Ludwig Hatschek

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Portrait around 1900

Ludwig Hatschek (born October 9, 1856 in Těšetice (Töstitz) near Olomouc , Moravia ; † July 15, 1914 in Linz ) was an Austrian industrialist. He is known as the founder of the Eternit works in Vöcklabruck .


At the age of 10, Ludwig Hatschek and his family moved from Moravia to Linz. He attended commercial school and graduated from the brewery school in Weihenstephan near Munich. In addition to his later employment in his father's brewery, the Linz share brewery and malt factory , he went on extensive trips. Around 1890 he left his father's company and had his share of 100,000 guilders paid out. While he was looking for a new field of activity in Great Britain, his wife, the banker's daughter Rosa Würzburger, was looking for a suitable business location in Upper Austria. In 1893 a disused paper mill in Schöndorf near Vöcklabruck was bought. For this factory he bought used asbestos spinning machines from a burned down spinning mill in Lend . In the years that followed, he developed an incombustible roofing made of asbestos cement in the newly founded company , which he patented in 1900. In 1903 he gave the product he developed the brand name Eternit . Pipes were also produced as a result. The cement required for this came from a specially built cement factory in Pinsdorf from 1908 .

The once deserted sand pit on the Bauernberg was converted into a spacious park by Ludwig Hatschek between 1910 and 1913 at great expense and given to the city of Linz. In 1914 he was made an honorary citizen, in 1945 a street was named after him.

Ludwig Hatschek's gravestone in the Schöndorf Church in Vöcklabruck

From 1910 the life of the businessman appointed to the Imperial Council was determined by a serious illness. He also undertook numerous spa stays abroad. In July 1914 he finally died in his residence, the splendid Art Nouveau Hatschek villa in Linz.

In 1953, Hatschekgasse in Vienna- Donaustadt (22nd district) was named after him.

His son Hans Hatschek succeeded him at the top of the company.

On the Luisenhöhe near Haag am Hausruck , an annual plaque on the "Path of the Senses" reminds of Ludwig Hatschek's patent application for Eternit.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Otto Lueger : Lexicon of the entire technology and its auxiliary sciences . 2nd Edition. Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart and Leipzig 1920 ( [accessed on May 7, 2019] lexicon entry "Slate").

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