The Landsberger Family - Wacker Chemie AG


The Landsberger Family

Ten people, four generations, one employer: since 1923, there has always been at least one member of the Landsberger family working at WACKER Burghausen.

The Landsberger family has been working at WACKER for four generations: (from left) Hannes Landsberger, Annemarie Landsberger, Ursula Landsberger, Manfred Landsberger, Philipp Landsberger senior, Florian Landsberger, Felix Landsberger and Philipp Landsberger. Great-grandfather Philipp Landsberger, the Alz Canal pioneer, is pictured on the historical photo below.

Philipp Landsberger, who was 19 years old at the time, started the story in the 1920s. He walked all the way from his home town Regensburg to Burghausen, where a new canal was being built. The over 100 km long march was rewarded: Philip got a job as a builder on the canal. He was one of the pioneers who completed the Alz Canal by 1923 – the lifeblood of the up-and-coming Wacker Chemie.

When the canal was finished, the young man took a position as a foreman in WACKER’s carbide plant and settled in Burghausen. In 1928, his son Philipp was born. After the outbreak of the Second World War, Philipp junior was repeatedly told by his father: “For those who work hard there’s a hope they may not have to go to war.” He was indeed considered indispensable, and was spared going to the front.

Philipp Landsberger junior initially did an apprenticeship as a carpenter and started at WACKER in the autumn of 1945. Like his father, he was a foreman, first in the loading station for copper lime, later in silane processing. His wife Annemarie raised their four children. When the children were old enough, she too took up employment at WACKER in 1972, as a commercial employee at Chemitronic, the forerunner of today’s Siltronic.

Of the four Landsberger children, one took a job at the post office, another at the Burghausen town council. “Since my brother Manfred and I were good with our hands,” relates the third Philipp Landsberger, born in 1955, “it seemed obvious to use this talent – of course at WACKER.” Philip started off with an apprenticeship as a fitter, and since 1973 has been responsible for the maintenance of some 2,000 industrial scales.

Philipp Landsberger, pictured here at the center holding a mug and a canister, once walked 100 kilometers to get work building the new Alz Canal.

“Initially, there were only mechanical scales,” recalls Philipp Landsberger, “but from 1980 they have been gradually replaced by electronic scales. The scales used to last 15 years, but now every three years a new model with more sophisticated features appears on the market.” For Philipp Landsberger this means regularly attending training courses. His brother Manfred also works in Corporate Engineering, but in the main workshop where he is responsible for the maintenance of gearboxes and compressors. Philipp's wife Ursula has also belonged to the WACKER family since 1977. She now works part-time as a commercial employee at Siltronic.

Philipp and Manfred Landsberger each have two sons who represent the fourth generation at WACKER: Manfred’s son Florian, 29, began in 2007 as a plant operator, while his brother Felix, 27, started three years later as a production worker. Phillip’s sons Christopher, 27, and Hannes, 21, have been working on and off as student employees at WACKER for several years.

“WACKER has many different areas you can work in, is a large and secure employer – and, in addition, we can all cycle to work,” says Philipp Landsberger. This appreciation of WACKER’s advantages as an employer has, of course, been passed down from one generation to the next. But: “Our fathers never put pressure on us – we all joined WACKER of our own accord.”

The extended family meets regularly on birthdays and at Christmas. “On these occasions, the younger folk don’t really discuss WACKER,” reports Philipp Landsberger, “but my parents do ask how things are going at the company.” And they all, both the older and the younger family members, share a common hope: “We all hope that WACKER will still be around in 200 years’ time,” says Philip Landsberger.