The Route Master - Wacker Chemie AG


The Route Master

Every day, thousands of employees get to work at the Burghausen site punctually, in comfort and with minimal environmental impact – by taking the bus. WACKER has provided a shuttle bus service for the workforce at its main plant for more than 65 years. This huge logistical operation is run by Alois Moick.

Alois Moick organizes the shuttle bus service at the Burghausen site – and, as such, the “Route Master” heads up a major logistical operation.

The convoy sets off at 16:10 sharp. Bus Number 1 is the first to hit the road heading towards Austria. 37 large coaches follow it in a long convoy snaking from the bus parkway to the the site’s West Gate. Less than five minutes later and the whole thing is over. The parkway lies empty in the afternoon sun – and a large proportion of WACKER employees are on their way home.

Half of the site’s employees use the shuttle service. “From shift workers to doctors,” explains Alois Moick with pride. The 59-year-old is master of bus routes and timetables. Hence his nickname at work: the Route Master. Of course, Alois Moick takes the bus to work himself. As he has done for 44 years.

Originally after leaving school, Moick completed an apprenticeship as a fitter. He went on to work as a fitter and welder at the Burghausen site. Later, he was a long-term serving member of the employee council. He has been in charge of the bus service since 1999. For Moick, it’s a matter close to the heart: “My father was a truck driver, large vehicles have always fascinated me,” he explains.

In Alois Moick’s office a large map hangs on the wall. The stops on each route are marked with pins and woolen thread.

Since then Moick has become something of a business within a business. So that WACKER could obtain a license for the bus service, the good-natured Bavarian with a gray mustache had to pass an exam to qualify as a professional bus operator. Today he submits new route plans to the relevant authorities and plans new bus stops. He also handles the health and safety training for the 280 drivers from 10 different bus companies driving for WACKER. On top of that, he is the one who works out schedule changes whenever routes are disrupted due to road works. Two years ago, the redevelopment of the B12 cost the man in charge of the buses a few gray hairs, he says with a wry smile.

Planning his routes over the years, Alois Moick has also gained a good sense of the structural changes across the region. “Half of all apprentices used to come from Austria,” he says. “At the end of the year, two routes into the more remote areas of Austria will be discontinued,” explains Moick. “The older workers are retiring and in the meantime, young people have found well-paid jobs locally and don't necessarily have to come over to Bavaria like they used to,” he says. Instead, a growing number of employees have started commuting to WACKER from Lower Bavaria.

In Moick’s office a large map hangs on the wall. Each route and its stops is marked with pins and a woolen thread. These comfortable coaches drive up to 50 kilometers to pick up members of staff. “Consequently, the bus should run smoothly and quietly and be equipped with proper air conditioning,” says Alois Moick. “After all, most of the shift workers would like to catch a few more minutes’ sleep in the morning.”