Another Princess Discovers ClearShield® Glass Protection!

Ritec Marine Services (RMS) in the Netherlands – the specialists in the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of marine glass – is proud to use the ClearShield Eco-System® to ensure the glass is treated prior to Discovery Princess’s maiden voyage in Spring 2022.

RMS staff are experts in renovating the glass during the ship’s construction stage. They first removed contaminants such as paint splatter, silicone, protective foil from the glass, then gave it a deep clean with specialist Ritec renovation products. With the glass now chemically cleaned, they then sealed it with award-winning durable Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ protection. This upgraded the glass to ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists staining from harsh sea salts and other contaminants whilst in service. As a result, crew have a better view from the bridge (maximising visibility and therefore safety) and passengers enjoy unspoilt views from their cabins.

A massive 17,500m2 of exterior glass was treated by RMS on the Discovery Princess. She is the sixth Royal-class ship for Princess Cruises built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, all of which too have had glass upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

For more information about Ritec Marine Services, visit www.ritecservices.nl/marine.

Ritec Retrospective: Museo Enzo Ferrari, Italy

AST (Advanced Surface Technologies) is Ritec International’s Marketing Partner for Italy. Based in Milan, they have many years of experience with the ClearShield Eco-System®, upgrading ordinary glass to ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

One of the most famous names to come out of Italy is of course Ferrari. This legendary name encapsulates prestige, passion, performance at the highest level and success. It is no surprise therefore that the ClearShield Eco-System®, with its own track record of proven performance, was specified to protect the glass façade of the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena. This museum is the brainchild of the “Fondazione Casa Natale di Enzo Ferrari – Museo” (Enzo Ferrari Home & Museum Foundation), whose aim is to promote the Modena region’s rich motoring tradition.

With its roof shaped like a gigantic sportscar bonnet, the futuristic museum building celebrates the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the eponymous sports car marque. Inside is a permanent exhibition displaying some of Ferrari’s most noteworthy automobiles, including rare cars from the 1950s, Formula One racing cars and more recent sports cars.

The museum’s entire glass façade (almost 500m2) was treated on-site with ClearShield® during its construction in 2011 by AST. ClearShield® – the protective element of the ClearShield Eco-System® – is a unique glass surface treatment that upgrades ordinary glass surfaces to ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is always easier to clean and keep clean. This helps to maintain the general pristine appearance of the museum.

Because ClearShield® keeps glass looking like new for longer, this special ‘non-stick’ protection is perfect for use in museums and showrooms.

For more information about ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk. To find out more about AST, visit www.astonweb.it.

Ritec Going Greener!

We are delighted to announce our transition to PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic packaging for our core product lines. This already makes up over 60% of our product range.

The main benefit of using PCR plastics is that it is a more sustainable, eco-friendly solution. PCR plastics can be re-used a number of times before introducing virgin polymer. By reusing plastic that is readily available, PCR packaging helps to reduce plastic waste going to landfill and supports a circular economy.

Over the next few months, we will be introducing more PCR plastic to our product range with the aim of 100% transition by the middle of next year.

Ritec is making this transition as we continuously strive for environmental sustainability in all aspects of our operations. To view Ritec’s Environmental Policy, please click here: www.ritec.co.uk/environmental-policy.

OverflateXperten Bigs Up ClearShield® at Bygg Reis Deg Show!

Stein Solli (OverflateXperten’s Company Owner) and Asbjørn Uglum (ClearShield® Applicator)

OverflateXperten, based in Norway, is Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner for that region. They possess 30 years of experience with the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass. Ordinary glass treated with the System is upgraded to ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® which protects the surface from dirt and other contaminants.

The ClearShield Eco-System® benefits specifiers and contractors as it can save time and help reduce costly delays by protecting the glass surface from stubborn contaminants during the construction phase. And once the building is complete, ClearShield® benefits its occupants (optimised clarity and light transmittance) and maintenance crews (easier cleaning). OverflateXperten wanted to promote the benefits of ClearShield® to specifiers and contractors so the Bygg Reis Deg show was the perfect platform.

Located in Lillestrøm, this international trade show attracts over 40,000 visitors including construction professionals. OverflateXperten recently exhibited at the show and was not disappointed.

On the OverflateXperten stand was the Ritec ‘Mud Dome’ demonstration. Mud is automatically sprayed in an enclosed half treated glass ‘dome’, with the mud effortlessly rolling off the ClearShield-treated half. This clearly shows the ‘non-stick’ action of ClearShield Eco-Glass® surface unlike the untreated half.

OverflateXperten, with the aid of the mud dome demonstration and ‘before and after’ photos, communicated the many benefits of ClearShield Eco-Glass® to visitors. As a result, many companies were interested in specifying ClearShield® for future projects. In addition, glass already contaminated can also benefit as the System’s Renovation process brings glass back to its ‘as-new’ appearance. A high level of interest was shown at this proven and effective service.

For consumers at the show, OverflateXperten was also promoting Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits for domestic windows and shower glass. These proved to be very popular and consumers will discover, once applied, just how much easier it is to clean those surfaces.

Mr Stein Solli, OverflateXperten’s Company Owner, commented: “This year’s Bygg Reis Deg has been great for OverflateXperten. The target audience, that is, specifiers and contractors, is just perfect for ClearShield and we were able to get across the numerous benefits. We already secured some on-site projects as a result of being at the show, which is a fantastic outcome. In addition, we sold plenty of other Ritec products to end consumers including DIY kits, After-Care products and Limescale Remover, so that was a bonus”.

Proven Ritecoat System™ Revitalises Powder Coating

Luxembourg House, located at 1 Hoge Schouw in Breda, the Netherlands, consists of office rooms available for rental. However, the powder coating on this building was in need of rejuvenation due to discolouration caused by UV light.

Locally-based Ritec Services (a subsidiary of Ritec International in the UK) was subcontracted by Van Seeters, a painting and glazing company to handle this job.

Ritec Services used the unique Ritecoat System™ to renovate and then protect the powder coating, restoring its ‘as-new’ appearance. This System makes the treated surface ‘non-stick’, easy clean and resistant to many kinds of contaminants including dirt, moisture, building run-off and graffiti. 

The versatile Ritecoat System™ provides durable protection on a range of surfaces in addition to powder coatings, including metals and plastics. The time and effort required to maintain these surfaces are reduced yet preserve a long-lasting pristine look in between cleaning cycles.

Such is the trusted quality of both products and services provided by Ritec Services, Luxembourg House is the fourth building contract awarded by Van Seeters, covering 1,000m2 of surfaces treated.

Stefan Roelands, General Manager of Ritec Services, commented: “We have had a strong working relationship with Van Seeters for almost three years now. We have carried out several projects together and there’s more coming up, we are just waiting for the green light from the building owners. We also recommend customers each other’s skills. Van Seeters also sell shower doors and we apply the ClearShield Eco-System for them, making the glass ‘non-stick’, easy clean and resistant to limescale”.

Professional ClearShield® Application Just Got Even Quicker with QuickSpray 300™!

Introducing QuickSpray 300™, the fastest ever way to apply Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean protection on glass surfaces!

This is in response to industry demand for a cost-effective yet quick and simple method of applying award-winning ClearShield® protection onto new glass.

QuickSpray 300™ is available in kit form which includes the 300ml QuickSpray 300™ refillable spray applicator, 500ml of non-flammable Ritec ClearShield® protective surface treatment and 300ml of Ritec Clean-All, an after-care product.

As the name suggests, QuickSpray 300™ allows glass professionals to simply pick up the spray applicator and quickly apply Ritec ClearShield® in their own premises. This makes it ideal for smaller sized or smaller quantities of glass, or for infrequent users of ClearShield®. For those who have never tried ClearShield® before, the QuickSpray 300™ kit allows users to try it out with minimal financial risk. Should there be a need to adapt to greater volumes of production, semi- and fully-automatic application methods are available.

As a special launch offer, we are giving a 15% discount on QuickSpray 300™ kits until 10 December 2021, offering even better value!

With over 40 years of proven experience, Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment upgrades ordinary glass surfaces to ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This special type of glass has many benefits:

• Resists staining and discolouration
• Makes ordinary, unprotected glass easier to clean and keep clean
• Glass looks like new for longer
• Improves hygiene, as it is independently proven to resist the adherence of bacteria

In today’s hygiene-conscious times, and because Ritec ClearShield® resists bacterial adhesion, QuickSpray 300™ is perfect for use on glass sneeze screens.

Ritec ClearShield® works on both new clear float and sandblasted glass, as long as there is not already a coating on the surface. As with all Ritec ClearShield® methods of application, it is safe to apply as it is non-flammable and not classified as hazardous. The QuickSpray 300™ spray applicator is non-pressurised, propellant-free and ozone friendly. Unlimited shelf-life on product refills, available directly from Ritec, ensures there is no product wastage.

Contact us now if you are interested in QuickSpray 300™!

RitecRetrospective: Citigroup Centre, Sydney, Australia

Citigroup Centre is a 243-metre (797 ft) skyscraper located in Sydney, Australia. Upon completion in 2000, it was the 8th tallest building in the country and is the second-tallest in the city when measured to its spire.

Built by Multiplex Constructions, Citigroup Centre was completed just a week before the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Because Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy clean glass surface protection was specified prior to construction, this was factory-applied in Brisbane by G. James Glass and Aluminium while quality assurance was carried out by Hi-Tec, a glass structure specialist.

ClearShield® application prior to installation proved to be a masterstroke, as the rest of the façade was made of exfoliated granite and any rainwater run-off was removed with minimum effort during the construction clean-down, also carried out by Hi-Tec. This saved time and helped to reduce delays. Beyond Day One, ClearShield® helps to save time during cleaning and the glass looks like new between cleaning cycles.

For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

RitecRetrospective: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport, unofficially referred to as Bangkok Airport, is one of the biggest international airports in Southeast Asia and a regional hub for aviation. It is the 17th busiest airport in the world, eleventh busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country. It also serves as a major air cargo hub.

Prior to the airport’s opening in 2006, award-winning Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy clean glass surface protection was specified.

Ritec ClearShield® is a unique glass surface treatment. It was applied to some 100,000m² of new glass prior to the airport’s construction, helping to protect against harsh contaminants such as cement, concrete and construction dust as well as any run-off during installation. As the treated glass meant any contamination was easier to remove from the glass, it helped reduce costs and delays during its construction.

As ClearShield® has proven durability, the treated glass resisted staining from jet exhaust fumes and other contaminants as well as remaining easier to clean for many years after the airport’s opening.

For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

RitecRetrospective: The Lloyd’s Building, UK

The iconic Lloyd’s Building is home to Lloyd’s of London, one of the world’s oldest and most popular insurance markets.

Officially opened in November 1986 by HM The Queen, the Lloyd’s Building is located in London’s financial district. It is an example of Bowellism architecture with its lifts, staircases and most of the piping exposed outside to maximise interior space.

During routine inspections in the early 1990s, the building owners found that paint on the frame around the barrel vaulted atrium was shedding and plating onto the glass. This adhered to the surface, making effective cleaning extremely difficult. A long-term solution had to be found.

In 1991, the atrium glass was successfully renovated and protected with the ClearShield System® in situ. This upgraded the glass surface for ‘non-stick’, easy-clean performance. As a result, any paint flakes landing on the glass protected with ClearShield® were easily wiped off and conventional cleaning methods were still sufficient to maintain the pristine appearance of the glass.

ClearShield® protection was so successful that other glass areas of the Lloyd’s building were treated. This included façade areas and glazing to the external wallclimber lifts.

The Lloyd’s Building’s Facilities Manager said, “We are very impressed with the ClearShield System, it has been extremely beneficial to our facilities management operation and we intend to carry on with the aftercare regime”.

For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Big 5 Construction Show = Big Success for 5ive Stars Trading Company!

Despite Covid-19, the recent Big 5 Construction Show in Egypt was still deemed to be a big success for Ritec International’s regional Marketing Partner, 5ive Stars Trading Company!

Many of the MENA region’s top developers and contractors were in attendance and visited 5ive Stars’s stand to discover more about the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance. Visitors from Europe and South America also stopped by the 5ive Star stand.

Visitors were amazed with the ClearShield® mud dome demonstrations which showed how much easier mud runs off ClearShield® treated glass compared to ordinary unprotected glass. Interest was so high in fact that 5ive Stars had quickly arranged a month’s worth of appointments to present how ClearShield® can work for them, no matter where they are in the glass supply chain.

Ali Saafan, Operations Manager at 5ive Stars, commented: “This exhibition was the real launch of Ritec ClearShield in Egypt since we resumed work again in March due to the corona situation. This platform has been perfect for us to promote ClearShield ‘non-stick’, easy clean glass to consultants, developers and end users. It gave us the opportunity to highlight the many benefits of ClearShield to a targeted audience, from its stain-resistance qualities that ensure a long-lasting pristine look to its hygiene benefits as it resists bacterial adhesion. The show has been such a success for us that we will be back exhibiting next year!”

For more information about Ritec ClearShield, visit www.ritec.co.uk.