Optical Sorter Market Report Scope & Overview:

Optical Sorter Market Size was valued at USD 2.53 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 5.46 billion by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of 10.1% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Using laser beams and a camera, the process of sorter solid products with a dedicated system set is called an optical sorter. This automatic filter helps to filter out a number of foods such as seafood, meat, whole grains, fruits, sour bread, coffee, and agricultural seeds. Not only does it contain food, but it also helps to recycle materials such as paper, metal, natural waste, plastic, and other compounds such as mining metals and industrial minerals. Applying this filtering method reduces labor costs.

Optical Sorter Market Revenue Analysis

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  • Increasing focus on automation for increasing productivity.

  • Food processing activities are being more widely adopted in the food Industry.


  • Huge initial capital investment for application of sorting system.


  • Technological advancements in detection and simplicity of use.

  • Rising demand for optical sorters.


  • Sorting plastic waste is more difficult.


COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the global economy as well as all industries. To stop the plague from spreading, governments in several countries have established borders. The initial phase of the epidemic's global shutdown in many countries has had a significant influence on people's lives and quality of life. As a result, the global supply chain has been shattered. The global economy has shrunk as commodity demand has decreased considerably. Due to the outbreak, which has caused a lack of immature materials, production in all industries has been slowed. Productivity declines are caused by variables such as depreciation and supply chain disruption. 

The global epidemic of COVID 19 has affected a large number of people. Many people have lost their lives as a result of this global epidemic. It has affected the flexibility and growth of several industries. During the closure period, various industrial operations of end users were suspended which led to a reduction in the market demand for optical sorter which resulted in a decrease in sales revenue. Supply chain networks are also disrupted which has led to a decline in interest rates.

However, the optical sorter market is expected to recover from this global epidemic by strategizing according to market needs.

By Type, the Optical Sorter market is divided into Cameras, Near-Infrared, Lasers, Hyperspectral cameras & Combined Sorters, among Other, Hyperspectral cameras & Combined Sorters have high demand in the market. The market for hyperspectral cameras and integrated filters is expected to grow at a very high CAGR during the forecast period and share the second largest optical sorter market share. This technology creates FM (foreign goods) and/or EVM (extraneous vegetable matter) at very low disposal rates, resulting in high efficiency. Hyperspectral cameras are used to identify unique fingerprints of an object. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has been used in a variety of applications and industries, including the discovery of rock minerals in aerial photographs and the discovery of foreign objects in food processing. Quality testing, hyperspectral imaging is gradually becoming an effective or additional alternative to X-rays, RGB cameras, and 3D models. Integrated filters, on the other hand, integrate a variety of filtering technologies to achieve optimal filtering quality.

By Platform, the Optical Sorter market is divided into Lane, Freefall, Belt, Hybrid and other. The optical sorter market in North America is expected to meet highest share during forecast. North America is a leading region in the optical sorter market due to the growing popularity of filters in the food industry. This growth can be attributed to factors such as population growth, technological advances, growing industries, strong manufacturing sectors, and a complete increase in the need for automation. In North America, automatic filtration is an important technology in many food processing operations. The existence of strict food safety laws is another factor driving the growth of this market. Recycling is one of the most widely used areas in North America, due to its focus on waste management in the US. The growth of the North American market is also driven by the existing mining infrastructure in the region. The US is one of the countries where automation in the food, recycling, and mining industries contributes to the need for optical sorter.

By Application, the optical market is divided into Recycling, Food, Mining, and other.



  • Cameras

  • Near-Infrared

  • Lasers

  • Hyperspectral cameras & Combined Sorters

  • Other


  • Lane

  • Freefall

  • Belt

  • Hybrid


  • Recycling

  • Food

  • Mining

Optical Sorter Market Segmentation Analysis

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The optical sorter market is divided worldwide based on the region of North America, the European region, the Asia-Pacific region, the Latin American region, and the Middle East and Africa region. The largest market share in the optical sorter market worldwide is held by the North American region due to the increasing use of automatic food filtering technology to drive market demand in the region.

The largest market share in the optical sorter market worldwide is occupied by a European region due to increased technological advances and technological planning to be one of them. The presence of stable technical infrastructure is another contributing factor.

As a fast-growing region, the third largest market share in the optical sorter market is occupied by the Asia-Pacific region due to the presence of high-density countries such as China and India which drive market demand in the region. In addition, Japan is one of the leading manufacturers of optical sorters and that is why it is driving the market demand. The presence of different manufacturing companies combined with the large amount of revenue available to each individual creates a great need in the region at the predicted time.

The small market share is dominated by the Latin American region and the Middle East region and Africa due to the existence of low infrastructure in both regions. Low per capita income is another contributing factor to market growth in these regions.


  • North America

    • USA

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • The Netherlands

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • The Middle East & Africa

    • Israel

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America


The key players in the Optical Sorter Market are Raytec Vision., CP Manufacturing, Sesotec GmbH, Buhler Group, GREEFA, Allgaier Werke Group, BINDER GmbH, STEINERT Global, Pellence ST, National Recovery Technologies, NEWTEC, TOMRA Systems, SATAKE Group, Key Technologies Inc. and Other players.

CP Manufacturing-Company Financial Analysis

Company Landscape Analysis

Optical Sorter Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 2.53 Billion
Market Size by 2030 US$ 5.46 Billion
CAGR CAGR of 10.1% From 2023 to 2030
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2020-2021
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • By Type (Cameras, Near-Infrared, Lasers, Hyperspectral Cameras & Combined Sorters, Other)
• By Platform (Lane, Freefall, Belt, Hybrid)
• By Application (Recycling, Food, Mining)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe
(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands,
Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea,
China, India, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), The
Middle East & Africa (Israel, UAE, South Africa,
Rest of Middle East & Africa), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles Raytec Vision., CP Manufacturing, Sesotec GmbH, Buhler Group, GREEFA, Allgaier Werke Group, BINDER GmbH, STEINERT Global, Pellence ST, National Recovery Technologies, NEWTEC, TOMRA Systems, SATAKE Group, Key Technologies Inc. and Other players
Key Drivers • Increasing focus on automation for increasing productivity.
• Food processing activities are being more widely adopted in the food Industry.
Restraints • Huge initial capital investment for application of sorting system.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Optical Sorter Market size was valued at 2.3 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 10.1%.

Increasing focus on automation for increasing productivity, and Food processing activities are being more widely adopted in the food Industry are the driving factors of the Optical Sorter Market.

Yes, and they are Raw material vendors, Distributors/traders/wholesalers/suppliers, Regulatory authorities, including government agencies and NGO, Commercial research & development (R&D) institutions, Importers and exporters, Government organizations, research organizations, and consulting firms, Trade/Industrial associations, End-use industries.

Manufacturers, Consultants, Association, Research Institutes, private and university libraries, suppliers, and distributors of the product.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions

2. Research Methodology

3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges

4. Impact Analysis

4.1 COVID-19 Impact Analysis

4.2 Impact of Ukraine- Russia war

4.3 Impact of ongoing Recession

4.3.1 Introduction

4.3.2 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World

5. Value Chain Analysis

6. Porter’s 5 forces model

7.  PEST Analysis


8. Optical Sorter Market Segmentation, by Type


8.2 Cameras

8.3 Near-Infrared

8.4 Lasers

8.5 Hyperspectral cameras & Combined Sorters

8.6 Other

9. Optical Sorter Market Segmentation, by Platform

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Lane

9.3 Freefall

9.4 Belt

9.5 Hybrid

10. Optical Sorter Market Segmentation, by Application

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Recycling

10.3 Food

10.4 Mining

11. Regional Analysis

11.1 Introduction

11.2 North America

11.2.1 USA

11.2.2 Canada

11.2.3 Mexico

11.3 Europe

11.3.1 Germany

11.3.2 UK

11.3.3 France

11.3.4 Italy

11.3.5 Spain

11.3.6 The Netherlands

11.3.7 Rest of Europe

11.4 Asia-Pacific

11.4.1 Japan

11.4.2 South Korea

11.4.3 China

11.4.4 India

11.4.5 Australia

11.4.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

11.5 The Middle East & Africa

11.5.1 Israel

11.5.2 UAE

11.5.3 South Africa

11.5.4 Rest

11.6 Latin America

11.6.1 Brazil

11.6.2 Argentina

11.6.3 Rest of Latin America

12 Company Profiles

12.1 Key Technologies Inc.

12.1.1 Financial

12.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

12.1.3 SWOT Analysis

12.1.4 The SNS view

12.2 Raytec Vision

12.3 CP Manufacturing

12.4 Sesotec GmbH

12.5 Buhler Group


12.7 Allgaier Werke Group

12.8 BINDER GmbH

12.9 STEINERT Global

12.10 Pellence ST

12.11 National Recovery Technologies

12.12 NEWTEC

12.13 TOMRA Systems

12.14 SATAKE Group

12.15 Other

13 Competitive Landscape

13.1 Competitive Benchmark

13.2 Market Share analysis

13.3 Recent Developments

14 Conclusion

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Primary Research

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