Tomra Sorting Solutions in Dublin has opened a 3,500 sqm center of excellence for its food optical sorting and peeling business.
It is set to improve its research and development capabilities after moving to a new facility in Citywest, Dublin.
The investment in the new facility stands at approximately €2.1 million (US$3.93 million) and includes office, workshop and demonstration space as well as a peeling process development lab, an advanced optics lab and a sorting test facility.
Tomra Sorting Ltd. currently employs 60 people at its site in Citywest. Since the acquisition in 2011, the company has created approximately 28 highly skilled jobs in Ireland.
It also works with universities, sponsoring master’s students and providing student work experience each year.
Tomra Sorting Solutions Food was formed following the acquisition of Irish company Odenberg in 2011 and the Belgian company Best Sorting in June 2012, by Tomra.
The acquisitions united providers of sensor-based sorting and processing systems for the fresh and processed food industries.
Tomra Sorting Solutions Food offers more than 150 applications including potatoes, vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, seafood, nuts and seeds.
The Dublin office is responsible for the development of whole product sorting (potatoes, peaches, carrot, onions, etc.) and peeling equipment that increases yield, productivity and enhances food safety for the global food industry.