It is with great sadness that VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, Germany’s textile care association, said farewell to Reinhardt Veit, who died on December 30 at the age of 96. Reinhardt Veit founded Veit GmbH in 1956 which this year, celebrates it 66th anniversary and became known worldwide as a pioneer of professional ironing technology.
Reinhardt Veit used two innovations to set new technological standards for the sector in those days. The cold ironing technology he developed turned the formerly stationary units into flexible, stand-alone ironing tables with their own independent motors. Powerful suction made built-in heating units redundant and helped to significantly reduce energy consumption even then. Another novelty was the suction and blowing technology launched in 1969. The use of an air cushion finally allowed ironing of garments without any marks from seams and interlinings.
In 1990, he handed over the management to Günter Veit and since 2019, his son Christopher Veit, the grandson of Reinhardt, has been the group's main managing director.
Reinhardt Veit was chairman of VDMA TFL (then called the Garment and Leather Technology Association) from 1999 to 2002 and steered the Association very successfully into the new millennium. He was held in high esteem by the board, its members and its business partners around the world due to his positive, warm, compassionate and helpful manner. He was a man of firm principles and values and was known as a reliable business partner.
“We will always cherish Reinhardt Veit's memory,” said a spokesperson for the Association.
LCNi would like to join the rest of the industry in sending sincere condolences to Reinhardt Veit’s family at this sad time.