With our continuous commitment towards combatting climate change and improving the way we operate within the workplace, Ritec International are pleased to announce we have become carbon neutral in 2022.
This impressive achievement was undertaken with the online platform Carbon Footprint™, a simple method of calculating an organisation’s carbon footprint and providing advice on how to reduce it. By tracking and reducing carbon emissions ‘at source’ as much as possible and compensating for unavoidable emissions via carbon offsetting, we rendered activities to become net zero carbon (carbon neutral). This action helps to protect both the environment and our business.
Ritec General Manager Martin Burkett AIIRSM, comments: “This is another of our proud achievements in making the world a greener place. Of course, we won’t simply leave it there; over the next 12 months we will look at even more ways to help fight climate change and sustain our environment.”
The ship’s exterior glass was treated on-site in October 1987 with Ritec ClearShield® ’non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to improve visibility in harsh marine conditions. Two years earlier, ClearShield® was applied to glass on another Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, with impressive results.
Cunard’s then-Chief Officer, J K Brocklehurst, was very impressed with the performance of ClearShield® on Atlantic Conveyor. In a testimonial letter to Ritec in January 1988, he wrote:
“Just a line to say how impressed all on Conveyor are with ClearShield.
The improvement in visibility through our bridge windows, in rain and heavy weather, has to be seen to be believed. A further bonus is not having to use precious man-power to wash the windows… we have just completed two winter crossings of the North Atlantic without having to once wash them manually.
It is truly pleasing to see a product that really lives up to its marketing promises.”
The marine environment is one of the harshest conditions for ordinary glass to be exposed to. But if it is treated with proven ClearShield® that upgrades it to ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass®, you can be sure it is the best protection around!
ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection not only resists all kinds of staining and makes glass look pristine for longer, but did you know it is also specified to potentially save lives?
Over the years, Ritec have treated tens of thousands of small glass lens and mirrors used in Oil Mist Detectors (OMDs) with ClearShield®. OMDs are safety devices fitted to crankcases in ships with a certain engine power output or cylinder size. As the name suggests, OMDs detect the presence of oil mist at concentration levels well below the limit at which a catastrophic crankcase explosion can occur that could risk all lives onboard.
It is paramount that the lens and mirrors inside OMDs are kept as clean as possible. This facilitates fast and accurate monitoring to help buy more time and potentially avert a dangerous situation. Here, ClearShield® protection is a major benefit thanks to its proven ‘non-stick’, easy-clean properties. Additionally, with less contaminants adhering to lenses and mirrors treated with ClearShield®, this helps to reduce the likelihood of false alarms.
The treatment of glass lenses and mirrors for oil mist detectors with ClearShield® protection is one of the more niche and unusual applications we have encountered. This goes to show the versatility of ClearShield® and that it can be applied to any kind of glass surface. For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.
Ritec Marine Services (RMS) have started treating glass on the new NCL Norwegian Prima cruise liner in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera near Venice, Italy. RMS – the specialist division of Ritec Services based in the Netherlands – have worked on dozens of cruise ships for many leading cruise lines. They offer a unique service to renovate marine glass then protect it with ‘non-stick’ easy-clean Ritec ClearShield® surface treatment using the ClearShield Eco-System®.
Norwegian Prima is the first ship to debut in Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest class of ship – the Prima Class – and is expected to enter service later this year. It is RMS’s 8th NCL ship to have ClearShield Eco-System® treatment.
Prior to her maiden voyage, the 20,000m2 of glass must of course look sparkling once she leaves the shipyard. This is not an easy task considering the kinds of contamination found on glass surfaces which can be difficult to remove. This includes dirt, protective films, paint, fingermarks, and so on. But thanks to the expertise of RMS, they have the necessary experience and tools to ensure the glass will indeed look pristine.
The first stage of the ClearShield Eco-System® is renovation. This involves removing the contaminants from the glass using specialist Ritec renovating products to ensure it is chemically clean. The second stage, protection, is the application of Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment. Effectively sealing the glass with an invisible ‘non-stick’ barrier, this resists all kinds of contamination found in the aggressive marine environment including sea salt. The outcome is ClearShield Eco-Glass® which is always easier to clean and keep clean without the need for harsh or abrasive methods or products. Less water and manpower are needed to maintain ClearShield Eco-Glass® which is why RMS are called upon to treat so many newly-built or existing cruise liners.
So with just weeks to go before Prima’s maiden voyage, you can thank Ritec Marine Services and the ClearShield Eco-System® for ensuring the glass will look as good as new!
Ritec recently treated glass on-site in a private residence in Hadlow, Kent with the ClearShield Eco-System®.
The ClearShield Eco-System® was developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass. Ordinary glass protected with this System becomes ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® that resists staining, discolouration and moisture. Not only is the glass noticeably easier to maintain with less time, effort and frequency required, ClearShield Eco-Glass® also looks pristine for longer.
In the case of this private home, over 20m² of picture windows and roof glazing were renovated and then protected with Ritec’s award-winning ClearShield® glass surface treatment. With the treatment complete, the glass is now sparkling new, and a simple after-care programme maintains this.
The ClearShield Eco-System® can be used to protect all kinds of glass in and around the home, not just windows and glass roofs. Shower enclosures, decorative/sandblasted glass, mirrors, glass furniture, even solar panels can all benefit from ClearShield® protection.
So if you have any glass that need renovating and protecting, contact us and ask for ‘non-stick’ easy-clean ClearShield® treatment!
This 5-star hotel and spa is located in Wilderness, a town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, on a coastal stretch known as the Garden Route.
ClearShield SA (PTY) Ltd, Ritec’s official Marketing Partner for South Africa, carried out the on-site work to this highly-rated venue in 2009. They applied the ClearShield System® to renovate and protect internal and external glass surfaces including the roof area, balustrades, decorative glass and all shower doors, both clear and sandblasted. A total of 1,500m2 (16,145 ft2) of glass was treated.
The hotel’s General Manager was very happy with the results: “This ClearShield treatment has worked well to keep the glass looking as clean as possible in between the cleaning cycles. The coastal weather can be severe, and yet after good rain, our glass looks fantastic, enabling us to focus our resources and time on managing other priorities. The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa would like to highly recommend ClearShield.”
For more information about Ritec ClearShield® durable, ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment, visit www.ritec.co.uk.
The major obstacle to a solar panel’s performance, however, is dirt (‘soiling’) or anything else that lands on the glass surface. This is where the proven Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass, comes in.
Transparencia en Servicios are experienced applicators of the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®. Any glass surface treated with this System becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists dirt and other forms of staining and is easier to clean and keep clean. Their on-site applicators firstly renovated the existing dirty glass solar panel surfaces, totalling around 100m2 (1,080ft2), bringing them all back to new. With the glass now chemically clean, Ritec ClearShield® was applied to the surface, effectively sealing it and protecting it from dirt as well as moisture. Any contaminants on ClearShield Eco-Glass® are significantly easier to remove compared to ordinary glass.
The application of Ritec ClearShield® means a low-maintenance, ‘non-stick’ glass surface which will optimise the amount of solar transmission and maximise electrical generation. This also reduces payback time, another benefit.
World Trade Center 2 (also known as WTC 2) is part of World Trade Center Jakarta, a complex of commercial high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital. With a height of 160m (525ft), WTC 2 is made up of 28 storeys of Grade A world-class column-free office space to help cope with the city’s ever-expanding needs of its multinational tenants and business community.
Some 34,500m2 (371,400 ft2) of WTC2’s glass was applied with Ritec ClearShield® in the factory prior to installation. This meant any harsh inorganic contaminants on the glass, such as concrete splatter and cement dust, were easier to remove during construction. Therefore ClearShield® potentially reduced costly delays during construction as well as providing a significantly lower-cost alternative to replacing the glass from any surface damage. Future maintenance will be easier thanks to the ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface of ClearShield-protected glass.
Construction began in 2010 and WTC 2 was officially opened in 2012. It was awarded the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark – a meaningful distinction of environmentally responsible buildings, brought forth by a reduction in water and energy bills, of which ClearShield® contributed towards this achievement.
ClearShield® is ‘green’ because it makes glass lower in maintenance, saving water and without the need for harsh cleaning chemicals. The use of access equipment and cleaning contractors’ vehicles (and associated CO2 footprint) is also lessened thanks to ClearShield® typically reducing the frequency of cleaning by half.
Dutch-based Ritec Marine Services (RMS) specialise in the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of marine glass using the ClearShield Eco-System®. Just recently they started work on the third Virgin Voyages cruise liner, Resilient Lady, currently docked in shipbuilder Fincantieri’s facility in Genoa, Italy.
Working in conjunction with Italian outfitting company General Interiors, specially-trained RMS staff are working hard to ensure the glass is brought back to new before her maiden voyage. This means removing any contaminants such as paint splatter, silicone and protective foil residues from the glass surface. The next step is to give the glass a deep clean using specialist Ritec renovation products. With the glass chemically clean, the third stage is to apply Ritec ClearShield® protection. This effectively seals the glass, providing a durable ‘non-stick’ invisible barrier to the surface. This will provide exceptional resistance to contaminants found in the harsh marine environment such as sea salt, limescale, pollution and other staining.
Any ordinary glass treated with Ritec ClearShield® becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This special type of glass is easy to clean and keep clean, so looks pristine for longer. This means passengers will enjoy unspoilt views from their cabins – reducing complaints – and crew will get a clearer view from the bridge to maximise safety. Moreover, because the glass is easier to clean and the frequency of cleaning is reduced, water and human resources are saved.
A total of 12,500m2 exterior glass will be treated. Resilient Lady is the sister ship of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady. These two ships entered service in 2020 and 2021 respectively, and both benefitted from Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment.
Daedalian Glass Studios are long-time applicators of Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment. They were commissioned to supply a focal kitchen splashback for an indoor-outdoor cooking area in sandblasted glass for a private residence in Cheshire.
Featuring the iconic Rock of Cashel and Galty mountain range of County Tipperary, Ireland, the final stunning design began as a hand sketched artistic landscape drawn by Daedalian Glass Studios Founder Davia Walmsley.
Davia collaborated with the client, making alterations to suit showing forced perspective of the two landmarks before creating a full-size drawing of the panel. Upon final client sign-off, the panel measured 3750mm width x 960mm height and was manufactured in 10mm low iron toughened glass, where their studio team sandblasted to multiple depths on both sides of the glass to achieve an interesting three-dimensional effect. To complete the panel, Ritec Clearshield® was used to protect the sandblasted design.
With over 40 years of track records, ClearShield® is a proven and award-winning glass surface treatment suitable for all kinds of glass in all kinds of environments. Used to upgrade ordinary glass surfaces to ClearShield Eco-Glass®, its ‘non-stick’ properties make the surface stain-resistant and easy to clean and keep clean.
For sandblasted glass, ClearShield® is of particular benefit. It resists fingermarks, grease and other forms of staining to uphold the intended beauty of this type of glass.
Furthermore, ClearShield® is independently proven to resist the adhesion of bacteria, promoting a much more hygienic environment.