mining, Recycling, Pharmaceutical, Tobacco), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : Mar 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061611670
  • Pages : 124

The optical sorter market was valued at US$2.903 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.53% over the forecast period to reach a total market size of US$4.491 billion by 2027.

A solid products sorter or optical sorter is a dedicated automated machine used for sorting. In an optical sorter, the sorting is carried out automatically by a number of dedicated systems. Objects are sorted by various parameters, including color, size, shape, structure, chemical make-up, agricultural seeds, coffee, confectioneries, fruits, nuts, meat, and industrial minerals or precious metals. Globally, the optical sorter market is primarily driven by the increasing automation in industries that increases productivity and the growing need in the food industry to reduce the length of delivery and processing procedures. The market is also experiencing growth due to the strict government regulations regarding food security as well as the increased labor costs associated with these regulations. The market is becoming more competitive, with companies continually launching new products; for instance,  Satake USA announced the launch of the FMSR-IR optical sorter at Pack Expo Las Vegas in October 2020. Satake's FMSR-IR series combines Satake's latest RGB technology, IR imaging, and shape-sorting technologies in a single machine that removes unwanted materials like discoloration, foreign items, as well as irregular shapes from seeds and nuts. The TOMRA 3C optical sorting system was introduced by Tomara in May 2020, providing unparalleled sorting efficiency and yields.

In the global market, various factors drive demand. With Artificial Intelligence growing in almost every industrial sector as well as a variety of end-user industries, the global optical sorter market is experiencing high growth.  An optical sorter has numerous advantages, including increased productivity, quality commodities, and labor cost reduction. Other advances in technologies also contribute to the smooth operation of automated sorter systems, leading to higher market growth during the period under review.

Growth Factors:

  • Growing regulations in the food industry:

Optical sorters have been able to improve product quality, optimize yield, and recognize various processing aspects because of recent advancements in detector technology and intelligent software. Although optical sorters have made tremendous strides, manufacturers still face several challenges, mainly in the way that they are difficult to operate. These challenges are being met by new software developments that provide consumers with easy-to-use machines that control rejection specifications. The result is that optical machines are becoming more and more intelligent, along with being easier to use. There is a growing need for optical sorters in the food industry as delivery and processing times need to be reduced considerably to expand production capacity. Food safety is also becoming increasingly important to governments of different regions. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its food safety guidelines in October 2019 for state agencies that regulate food facilities that produce, process, pack, or store food. FSSAI officially announced the establishment of 27 new food quality standards and enforced the new standards in January 2019. In addition to the regulations regarding alcoholic beverages, food fortification, advertisements and claims, packaging, pesticide residues, and antibiotic tolerance limits, other important rules regulate pharmacologically active substances and medicinally active ingredients.

Furthermore, with an increasing demand for meat worldwide, production must also increase. Asia produces the majority of the world's meat. Pig and poultry are the most commonly produced types of meat, with sheep coming in last. By 2023, the world's meat consumption will increase by 1.4% annually. In the last decade, poultry production in Southeast Asia has grown by 56 percent, increasing from 5.9 million metric tons (MMT) in 2006 to 9.2 MMT in 2018, and is estimated to reach 12.3 MMT by 2028. Pork production in the region grew slower than the overall economy; it increased 23 percent between 2009 and 2018, and it's expected to grow 21 percent by 2028.  Optical sorters and systems have become essential in maintaining high food quality standards because of global meat production and demand. (Source: ers.usda.gov)


  • High cost:

The cost of optical sorting equipment is higher because it uses advanced technologies. However, optical sorters come at a high initial cost, which can deter potential end-users with controlled budgets even though they can help increase productivity and improve product quality. Since it is expensive initially, many users cannot afford to use it under tight budgets. As an advanced technology, this automated sorter system is expensive and therefore cannot be purchased by all, which hampers the market's growth.

COVID-19 Impact on Optical Sorter Market:

Fast-food outlets and restaurants have been shut down nationwide due to nationwide lockdowns, resulting in the disruption of consumers' shopping habits. Therefore, food companies, including TOMRA Food, are approaching vegetable processors to expand their reach into the COVID-19 pandemic. It is taking steps toward explaining how the latest sorting technologies can help solve operational issues that have been worsened or caused by the pandemic by launching an information campaign and sharing online advice for plant managers, production managers, process engineers, and quality managers. By virtue of this, optical sorting and steam peeling machines are being highlighted, along with other technologies likely to help during the pandemic.


  • By Product
    • MIR Sorter
    • NIR Sorters
    • RGB Color Sorters
    • Others 
  • By Platform
    • Belt
    • Freefall
    • Lane
    • Hybrid
  • By Industry Vertical
    • Food & Beverage
    • Mining
    • Recycling
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Tobacco
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
      • Others
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Japan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global optical sorter market is expected to reach a total market size of US$4.491 billion in 2027.
Optical Sorter Market was valued at US$2.903 billion in 2020.
The optical sorter market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.53% over the forecast period.
The global optical sorter market has been segmented by product, platform, industry vertical, and geography.
Globally, the optical sorter market is primarily driven by the increasing automation in industries that increases productivity and the growing need in the food industry to reduce the length of delivery and processing processes.
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.4. The Threat of New Entrants
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. MIR Sorter
5.3. NIR Sorter
5.4. RGB Color Sorter
5.5. Others

6.1. Introduction
6.2. Belt
6.3. Freefall
6.4. Lane
6.5. Hybrid 

7.1. Introduction
7.2. Food and Beverage
7.3. Recycling
7.4. Pharmaceutical
7.5. Tobacco

8.1. Introduction
8.2. North America
8.2.1. United States
8.2.2. Canada
8.2.3. Mexico
8.3. South America
8.3.1. Brazil
8.3.2. Argentina
8.3.3. Others
8.4. Europe
8.4.1. Germany
8.4.2. France
8.4.3. United Kingdom 
8.4.4. Spain 
8.4.5. Others
8.5. Middle East and Africa
8.5.1. Saudi Arabia
8.5.2. UAE
8.5.3. Israel
8.5.4. Others
8.6. Asia Pacific
8.6.1. China
8.6.2. India
8.6.3. South Korea
8.6.4. Taiwan
8.6.5. Thailand
8.6.6. Indonesia 
8.6.7. Japan
8.6.8. Others

9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
9.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

10.1. Tomra
10.2. Binder+Co AG
10.3. Greefa
10.5. Raytec Vision S.p.A.
10.6. CP Manufacturing, Inc
10.7. Sesotec GmbH
10.8. Buhler AG
10.9. Steinert GmbH
10.10. Duravant


Binder+Co AG



Raytec Vision S.p.A.

CP Manufacturing, Inc

Sesotec GmbH

Buhler AG

Steinert GmbH