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.”
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Ritec Services are back in action to clean, protect and maintain glass on the latest Princess Cruises cruise liner, Enchanted Princess.
Dutch-based Ritec Services are the global experts when it comes to marine glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance with decades of experience using the ClearShield Eco-System®. Their specially trained staff are currently in Monfalcone, Italy to get 17,500m2 of exterior glass ready for the ship’s maiden voyage. This involves removing any paint splatter, silicone, protective foil and other contamination from the glass, then deep cleaning it with specialist Ritec renovation products. Once the surface is chemically clean, the glass will then be treated with award-winning durable ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ protection to resist staining from harsh sea salts and other contaminants whilst in service.
ClearShield® gives numerous benefits. Passengers will have a clearer view out of their cabins and safety is optimised as crew will have a better view from the bridge compared to ordinary, unprotected glass. Additionally, ClearShield’s easy-clean properties will help save precious water and manpower during cleaning cycles.
Enchanted Princess is the fifth Royal-class ship. At 145,000 gross tonnes, she follows sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and the upcoming Sky Princess, built and delivered in the same shipyard that started from 2013. The ship consists of 15 decks with a capacity of 3,660 passengers.
EcoShield, a surface renovation specialist in the Netherlands, was contracted to renovate and protect the main entrance of the headquarters belonging to the country’s largest telecoms provider.
EcoShield is fully trained to renovate, protect and maintain glass and stainless steel surfaces with the ClearShield Eco-System® and Ritecoat System™ respectively. The main entrance consists of several stainless steel areas, most notably the large revolving door, so the Ritecoat System™ was used in this instance.
The Rotterdam-based headquarters is located by a river, a busy traffic junction and a tram line. Moisture from the atmosphere and river, coupled with pollution from vehicles combine to aggressively contaminate surfaces. As a result, the revolving door suffered from rust due to the persistent environmental contamination.
EcoShield possess a lot of experience renovating stainless steel surfaces in particular with the Ritecoat System™. They have treated such surfaces in many office buildings and train stations around the country.
The first phase of the System – renovation – was to thoroughly clean the stainless steel and remove the rust using specialist renovation products. The second phase was the application of Ritecoat®, a special treatment to protect the steel from future contamination. Its ‘non-stick’ action provides exceptional resistance to dirt, rust, weathering, graffiti and chemical attack by acids, alkalis and solvents.
Thanks to the Ritecoat System™, the main entrance now looks as good as new. The Ritecoat® treatment will provide protection from contamination for many years to come and the door requires less maintenance to keep it looking pristine.
James from DCPRO (a local licensed ClearShield Applicator specialising in renovating dirty glass and protecting it with ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield® protection) was contracted to provide the solution. During the renovation phase, James used Ritec Limescale Remover to clean the glass fast and with minimal fuss and stunning results.
The property’s owner was delighted with the demonstration and specified award-winning Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® treatment for the sea-facing windows, balustrade, a skylight and shower glass. In all, 98m² of glass was treated, upgrading the existing glass to ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This higher performance glass will resist future limescale attack and other forms of staining, and will look pristine for longer with lower maintenance requirements.
As the happy property owner pleasingly discovered, you can get brand new-looking glass without having to pay for brand new glass!
Any ordinary glass, interior or exterior, domestic or commercial, can be upgraded to easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® including splashbacks, mirrors, decorative glass, glass furniture, solar panels and partitions. So if you have a problem with dirty glass, contact the experts at Ritec!
Go Glass, an independent glass design company in Cambridge designed, produced and installed protective glass screens for King’s College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.
In a world where hygiene is more important than ever before, Go Glass were commissioned to design bespoke glass protection screens for this historic college, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI. From the outset, Go Glass knew an off-the-shelf acrylic product was never going to fit the bill and accepted the challenge to come up with the ideal customised solution. Drawing on the experience of their Design Director and his team, and utilising specialist glass processes including UV bonding, Go Glass proudly supplied and installed these glass screens to the Porters’ Lodge. The screens incorporated the King’s College logo, etched onto Go Glass’s toughened ‘hygiene glass’.
Go Glass’s new range of hygiene glass is powered by award-winning, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment. Not only is treated glass easier to maintain and looks pristine for longer, it has been independently tested to resist the adhesion and growth of bacteria. Porters’ Lodge staff and visitors are now adequately protected from each other, and any germs on the screens will not adhere to the surface, so are easily removed during cleaning. These measures help to promote a more hygienic environment.
Established in 1978, Go Glass remains a family owned and run business. Today the company specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke glass and systems. Shortlisted for ‘Glass Company of the Year’ in 2017 and 2018, and for a Manufacturing Innovation award in 2019, Go Glass have featured at exhibitions in Europe including Glasstec in Germany, Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows and their work can be seen at prestigious hotels, shops, restaurants and airports around the UK.
Ritec International is proud to be a member of Achilles UVDB (Utilities Vendor Database), the UK’s biggest utilities supplier online management community. For the third year running, Ritec has successfully recertified its registration.
UVDB is the utility industry pre-qualification system used by the utilities sector in the UK to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations. Utility companies strive for a transparent and efficient collaboration with best in class suppliers and UVDB helps to achieve that.
The scheme is a perfect fit for Ritec’s Systems that provide solutions for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance for a range of surfaces. Ritec’s Systems include the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass and other vitreous surfaces, the Ritecoat System® for metal, plastic and painted surfaces, and the VoltShield System® for glass and glazed ceramic electrical insulators. The Systems were developed to resist dirt, staining and discolouration as well as upgrading existing surfaces so they are easier to clean and keep clean.
The importance to Ritec of qualification and re-certification of the scheme is not to be understated; Martin Burkett AIIRSM, the company’s Production Manager responsible for maintaining the registration, explains: “Achilles UVDB directly showcases our profile to 80 sector organisations and over 3,000 buyers. Completing the online application allows us ultimately to save money and time in repetitive pre-qualification questions, and allows us to achieve new business through a fair and open platform. The scheme is used by organisations including National Grid and energy suppliers, and we are proud to be providing unique solutions to these types of companies.”
In the Pachpedi Naka area of Raipur, India, there are numerous showrooms along the national highway. It is a popular marketplace for many things but all face the huge problems of constant dust, air pollutants and staining on their glass façades and entrance doors.
For a problem that is crying out for a solution, Roshnak Surface Care Systems managed to provide it for Universal Plus, considered as one of the best windows and bathroom retail showrooms in the area.
Roshnak is an official applicator of the ClearShield Eco-System®, developed for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass. Once ordinary glass is treated with the ClearShield Eco-System®, the glass is upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists dirt and staining, is always easier to clean and keep clean and looks pristine for longer. With almost 40 years of track records, the System is of particular benefit to glass in hot and dusty climates where it is near-impossible to remove dirt and staining that has bonded to the glass over a long time period.
So thanks to the ClearShield Eco-System®, the showroom glass now looks as good as new. For Universal Plus, this is important to create that great first impression for their potential customers. But not only that, they were so impressed with ClearShield® that they have taken it to the next level by offering the ‘non-stick’ glass protection to customers themselves.
Mr. Kevin, the showroom’s MD, says: “When Raunak [Head of Business Development at Roshnak Surface Care Systems] mentioned the solution for this recurring problem, I was instantly on board. We not only had our front showroom glass treated but now offer ‘non-stick’ ClearShield glass protection as an value added option to all our clients wanting the same in their windows or any glass that we sell. This one-time treatment can keep the glass easier to clean for up to 10 years and that for me is a great deal. We look forward to this collaboration of Roshnak & Universal.”
Seeing is believing! This glass belonging to a property in Western Cape, South Africa had been suffering from severe limescale attack. James from DCPRO (a local ClearShield Applicator specialising in renovating dirty glass and protecting it with ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield® protection) used Ritec Limescale Remover as a trial to clean the glass fast and with minimal fuss. The results as you can see are amazing!
The delighted client has subsequently specified ClearShield Eco-Glass® protection so the glass will, in the future, resist limescale build-up as well as dirt and discolouration. The newly upgraded glass will also be easier to clean and keep clean and maintain a longer-lasting beautiful appearance.
Using the award-winning Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® – specially developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass surfaces – the ordinary glass will be upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. As there is no need to replace the glass, this is a very cost-effective method to get glass looking as good as new, with additional lower maintenance benefits.
If you have a limescale problem in or around your home, contact Ritec for our amazing Limescale Remover! Available as a handy trigger spray bottle, it is effective on glass, ceramics, stainless steel, chrome, enamel, plastic and most other hard surfaces (always test on a discrete area first; do not use on marble, stone, granite or other surfaces that are not acid-resistant).
Transparencia en Servicios – the official Marketing Partner of Ritec International Limited for Mexico – renovated and protected glass at Bosque Real Country Club in Huixquilucan, Mexico City.
Bosque Real Country Club is a picturesque complex that includes 9- and 18-hole golf courses, shopping mall, hospital and many luxury villas and high-rise apartments. From 2005-09, Bosque Real was the venue for the MasterCard Classic, an annual tournament for professional female golfers on the LPGA Tour.
For such a prestigious location, a pristine appearance has to be maintained at all times. Unfortunately keeping the glass looking like new was difficult: rain, pollution and dirt all combine to ruin the visibility and appearance of glass. Water from sprinkler systems also constantly landed on the glass, further compounding the problem as over time, it leaves unsightly water marks. With glass cleaning becoming less and less effective, Transparencia en Servicios stepped in to resolve the problem.
Transparencia en Servicios provides an on-site service to renovate, protect and maintain glass with the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®. Once ordinary glass is renovated to an ‘as-new’ appearance, it is then applied with award-winning ClearShield® glass surface treatment, upgrading the glass to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This higher quality of glass is ‘non-stick’ and always easier to clean and keep clean. Its stain-resistant properties maintain optimum visibility and clarity, ensuring a longer-lasting pristine appearance, and the frequency of cleaning is typically halved. Owners of properties with newly-treated glass just love the results that ClearShield® brings!
Although Transparencia en Servicios treated window and balustrade glass in a number of apartments within the Bosque Real Country Club complex, the ClearShield Eco-System® works on any glass, interior or exterior, old or new. With almost 40 years of track records, glass treated with ClearShield® is proven to be an economical and durable alternative to replace glass that can no longer be cleaned effectively.
If you have old glass that needs to be brought back to life, contact us to find out how the ClearShield Eco-System® can help you.
Earlier this year, Transparencia en Servicios – the official Marketing Partner of Ritec International Limited for Mexico – completed a number of glass renovation and protection projects in Bosques de las Lomas. This affluent residential neighbourhood and business centre is located in southwestern Mexico City and falls partly in Cuajimalpa borough and partly in Miguel Hidalgo borough.
Transparencia en Servicios specialise in the on-site application of the award-winning ClearShield Eco-System® to renovate and protect existing glass. The System is tried and tested over extended periods of time for all types of glass (new or old, exterior or interior) in all types of locations (urban, countryside, coastal) and in all types of environmental conditions (hot, cold, dry, humid, windy, sandy). Glass treated with the ClearShield Eco-System® becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is ‘non-stick’ and easier to clean and keep clean. Because it resists staining and discolouration, the glass looks pristine for longer.
The types of projects Transparencia en Servicios completed include glass in private residences, balustrades and building façades. In all instances, the glass has been transformed to an ‘as-new’ appearance but without the financial expense and inconvenience associated with replacing glass. The newly-upgraded ClearShield Eco-Glass® will protect the glass from future staining and will be much easier to maintain; typically the frequency of cleaning is halved.
The results have left occupiers amazed with just what the ClearShield Eco-System® can do to transform dirty glass. The pristine glass helps to maintain a cleaner and safer image for the neighbourhood.
So if your old glass needs to be brought back to life, contact us to find out how the ClearShield Eco-System® can help you!