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.