Sorting Equipment Market Set to Surpass US$ 8.9 Billion by 2033, Sustained Growth Expected from 2023 to 2033

The sorting equipment Market report, unveiled by Future Market Insights—an ESOMAR Certified Market Research and Consulting Firm—presents invaluable insights and meticulous analysis of the sorting equipment market. Encompassing the research’s scope and essence, this report scrupulously examines the driving factors, market size, and predictive data for sorting equipment. It furnishes intricate revenue and shipment segmentations, accompanied by a decade-long projection up to 2033. Additionally, the document evaluates key industry players, their market distribution, the competitive scenario, and regional perspectives.

The global sorting equipment market, distinguished for its continual innovation and operational efficiency, experienced a notable zenith in 2022, achieving a remarkable valuation of US$ 3.9 billion. Projections for the upcoming decade reveal a dynamic landscape, poised to unlock an incremental opportunity estimated at US$ 4.16 billion by the conclusion of 2032. Anticipated trends indicate a substantial surge in demand for cutting-edge sorting equipment, reaching a formidable valuation of US$ 8.9 billion by 2033, reflecting an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.9% over the forecast period spanning from 2023 to 2033.

What propels this noteworthy ascension? A closer examination sheds light on the pivotal drivers catalyzing this extraordinary trajectory, concurrently highlighting the potential challenges that lie ahead within this evolving industry.

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Driving Factors:

  1. Automation Revolution: The global market is witnessing a paradigm shift towards automation across industries. Sorting equipment, driven by advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), is at the forefront of this revolution. Businesses are increasingly adopting automated sorting solutions to enhance productivity and precision in their operations.
  2. E-commerce Boom: The explosive growth of e-commerce has led to an unprecedented demand for sorting equipment. In a world where same-day delivery and customer satisfaction are paramount, efficient sorting processes are non-negotiable. Sorting equipment ensures the seamless flow of goods, enabling e-commerce giants to meet and exceed customer expectations.
  3. Sustainability Imperative: The global push towards sustainability has thrust sorting equipment into the limelight. As environmental consciousness grows, efficient waste sorting and recycling become vital. Sorting equipment plays a pivotal role in optimizing recycling processes, reducing waste, and conserving valuable resources.
  4. Global Supply Chain Optimization: Sorting equipment streamlines supply chain logistics, reducing errors and bottlenecks. In an interconnected world, where supply chains span continents, the need for efficient sorting has never been greater. Businesses are turning to advanced sorting solutions to ensure the smooth flow of goods and minimize disruptions.


  1. Cost Barriers: While the benefits of sorting equipment are undeniable, the initial investment can be substantial. Many businesses, especially smaller enterprises, may face financial constraints in adopting these technologies. Striking a balance between cost and long-term gains remains a challenge.
  2. Technical Complexity: Implementing and maintaining advanced sorting equipment can be technically demanding. Businesses must invest in staff training and technical support to ensure optimal performance. Overcoming the learning curve can be a hurdle for some organizations.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: The sorting equipment industry operates in a heavily regulated environment, especially in waste management and recycling. Staying compliant with evolving regulations and standards is an ongoing challenge that requires vigilance and adaptability.

Key Takeaways:

Automation and Robotics:

  • Automation and robotics will play a pivotal role in enhancing the reliability of sorting equipment.
  • Industries such as manufacturing, logistics, and agriculture are exploring advanced technologies like robotic arms, drones, and autonomous vehicles for sorting tasks.
  • Automated sorting equipment is poised to become a cost-effective alternative to manual sorting, especially in regions facing rising labor costs.

Machine Learning and AI:

  • Machine learning and AI algorithms will continue to advance sorting equipment’s capabilities.
  • These technologies not only reduce errors and optimize sorting processes but also enable quicker and more precise recognition and categorization of items in the market.

Internet of Things (IoT) Integration:

  • The future of sorting equipment will heavily rely on the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Connected devices and sensors will provide real-time data about the items being sorted, making sorting processes more dynamic and adaptive to the environment.

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Competitive Landscape 

Tomra, BarcoVision, Satake USA, MSS Inc., Raytec Vision, BoMill, Greefa, CP Manufacturing, and Meyer, among others, are a few of the dominant players in the sorting equipment market profiled in the full version of the report.

Prominent market players are keen on investing more in research and development efforts to produce novel and innovative products to expand their product portfolio. These businesses focus on launching new products. A few of these participants also employ various organic and inorganic growth strategies. Recently, for example, Glenmark Life Science, a pharmaceutical giant in India, announced an investment of US$ 78.7 million for doubling its drug production capacity in the next four years.

More Insights Into Sorting Equipment Market 

In its latest report, FMI offers an unbiased analysis of the global sorting equipment market, providing historical data from 2015 to 2020 and forecast statistics for 2022 to 2032. The report delivers a ten-year sales forecast, insightful breakdown of drivers, challenges, opportunities, trends, and segmentation of the market. To generate a complete understanding of the global market potential, growth, and scope, the market is segmented on the basis of  product type, end-use, and region.

According to reports, based on region, the sorting equipment market in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region will exhibit substantial growth. The target market in this region will dominate in the international space. Prevailing adoption of Industry 4.0 trends, increasing automation to lessen labor costs, and a rapidly expanding FMCG sector will fuel the growth of the sorting equipment market in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region. Eastern Europe will also demonstrate notable growth in the sorting equipment market. Thus, the growing adoption of automation, increasing demand from multiple industrial verticals, and the contribution of the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region will drive the growth of the sorting equipment market.

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Key Segments Profiled in the Sorting Equipment Market Survey

By Product Type:

  • Freefall Sorter
  • Channel Sorter
  • Automated Defect Removal (ADR)
  • Belt Sorters
  • Optical Sorter

By End Use:

  • Chemical Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Plastic Industry
  • Wood Industry
  • Agriculture Industry
  • Packaging Industry
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa

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About the Author

Ronak Shah

Associate Vice President at Future Market Insights is deeply committed to uncovering actionable insights for consumer and food and beverage players. She brings a unique blend of analysis, industry trends, and consumer behavior to put data into perspective.

What she makes out of data becomes a delight to read. She has authored many opinions, including for publications like Process Industry Informer and Spinal Surgery News, as she understands the market pulse and consumers' shifting preferences.

She likes to bring experts to a roundtable to weigh the impact of a trend on an industry. Catch up with her discussion on the impact of AI in packaging.

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