Long-Standing Ritec ClearShield Customer Multiple Finalists at G17 Awards

Ritec International are delighted to announce that long-standing ClearShield® customer, Go Glass Ltd, have reached not one but two finals at this year’s G17 Awards. This Cambridge-based company is shortlisted for Glass Company of the Year and Unsung Hero at this prestigious event.

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Since 1978, Go Glass served the local area with high quality glass and mirror products. Today, they remain a family-run business and Clive Sparkes and sisters Tracy Saunders (Sales and Marketing) and Emma Sparkes (Sales and Specification) are dedicated to offering customers a range of innovative and exciting products designed to add warmth and individuality to any home or workplace.

Go Glass became a customer of award-winning Ritec ClearShield® in 2003. Applied in their own factory, Ritec ClearShield® is a durable ‘non-stick’ protection solution against dirt and fingermarks, a particular problem for sandblasted glass. This is a popular option amongst Go Glass’s customers that like their glass to benefit from low-maintenance, easy clean and anti-microbial properties that look like new for longer.

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The Glass Company of the Year nomination has come at a good time as Go Glass are approaching its 40th anniversary. Tracy says, “It is great that our small talented Go Glass team have been recognised for their hard work and commitment over the last 40 years. Led by our Director Clive, the design and production team hold NVQs from Level 2 to 4 and utilise both traditional methods and modern day technology to produce some great bespoke glass design work for both domestic and commercial customers.”

Clive is well-respected in the glass industry, exhibiting his work at Glasstec, Düsseldorf, the world’s largest glass exhibition and has designed glasswork for clients such as the BBC, BAFTA and Hampton Court Palace. His performance and achievements have earned him a nomination for the G17 Unsung Hero award. For example, he has designed and painstakingly produced three glass sculptures for auction in aid of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. The first two sculptures, a Ducati 996 sportsbike and Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 F1 car, were full-size original replicas and already raised thousands for the charity. The latest sculpture is called ‘Pushing the Limits’, a full size glass athlete, and bids are now being accepted on http://www.goglass.co.uk/charity-auction.php.

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Clive says, “Being shortlisted for the G17 Unsung Hero Award is a great honour, the glass sculpture work we auctioned for CLIC Sargent charity has already raised over £10,000 and we hope to continue to raise even more for the charity with our glass runner.  Our thanks also to Ritec for their help and support with these projects over the years.”

The G17 Awards event will be held on 17 November 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. For more information about Go Glass, visit http://www.goglass.co.uk.

MORE PROFITS AT THE END OF THE LINE!

Now being introduced at GlassBuild America in Atlanta …..

….. new and improved equipment that significantly improves profits by

applying Ritec ClearShield® at the end of a tempering line!

Ritec ClearShield® is the only durable, “non-stick” glass surface treatment proven safe and easy to apply at the end of a tempering line.  Unlike alcohol-based, water-repellent treatments (AWTs), Ritec ClearShield® is:

  • not classified as flammable because it has no measurable flash point;
  • not intoxicating or narcotic;
  • not classified as hazardous for other reasons.

Ritec ClearShield® improves profits because it is the only technology with its own market values proven by actual field experience in each market sector.  This means that a tempering line becomes a real profit-making machine!

Higher profits are achieved with little or no delay and no capital investment by starting with the ClearSpray ‘M10’ Manual.  This machine can be upgraded at any time to the fully automatic ‘HT1500’ which is specifically designed for in-line application of Ritec ClearShield at the end of a glass tempering line.

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Using either the ‘M10’ Manual or the ‘HT1500’ fully automatic ClearSpraymachine:

  • for application to flat or curved glass;
  • Ritec ClearShield® is the only technology proven safe to apply at this point;
  • improves efficiency and reduces glass handling.

Ritec ClearShield® is an integral part of the ClearShield Eco-System – the only complete system for glass surface renovation, protection and maintenance. This innovative System is proven in performance, durability and added value worldwide for more than 36 years.

See us at booth 401 during GlassBuild America in Atlanta, 12-14 September, or send an e-mail to either Shaun Gustafson of ClearShield Technologies in Chicago (sg@clearshieldonline.com) or Derek Brown of Ritec in London (db@ritec.co.uk).

1,170m2 of aged powder-coated surfaces looking like new thanks to The Ritecoat System™

Ritec Services just completed the stunning ‘as-new’ restoration of over 1,170m2 of light and dark grey powder coated doors, frames and cladding with Ritecoat R630 on a retail unit in Breda, The Netherlands.

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The result is just incredible. For the owner of the building, it means a more attractive building for tenants and visitors without the cost of expensive replacement, and easier maintenance in the future.

IMG-20170810-WA0001One of 4 buildings owned by TMC Vastgoedbeheer on the same boulevard, this 14 year old building was the oldest. The powder coating was totally discoloured and looking very aged. Regular washing was just no longer sufficient to make it look good.

In collaboration with Segeren Cleaning over a period of 22 days, the Ritec’s team of experts used the Ritecoat System™ to carry out a deep clean to remove all contamination built up over the years, before protecting the powder coated surface to restore its ‘as-new’ appearance and protect it from further build-up to keep it looking like new for longer.

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If you also need to restore the ‘as-new’ appearance of your powder coating anywhere in the world, contact us today at info@ritec.co.uk, and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with details and assistance.

Accredited Safecontractor for the fifth year running! Clear evidence of Ritec’s commitment to Health & Safety!

Ritec International is very proud to be awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in Health and Safety for the fifth year running.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme that recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process that examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

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Ritec’s Health and Safety Officer Martin Burkett AIIRSM says: ‘Being accredited to Safecontractor for the fifth year clearly demonstrates Ritec’s commitment to the Health and Safety not only for its employees, but for its clients and the general public. Our staff have always shown their commitment to health and safety whether working on-site or within our production site. This accreditation validates it! Such accreditation is achieved through the co-operation of the whole Ritec team. I am therefore pleased to say thank you to everyone involved’

Ritec goes further. Martin continues: ‘Where possible we will also impart our knowledge to our global network of partners and licensed applicators, helping them to produce suitable documentation, work in a safe manner, and understand that their actions have wider implications.

Contact us now at info@ritec.co.uk for more information on our Safecontractor accreditation, or for any assistance with regards to Health & Safety when using the Ritec Systems™.

Ritec successfully completes its transition to the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System

In addition to the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard, Ritec has been ISO 14001 certified for 5 years already.

ISO 14001 sets out and certifies the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation must follow to set up an effective environmental management system. ISO 14001:2015 is the standard’s latest update.

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Using ISO 14001:2015 provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

Stephen Byers, MD, says: ‘Ritec has long been committed to the environment through its promotion of the ClearShield Eco-System™. Implementing special procedures as part of our operations management system is a very natural continuation to this commitment’.

The ClearShield® durable glass surface protection reduces by 50% on average the frequency of site visits for routine cleaning of glass in buildings, substantially cutting carbon dioxide emissions and costs for:

  • manpower,
  • operation and maintenance of vehicles and access equipment,
  • consumption of energy, water, cleaning chemicals and other materials.

ClearShield® maintains clearer and cleaner views on flat roof in London

The ClearShield® durable glass surface protection has helped to keep a flat glass roof look pristine and made it easier to clean and keep clean for well over 10 years.

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Although the protection was still performing, the owner of the stunning residence located in the Primrose Hill area in London, UK, felt that a re-application may be best.

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Thanks to the full ClearShield Eco-System™, the protection was re-applied in-situ. The owner will now enjoy clear views through the roof for up to 15 years without frequent cleaning.

Also because of the high performance clearly visible throughout the years, the Ritec team was also asked to protect the glass sliding doors that were already in place.

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Ritec’s award-winning ClearShield Eco-System™ is a fully integrated system that may be applied in the factory onto new glass, or in-situ to glass already installed thanks to its unique renovation process. This way the protection may last for the entire life of the glass.