Tessenderlo Group

Tessenderlo Group is a multinational industrial group that was founded in Tessenderlo, Belgium, in 1919 as Produits Chimiques de Tessenderloo. The group's areas of business include the production, trading and marketing of crop nutrients and crop protection products, animal by-product processing, and industrial services. Tessenderlo Group is traded on the Euronext Brussels stock exchange.

Tessenderlo Group
Type of businessPublic company
Founded1919 (1919)
HeadquartersTessenderlo, Belgium
Key peopleStefaan Haspeslagh (Chairman of the board of directors), Luk Tack (CEO
RevenueIncrease 1,657.3 billion (2017)[1]
Employees4,547 (end 2017)[1]

On Wednesday, 29 April 1942, an enormous explosion of ammonium nitrate destroyed the entire Produits Chimiques de Tessenderloo factory and much of the surrounding town of Tessenderlo. In the incident, 189 people lost their lives and more than 900 were injured. The factory was later rebuilt in the same place, a very controversial decision.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2017" (PDF). Tessenderlo Group. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  2. ^ Goeman, Thierry (2017-04-29). "Vergeten ramp van Tessenderlo kostte 75 jaar geleden aan 190 mensen het leven" [Forgotten Tessenderlo disaster 75 years ago killed 190 people]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Mediahuis. Retrieved 2019-02-04.