Terval was founded in 1981 on Monsin Island in Liège. Its initial vocation was to reclaim slag heaps (which inspired the company’s name). In the first half of the 1980s, Dirk Schmidt-Holzmann and Benoît Blondiau joined forces against the backdrop of the closure of European coal mines.
At the time, many industrial companies were equipped with coal-fired boilers or furnaces and needed new alternatives for their supplies. Terval has responded to this demand by developing the processing and distribution of imported coal (from South Africa in particular).
Over the years, the company has made continuous investments to equip itself with first-rate equipment for screening, crushing, mixing, homogenizing and washing coal.
At the end of the 1990s, Terval set up a subsidiary in France to further extend its range of activities by increasing its presence in a number of major French ports.
Terval not only markets steam coal, but also anthracite, petroleum coke and, later, micronized coal.
As a long-standing partner to the cement industry, Terval also specializes in the marketing and preparation of calcium sulfates and iron oxides.
Creation of a subsidiary in Germany, now called Terval GmbH.
Aware of the challenges of the ecological transition, Terval continues to invest in its terminal, acquiring additional land and building new hangars to extend its area to 15 hectares and provide 25,000 m² of covered storage space.
New investments are also equipping the company with a highly efficient train loading station, enabling it to once again become a leading tri-modal logistics platform.
Terval is accelerating the diversification of its energy portfolio by developing the biomass and wood markets in particular.