ClearShield® Saves the Day for Giza Homeowners!

The ClearShield Eco-System® saves the day once again! This time amazed homeowners in Giza, Egypt realised just how the System transformed dirty, lifeless glass to ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

During the house’s construction process, the windows and balustrade glass attracted all kinds of contamination including cement staining, dust and limescale. These contaminants were all impossible to remove using standard cleaning products and in some cases, harsh and abrasive cleaning can make things worse. Glass replacement was an option but costly both in terms of time and money.

The homeowner came across Five Stars, Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Egypt. They are fully trained to renovate, protect and maintain glass with the ClearShield Eco-System®. Five Stars got to work and in no time, removed the heavy contamination from the glass, ensuring it was chemically clean. They then applied ClearShield®, an award-winning durable protective treatment that makes glass ‘non-stick’ and easy clean. Once the glass is protected, it becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is easier to clean and keep clean, reduces frequency of cleaning and looks like new for longer.

Five Stars treated 216m² of glass in total. Now the homeowners not only enjoy nice views of their garden and swimming pool, they are also safe in the knowledge that the glass will continue to look sparkling with little effort.

Ali Saafan, Managing Director’s Assistant at Five Stars, was full of praises. He said: “We are very glad and satisfied by the ClearShield Eco-System as it renovated the glass from ‘zero to hero’… this resulted in very happy homeowners!”

For more information about Ritec and the ClearShield Eco-System®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

ClearShield® Solves Tour Company’s Coach Conundrum!

‘Non-stick’, easy-clean Ritec ClearShield Eco-Glass® technology is proven to delight drivers and passengers when it comes to automotive glass!

Take this prime example of Leisure Time Travel, a family-owned and operated New Zealand travel company. For over 30 years, they have provided inspirational travel experiences including coach tours, weekend breaks, road trips and small group tours.

Les Mehrtens is the company’s founder and director, and is a coach driver himself. He was looking for a glass surface treatment for his coaches that optimised visibility (which in turn helps safety and driver comfort) as well as enhancing the viewing pleasure of tourists.

Les tried a well-known glass surface treatment supplier but was left disappointed. He then came across Ritec ClearShield® and was thrilled to find a solution that not only worked, but, in his own words, exceeded his expectations. “Storms during the summer months would make driving treacherous both for me and my South Island drivers were it not for ClearShield treatment”, said Les. “Windscreen visibility – even without using wipers – and driving long days in terrible weather was made so much easier because of ClearShield. Tourists also commented that the windows were the clearest they had ever toured on!”

ClearShield® is an award-winning durable glass surface treatment manufactured in the UK by Ritec International. They developed the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass, upgrading ordinary glass to higher performing easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® that resists moisture, alkalinity and dirt. Its versatility means any glass can be upgraded – architectural, residential, decorative, marine, offshore, solar and as emphasised here, automotive.

The ClearShield® application was carried out by Peter and Heather Wavish of Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection (SGC). Over the years they have treated glass in hundreds of buses and coaches ensuring everyone benefits, from the driver’s safety and comfort to the pleasure of passengers.

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

Roshnak in India Marks 10th Year Anniversary as Ritec’s Marketing Partner!

Roshnak Surface Care Systems, based in Raipur, India, recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary as Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner in the region. In that time, they launched Ritec’s ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® in India and have become very successful. Mrs Ujwala Bhagwat, the owner of Roshnak, explains the story:

“Ten years ago, I visited the Ritec International factory in the UK with the intention of understanding their business. I remember being excited by the potential of all these cutting edge and innovative products in the Indian setting which was a booming and developing market, hence Roshnak Surface Care Systems was born. I did not underestimate the work that would go into it though and I felt motivated every day to achieve our vision of all glass – ‘Non-Stick’.

Ten years later, I am as motivated as ever. The Indian glass industry has accepted the ClearShield® trend-shift with open arms. We are happy to be early adopters of this unique glass surface protection technology in India. We have managed to proliferate into different levels of the glass industry in the past decade, from small scale applicators and fabricators, to large scale glass processors and even architects. We offer an on-site glass renovation, protection and maintenance service, saving our clients time and money from having to replace glass. We now have 50+ partners all over the country, encompassing almost 20 states. We have also won industry awards, a sign that ‘we’ve made it’!

Having said all this, I feel this is still just the start and if we have learnt something after treating more than a million square feet of glass with ClearShield®, is that ‘Non-Stick’ Glass Surfaces are here to stay. I thank Stephen, Karen, Prerana, Ka-Shing, Bob & everyone else at Ritec for their continuous support. I also would like to thank our applicators and processor partners in India who work with us in tandem to achieve our vision. Here’s to moving onwards and upwards in the coming decade.”

The staff at Ritec International would like to congratulate Roshnak on this outstanding milestone and we wish them even more success for the future!

Beachside Balustrade Glass Bettered with ClearShield Eco-System®!

‘Non-stick’ easy-clean ClearShield® protection is perfect for balustrade glass – even in aggressive coastal environments – as this project in Papamoa, New Zealand demonstrates.

Papamoa, also known as Papamoa Beach, is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 7 miles from the city centre. This beautiful location is popular for fishing, surfing, and as a holiday retreat.

The new owners of a house right on the beach, however, felt they were not getting the full advantage from their investment: the balustrade glass had become badly stained due to long-term exposure from the salt and sand from the beach right on their doorstep.  They wanted the glass restored back to how it was plus having some way of making it easier to clean in the future; replacing the glass was very costly and not an option.

This is where the ClearShield Eco-System® from Ritec International comes in. This award-winning System renovates, protects and maintains glass and can be applied on-site as was the case here. Ordinary, unprotected glass upgraded with this System becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® with numerous benefits: it resists staining and discolouration, makes glass easier to clean and keep clean, typically halves the frequency of cleaning and maintains a pristine look for longer.

Peter and Heather Wavish of Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection (SGC) have many years of experience applying the ClearShield Eco-System®. They were contacted to use the System to renovate the balustrade glass to an ‘as-new’ appearance before applying ClearShield®, a unique surface treatment that once cured, gives proven and durable protection from moisture, alkalinity and dirt – perfect for glass exposed to the elements.

The owners were very impressed by SGC and the ClearShield Eco-System® as it solved their problems. So much so that they have specified the System for other windows to be renovated and protected with ClearShield®.

So if you have balustrade glass looking old before its time (or any other glass for that matter), find out more about the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® by visiting www.ritec.co.uk.

OverflateXperten and ClearShield® Give Outstanding Performance at Historic Norwegian Theatre!

Den Nationale Scene (National Theatre) is the largest theatre in Bergen, Norway and is one of the oldest permanent theatres in the country, opening in 1850 as ‘Det Norske Theater’ (The Norwegian Theatre). The theatre closed in 1863 after bankruptcy, re-opened in 1876 in the same building with its current name before moving to a different building in 1909.

Over the years, Den Nationale Scene has undergone major changes, extensions, renovation, restoration and technical modernisation of the stage. More recently, after a year and a half of renovation work on the roofing and façades, the glass was left in a poor state. Despite much time and effort, workers found it impossible to remove the concrete dust, pollution and tree sap that had all firmly bonded to the glass.

Rather than having to replace the glass at massive expense and inconvenience, they discovered OverflateXperten (‘surface specialists’ in Norwegian) who had the perfect, proven solution. They could get the glass looking as good as new in little time and at substantially lower cost.

OverflateXperten is Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner in Norway. Ritec is the developer of the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass. The System is used to upgrade ordinary glass to superior easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. OverflateXperten is an experienced applicator of the ClearShield Eco-System® and got to work. They used special products to remove all of the existing bonded staining on the glass before sealing and protecting the surface with ClearShield®. This is an award-winning glass surface treatment that protects glass, resisting future staining. Additionally, the surface is always easier to clean and keep clean compared to ordinary glass. The end result was easy-clean sparkling glass that looked as good as new, and another delighted client.

Dagfinn Eldøy, Operations Manager of Den Nationale Scene who oversaw the work, said:

“The windows got very dirty during all the renovation work and were impossible to clean. But with OverflateXperten’s specialist products and techniques, they got the windows completely clean. We can safely recommend OverflateXperten!”

For more information about OverflateXperten, visit www.overflatexperten.no.

ClearShield® Protects Holiday Cottage in Dream City, India!

Roshnak Surface Care Systems – Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner in India – recently treated a glass holiday cottage in Dream City, Raipur with the ClearShield Eco-System®.

Although the cottage’s huge glass windows were of course new when installed, they were exposed to dirt. Additionally, Roshnak found limescale had started to form on the glass surface due to hard water moisture attack. The solution was application of the award-winning Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, developed for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass. This System upgrades ordinary unprotected glass to superior, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

Roshnak first renovated the glass using specialist Ritec Glass Renovator products to get it back to its ‘as-new’ appearance before protecting it with unique ClearShield® glass surface treatment. The newly treated glass is now upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass® and its ‘non-stick’ surface is easier to clean and keep clean compared to ordinary glass. The durable ClearShield® protection resists staining, limescale and discolouration and saves time and effort when maintaining the glass.  Following Ritec’s environmentally-friendly After-Care programme will ensure the longevity of ClearShield® and all its benefits.

This is yet another example of the effectiveness of The ClearShield Eco-System® in an on-site application setting, saving the homeowner from costly replacement of unsightly, dirty glass.

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

New Singapore Hospital Gets the ClearShield® Treatment!

The new Outram Community Hospital (OCH) in Singapore is a 19-storey building comprising of 550 beds. Opened in December 2019, the OCH is the first community hospital providing step-down care in southern Singapore where government figures show there is a higher proportion of patients aged 65 years and older.

The Hospital has been designed and furnished to resemble a public estate, so patients can learn how to adapt after they return home. For example, the hospital has facilities that resemble the interiors of buses and trains, for patients to learn to navigate the public transport system using a wheelchair.

Approximately 20,700m2 of glass was factory-applied with ClearShield® by two different façade contractors. ClearShield® – manufactured in the UK by Ritec International – is a unique glass surface treatment that upgrades ordinary glass to ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. There are numerous benefits:

  • Resists staining and discolouration
  • Typically halves the frequency of cleaning, saving time and costs
  • Glass looks cleaner for longer, promoting a more pristine image

Many buildings around the world have award-winning ClearShield® specified primarily to reduce the cost of ongoing maintenance as the glass is easier to clean and keep clean compared to ordinary glass.

ClearShield® has also been awarded Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) Green Mark certification so helps to promote more sustainable building practices.

Parmis Pte Ltd is Ritec’s Marketing Partner based in Singapore and promotes the benefits of ClearShield® glass protection to many countries in South East Asia. Godfrey Foong, Parmis’s MD, said: “Today, more and more architects and specifiers are becoming increasingly aware of the fact glass should have ClearShield protection specified as it is a real help to reduce maintenance costs. With less dirt sticking to the glass, ClearShield Eco-Glass looks like new for longer compared to ordinary glass. This means occupants can enjoy better light transmission – proven to be beneficial to human health, so important for a hospital – and a long-lasting pristine appearance between cleaning cycles.”

For more information about Parmis, please visit www.parmis.com.sg.

ClearShield® Keeps Glass Looking Fit and Healthy at Raipur Gym!

The recently-opened Anytime Fitness Gym in Choubey Colony, Raipur, India, is yet another beneficiary of the ClearShield Eco-System®.

Roshnak Surface Care Systems is an official applicator of the ClearShield Eco-System®, developed for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass. The System converts any ordinary glass to superior easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. Roshnak carried out a factory application to 150m² (1,600ft²) of façade glass as well as internal glass, including mirrors.

ClearShield Eco-Glass® is always easier to clean and keep clean and will look pristine for longer compared to ordinary, unprotected glass. For exterior glass, ClearShield Eco-Glass® comes into its own; its ‘non-stick’ surface means it will resist staining and discolouration, and any unsightly building run-off is easier to remove. When utilised for internal glass, ClearShield® resists fingermarks and general dirt for a pristine look that is easy to maintain. ClearShield® is also independently proven to resist the growth and adhesion of bacteria to promote a more hygienic environment. This is particularly important in today’s worrying times.

The owner of Anytime Fitness Gym, Mr Yash Khatri, says: “The gym is at the top floor of the building and cleaning the façade is a menace that needed dealing with. We asked for ClearShield Glass directly from the Glass Processing Facility [BK Glass Industries] and got it installed during construction so that it is protected from paint, silicone run offs, cement marks, etc. as well. I am also glad to see how pristine my shower glass and mirrors look. I recommend this easy-clean glass for any project with exterior or interior glass.”

ClearShield® Gives a Clearer View for Tolkienists!

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy. It is situated almost 90 miles southeast of Auckland in Hinuera, New Zealand. The films are based on novels written by J. R. R. Tolkein and today the Hobbiton Movie Set is a ‘Tolkien tourism’ destination, offering a guided tour of the 5 hectare (12 acres) set.

Being on the international tourist map, Hobbiton Movie Set Tours was conscious of the Trip Advisor comments that criticised the state of the glass windows on their 13 tour coaches. Tourists were unable to see clearly out of the windows, let alone take photos. What was the cause?

In this rural environment, the only reliable source of water is from a borehole. This water contains high levels of minerals and is therefore aggressive to ordinary, unprotected glass when used to wash the coach windows. This eventually caused stubborn staining to the glass, making them difficult to see out of, resulting in the negative reviews. Standard cleaning regimes were unable to remove this heavily bonded staining so an effective long-term solution had to be found; they discovered ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass protection.

Peter and Heather Wavish of Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection

Peter and Heather Wavish of Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection (SGC) were contracted to carry out the work. They have many years’ experience using the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, particularly on glass in vehicles. The first stage was the specialist renovation of the existing glass, removing all of the staining and ensuring it was in an ‘as-new’ appearance. The next stage was to apply the durable and protective ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield® treatment to resist future staining and maintain the original clarity. SGC have also implemented a maintenance programme every six months to ensure the ClearShield® protection is performing to its best.

Thanks to Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection and the ClearShield Eco-System®, negative comments on Trip Advisor about the coach windows have become a thing of the past. The pristine glass windows on all the tour coaches are fit for a Lord!

Even Covid Cannot Stop Ritec’s Recertification!

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Ritec International is delighted to announce it has successfully passed its annual ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 audit with Alcumus ISOQAR. For the thirteenth consecutive year for ISO 9001 and eighth year for ISO 14001 (Ritec’s initial registrations began in 2008 and 2012 respectively), there was not a single minor non-conformancy reported.

Ian Thomas, ISOQAR Lead Auditor, concluded within his report: “The audit team concludes that the organisation has established and maintained its management system in conformance with the requirements of the standards and demonstrated to the audit team that the management system is effective in its ability to systematically achieve the requirements for products and or services within the scope of its activities and in accordance with its policy and objectives.”

The audit team also concludes that the audit objectives have been fulfilled. Based on the evidence obtained during this audit, the audit team recommends that Certification should be ‘Continued’.

This year’s audit was carried out remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions and initially was considered to present some issues. However, Wayne Saul  CQP, MCQI of Concept Quality Management Systems (CQMS) and consultant for Ritec, talked the company through the process and advised on how to present some of the hard copy information where required.

Ritec’s Martin Burkett AIIRSM, responsible for overseeing the audit, said: “The whole process could actually not have been much simpler, and for surveillance audits definitely the way forward. We are immensely proud of again successfully passing, especially now for so many years in a row without any minor non-conformancies recorded. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who played their part.”

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