Dr. Ludwig Kayser
Ludwig Kayser worked in the sugar industry for 40 years, his working left notable marks in South Germany. Closely linked to his name are the redevelopment of the West German sugar industry and the consequential expansion of sugar beet cultivation and construction of new plants in southern Germany.
Dr. Ludwig Kayser.
Born and raised in Leipzig, Kayser left school after the Abitur in 1915 and began his studies in chemistry at Leipzig University after World War I in 1919. In 1923, he obtained his doctorate (Dr. phil.).
After a brief job at the BASF (Badische Anilin- und Sodafabrik) in the Oppau plant he changed to the sugar industry. On 8 June 1924, Ludwig Kayser began working as chemist at the refinery Frankenthal/Palatinate. After the foundation of the Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft in 1926 by the sugar factory companies Frankenthal (Zuckerfabrik Regensburg had been part of the company since 1919), Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Offstein and Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation (Baden company for sugar production), Kayser transferred as assistant manager to the Zuckerfabrik Regensburg in 1928. In 1930, he became plant manager in the Zuckerfabrik Stuttgart, two years later he was appointed plant director in Heilbronn and returned to Stuttgart as plant director in 1934.
On 4 November 1948, Kayser was appointed to the executive board of Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft. His main scope of tasks were the removal of damages and consequences of the war, access to the modern development of sugar technology and increase in capacity of the Südzucker plants. This included the growth of sugar beet cultivation in South Germany involving the expansion of existing plants and the construction of new sugar factories.
He was instrumental in planning and constructing the new sugar factories in Ochsenfurt (1951/52) and Rain (1956/57). In total he worked in the Stuttgart plant for 16 years and for another 16 years from 1948 on in the executive board of the headquarters in Mannheim.
The Südzucker vacation home in Wertach was named after him. There still is a portrait in the TV room and a visitor’s book with a personal note on occasion of the opening.
Südzucker vacation home in Wertach.
In the business Kayser acquired renown as vice president of the Commission internationale technique de sucrerie (C.I.T.S.). In the German sugar industry Kayser was a member of the board of directors of the Verein der Zuckerindustrie (sugar industry association) and diverse committees, deputy member of the restricted and extended board of the Wirtschaftliche Vereinigung Zucker (WVZ) as well as member of the supervisory and administrative boards.
He was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.