It’s not long before we are back at the London Surface Design Show! Visit us on stand 270 next week to find out how our unique ClearShield® and Ritecoat® technologies make glass, metal and painted surfaces ‘non-stick’ and easy-clean, keeping them looking like new for longer.
ClearShield® protection upgrades ordinary glass surfaces to higher performance ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists staining and makes cleaning much easier! It is suitable for all glass – architectural, windows, rooflights, showers, splashbacks, decorative, sandblasted, mirrors and even solar.
Effective on most metal and painted surfaces, Ritecoat® protects against weathering and discolouration and makes them easier to maintain for a better appearance.
Our technologies also allow us to renovate existing surfaces to bring them back to new, saving time, money and hassle in having to replace them.
And if that is not tempting you enough to visit us, we also have free daily prize draws to win our fantastic Clear-Vision™ DIY Shower Protection Kits so you can treat your shower glass at home!
We end 2022 on a high with the news that our ClearPad™ VPIR-200 ClearShield® application machine has won the prestigious US Glass Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Machinery: Glass Coating Equipment!
Introduced at the world’s biggest glass show Glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany, earlier in September, the ClearPad™ VPIR-200 has truly revolutionised the speed and efficiency of applying ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield® glass surface protection. With its quick line speed and infrared pre-heating for instant curing, users have discovered it significantly reduces production time, handling and labour costs. Glass processors also appreciate VPIR-200’s fast payback. Finally, the innovative pad application ensures virtually zero product wastage and no airborne particulates.
We are honoured to win this esteemed award and we thank the readers of US Glass magazine for helping us do so.
For more information about Ritec and ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment, visit www.ritec.co.uk.
Cross Towers is a state-of-the-art 24-storey building designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners and opened in 2008. Situated at the gateway to the Vivaldi Park area of the Zuidas business district in southern Amsterdam, it is the Dutch headquarters of professional services giant Ernst & Young.
The 87m tall (285 ft) building utilises a series of environmentally progressive measures and is 10% more energy efficient than the national requirements. The blocks are staggered in plan to let in as much natural light as possible and to make the most of the northerly city views. The northern façade is fully glazed, while partial 30% glazing to the east, west and south limits solar gain. Combined with ground water storage to further save on energy for cooling, the overall environmental strategy is highly efficient.
Adding to the green credentials is Ritec’s ClearShield® liquid-applied glass surface treatment, applied in the factory prior to installation. Thanks to its ‘non-stick’ easy-clean performance, this ensures all glazing retains its high photometric properties by resisting staining and weathering, despite the building’s busy urban location. Moreover, glass treated with ClearShield® reduces the frequency of cleaning which helps to lower the carbon footprint as, for example, the need for window cleaning vehicles travelling to site is reduced.
With over 40 years of track records, ClearShield® is specified by many architects around the world as it is proven to protect glass surfaces before, during and after construction. Glass already installed can be treated with ClearShield® on-site if necessary after our unique glass renovation process. Glass renovation is a highly cost-effective alternative to replacing glass that is no longer easy to clean and keep clean.
Over the past 12 months, Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Norway, OverflateXperten, have been busy applying the ClearShield Eco-System® in the municipality of Lillestrøm, 20km (12.5 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo.
Bergen-based OverflateXperten have many years of experience applying the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass. ClearShield®, the durable protective element of the System, upgrades glass to ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. Its low-maintenance surface resists staining and discolouration and keeps glass looking like new for longer.
A new-build apartment block was the first in a string of buildings in central Lillestrøm that have had the external glass upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. Around 850m² of glass was treated on-site to begin with last year, and more recently a further 1,825m² was treated.
The developers have clearly fallen in love with the benefits of ClearShield® as now they are considering treatment to the internal face of the ground floor windows. The high-end apartment complex contains a spa, restaurant, boutique and a hotel room on each floor, and ClearShield® will significantly help maintain the pristine appearance.
Adjacent to the apartment block, there is much redevelopment work going on; specifically, a complex consisting of six older buildings were demolished and recently rebuilt. OverflateXperten treated glass on the ground floor of this new complex totalling 200m², with more areas to come.
Furthermore, there are plans for several more buildings in the area to have ClearShield® treatment in the near future. It looks like Lillestrøm will be OverflateXperten’s new home for quite a while!
It is with much sadness that AST srl – Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner for Italy – has permanently closed its doors for business. AST’s owner, Mr Massimo Lunetti, recently retired after a long and fruitful partnership with Ritec International spanning 22 years.
Massimo Lunetti (left foreground) with Ritec’s international network of Marketing Partners in 2016
Ritec International would like to thank Massimo for his many years of loyal and dedicated service and we are sure you will join us in wishing him a long, happy, and fulfilling retirement.
As a strong champion for ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean glass surface technology, Massimo’s greatest achievements include on-site applications to the tallest building in Bologna, Torre Unipol, and the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena.
Going forward, we are in the process of appointing a new Marketing Partner in Italy. In the meantime, Ritec Services – Ritec International’s subsidiary based in the Netherlands – will be handling all enquiries from Italy.
Late last year, we announced that we were transitioning our plastic packaging to PCR which is better for the environment. We are delighted to let you know that we have completed our Phase 2 so all our consumer trigger spray bottles are now PCR30 (Post-Consumer Recycled 30%)!
This takes the percentage of our PCR usage to around 80% of our plastic packaging requirements, a substantial and positive change.
Martin Burkett, Ritec’s General Manager comments: “This is a great achievement from an environmental point of view. These new trigger spray bottles will function exactly the same as our previous ones so the end-consumer can be reassured there is no performance change there. The consumer may notice a slight colour difference, perhaps a blue, brown or even red tinge, but at the end of the day, they are all greener!”
Martin continues: “So now that is two of our most widely used packaging converted to PCR30, Phase 1 being the transition of our 500ml cylindrical bottles to PCR. We are still committed to converting the rest of our plastic packaging as and when they become available and hope to achieve this within the next year.”
At the recent Glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany, the world’s largest glass show, Ritec International, Ritec Services and Flexotec GmbH all enjoyed a highly successful show. For the first time, Ritec International, based in the UK, joined forces with its subsidiary in the Netherlands, Ritec Services, and long-time Marketing Partner Flexotec in Germany to have a combined presence at Glasstec.
Glasstec 2022 was hugely-anticipated for the glass industry. The show is normally held every two years but the pandemic and subsequent global lockdown meant this was the first one since 2018. Ritec International, Ritec Services and Flexotec GmbH could not wait to be back!
On the stand was the brand new ClearPad™ VPIR-200 automatic machine for the pad application of ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection. The live demonstrations showed exactly how the high-speed pad application works. Designed for large volume glass processors, VPIR-200 generated significant amounts of interest thanks to Glasstec’s international audience and profile.
Also promoted on the stand was QuickSpray 300™, a small kit designed to quickly apply ClearShield®, perfect for lower volume glass processors and glass artists. Again, this was well-received.
Ritec Services used the Glasstec platform to promote the ClearShield Eco-System® as a solution to renovate, protect and maintain contaminated glass on-site, bringing them back to new. They also showcased Sealed Edge™, effective protection for the edges of laminated glass from delamination.
Meanwhile, Flexotec promoted their complete integrated solution to design, supply, and protect shower doors. This consists of powerful Smart-Builder 3D software developed specially for frameless glass constructions, Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface protection and Poseidon shower fittings and hinges that combine beautiful aesthetics with top-end performance.
Combined with the successful afternoon stand parties, where visitors networked in a relaxed atmosphere with complimentary drinks and snacks and music, it can be said Glasstec 2022 will be a show to remember for Ritec International, Ritec Services and Flexotec!
An atrium and rooflights in a North London property were all renovated and protected with the ClearShield Eco-System® recently, effectively bringing back the original sparkle.
Unsightly silicone run-off and other contaminants spoilt the look of the glass but thanks to Ritec’s On-Site Application Team, they got the surfaces looking like new again with The ClearShield Eco-System®.
With decades of proven track records, The System removes any contamination on the surface prior to the application of the ClearShield® protective treatment. Award-winning ClearShield® is not a coating and will never crack, peel or discolour. Instead, it is a truly unique polymer-based surface technology that actually bonds with the glass, giving it excellent durability. The result is ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is easier clean, resistant to all kinds of contamination and keeps the glass looking like new for longer.
With over 40 years of experience, Ritec ClearShield® is proven in all kinds of glass applications, including architectural, residential, showers, splashbacks and marine. So if you don’t want to struggle with keeping glass clean, visit www.ritec.co.uk for more about our ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass solutions.
We have launched our new end-consumer ClearShield.biz website! At ClearShield.biz, residents in the UK and Ireland can buy our range of Ritec After-Care products, Clear-Vision™ Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Kits and other glass cleaning accessories.
Following customer feedback, the new website is much easier to navigate plus has many new features. Apart from the usual shower registration and online shop functions, users can now create an account so they can view their order history, manage addresses and save credit and debit card details, saving time from future form-filling!
Homeowners in the UK and Ireland that have a new shower protected with award-winning ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® can register their shower on the new website to activate its warranty. They can also buy our best-selling After-Care for Shower Glass cleaner to maintain the warranty and keep the glass sparkling for longer. After-Care for Shower Glass is available in handy trigger spray bottles, as well as economical refill bottles. Our popular and highly-effective Limescale Remover is also available in these two pack options.
The secure online store is simplified so it is easier to find the product you want. More payment options are now accepted too, including American Express and Apple Pay.
There is also downloadable information on how to care for your ClearShield-protected glass at home, be it shower glass, decorative glass, other interior glass or exterior glass.
Why not visit www.ClearShield.Biz now and see the range of specialist products for use in and around the home?