Proven Ritecoat System™ Revitalises Powder Coating

Luxembourg House, located at 1 Hoge Schouw in Breda, the Netherlands, consists of office rooms available for rental. However, the powder coating on this building was in need of rejuvenation due to discolouration caused by UV light.

Locally-based Ritec Services (a subsidiary of Ritec International in the UK) was subcontracted by Van Seeters, a painting and glazing company to handle this job.

Ritec Services used the unique Ritecoat System™ to renovate and then protect the powder coating, restoring its ‘as-new’ appearance. This System makes the treated surface ‘non-stick’, easy clean and resistant to many kinds of contaminants including dirt, moisture, building run-off and graffiti. 

The versatile Ritecoat System™ provides durable protection on a range of surfaces in addition to powder coatings, including metals and plastics. The time and effort required to maintain these surfaces are reduced yet preserve a long-lasting pristine look in between cleaning cycles.

Such is the trusted quality of both products and services provided by Ritec Services, Luxembourg House is the fourth building contract awarded by Van Seeters, covering 1,000m2 of surfaces treated.

Stefan Roelands, General Manager of Ritec Services, commented: “We have had a strong working relationship with Van Seeters for almost three years now. We have carried out several projects together and there’s more coming up, we are just waiting for the green light from the building owners. We also recommend customers each other’s skills. Van Seeters also sell shower doors and we apply the ClearShield Eco-System for them, making the glass ‘non-stick’, easy clean and resistant to limescale”.

Professional ClearShield® Application Just Got Even Quicker with QuickSpray 300™!

Introducing QuickSpray 300™, the fastest ever way to apply Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean protection on glass surfaces!

This is in response to industry demand for a cost-effective yet quick and simple method of applying award-winning ClearShield® protection onto new glass.

QuickSpray 300™ is available in kit form which includes the 300ml QuickSpray 300™ refillable spray applicator, 500ml of non-flammable Ritec ClearShield® protective surface treatment and 300ml of Ritec Clean-All, an after-care product.

As the name suggests, QuickSpray 300™ allows glass professionals to simply pick up the spray applicator and quickly apply Ritec ClearShield® in their own premises. This makes it ideal for smaller sized or smaller quantities of glass, or for infrequent users of ClearShield®. For those who have never tried ClearShield® before, the QuickSpray 300™ kit allows users to try it out with minimal financial risk. Should there be a need to adapt to greater volumes of production, semi- and fully-automatic application methods are available.

As a special launch offer, we are giving a 15% discount on QuickSpray 300™ kits until 10 December 2021, offering even better value!

With over 40 years of proven experience, Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment upgrades ordinary glass surfaces to ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This special type of glass has many benefits:

• Resists staining and discolouration
• Makes ordinary, unprotected glass easier to clean and keep clean
• Glass looks like new for longer
• Improves hygiene, as it is independently proven to resist the adherence of bacteria

In today’s hygiene-conscious times, and because Ritec ClearShield® resists bacterial adhesion, QuickSpray 300™ is perfect for use on glass sneeze screens.

Ritec ClearShield® works on both new clear float and sandblasted glass, as long as there is not already a coating on the surface. As with all Ritec ClearShield® methods of application, it is safe to apply as it is non-flammable and not classified as hazardous. The QuickSpray 300™ spray applicator is non-pressurised, propellant-free and ozone friendly. Unlimited shelf-life on product refills, available directly from Ritec, ensures there is no product wastage.

Contact us now if you are interested in QuickSpray 300™!

RitecRetrospective: Citigroup Centre, Sydney, Australia

Citigroup Centre is a 243-metre (797 ft) skyscraper located in Sydney, Australia. Upon completion in 2000, it was the 8th tallest building in the country and is the second-tallest in the city when measured to its spire.

Built by Multiplex Constructions, Citigroup Centre was completed just a week before the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Because Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy clean glass surface protection was specified prior to construction, this was factory-applied in Brisbane by G. James Glass and Aluminium while quality assurance was carried out by Hi-Tec, a glass structure specialist.

ClearShield® application prior to installation proved to be a masterstroke, as the rest of the façade was made of exfoliated granite and any rainwater run-off was removed with minimum effort during the construction clean-down, also carried out by Hi-Tec. This saved time and helped to reduce delays. Beyond Day One, ClearShield® helps to save time during cleaning and the glass looks like new between cleaning cycles.

For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

RitecRetrospective: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport, unofficially referred to as Bangkok Airport, is one of the biggest international airports in Southeast Asia and a regional hub for aviation. It is the 17th busiest airport in the world, eleventh busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country. It also serves as a major air cargo hub.

Prior to the airport’s opening in 2006, award-winning Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy clean glass surface protection was specified.

Ritec ClearShield® is a unique glass surface treatment. It was applied to some 100,000m² of new glass prior to the airport’s construction, helping to protect against harsh contaminants such as cement, concrete and construction dust as well as any run-off during installation. As the treated glass meant any contamination was easier to remove from the glass, it helped reduce costs and delays during its construction.

As ClearShield® has proven durability, the treated glass resisted staining from jet exhaust fumes and other contaminants as well as remaining easier to clean for many years after the airport’s opening.

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

RitecRetrospective: The Lloyd’s Building, UK

The iconic Lloyd’s Building is home to Lloyd’s of London, one of the world’s oldest and most popular insurance markets.

Officially opened in November 1986 by HM The Queen, the Lloyd’s Building is located in London’s financial district. It is an example of Bowellism architecture with its lifts, staircases and most of the piping exposed outside to maximise interior space.

During routine inspections in the early 1990s, the building owners found that paint on the frame around the barrel vaulted atrium was shedding and plating onto the glass. This adhered to the surface, making effective cleaning extremely difficult. A long-term solution had to be found.

In 1991, the atrium glass was successfully renovated and protected with the ClearShield System® in situ. This upgraded the glass surface for ‘non-stick’, easy-clean performance. As a result, any paint flakes landing on the glass protected with ClearShield® were easily wiped off and conventional cleaning methods were still sufficient to maintain the pristine appearance of the glass.

ClearShield® protection was so successful that other glass areas of the Lloyd’s building were treated. This included façade areas and glazing to the external wallclimber lifts.

The Lloyd’s Building’s Facilities Manager said, “We are very impressed with the ClearShield System, it has been extremely beneficial to our facilities management operation and we intend to carry on with the aftercare regime”.

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

Big 5 Construction Show = Big Success for 5ive Stars Trading Company!

Despite Covid-19, the recent Big 5 Construction Show in Egypt was still deemed to be a big success for Ritec International’s regional Marketing Partner, 5ive Stars Trading Company!

Many of the MENA region’s top developers and contractors were in attendance and visited 5ive Stars’s stand to discover more about the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance. Visitors from Europe and South America also stopped by the 5ive Star stand.

Visitors were amazed with the ClearShield® mud dome demonstrations which showed how much easier mud runs off ClearShield® treated glass compared to ordinary unprotected glass. Interest was so high in fact that 5ive Stars had quickly arranged a month’s worth of appointments to present how ClearShield® can work for them, no matter where they are in the glass supply chain.

Ali Saafan, Operations Manager at 5ive Stars, commented: “This exhibition was the real launch of Ritec ClearShield in Egypt since we resumed work again in March due to the corona situation. This platform has been perfect for us to promote ClearShield ‘non-stick’, easy clean glass to consultants, developers and end users. It gave us the opportunity to highlight the many benefits of ClearShield to a targeted audience, from its stain-resistance qualities that ensure a long-lasting pristine look to its hygiene benefits as it resists bacterial adhesion. The show has been such a success for us that we will be back exhibiting next year!”

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

Ritec Retrospective: London Heathrow Airport Control Tower, UK

The UK’s London Heathrow Airport is one of the world’s busiest, a major hub of the aviation world.

The glass of the VCR (Visual Control Room) required daily cleaning to remove dirt in an attempt to maintain good visibility for air traffic controllers. This was however deemed as high maintenance and a better solution was sought.

In 1987, Ritec was called in to renovate and protect the glass on-site with the award-winning ClearShield System™, upgrading the glass to make it ‘non-stick’ and easier to clean. After treatment, ClearShield® protection proved its worth: the maintenance team only felt the need to clean the glass just once a week instead of daily, so cleaning frequency was reduced dramatically by 85%. Not only did the glass require less effort to clean, clarity was optimised for the air traffic controllers.

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

Ritec Successfully Passes ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Audit!

Ritec International are once again delighted to announce we have successfully passed our annual ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 audit with Alcumus ISOQAR. This ensures our commitment to the customer, product and service quality, health and safety and continuous improvement is of the highest standard.

Ian Thomas, Lead Auditor of Alcumus ISOQAR, reports: “The Company were able to provide high levels of operational evidence to support the Organisation’s compliance to the requirements of the ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 standards via a range of processes audited during this two man-day remote surveillance audit.

“Clear levels of commitment to the Organisation’s management systems were evidenced. The Company’s approach in operating its management systems was seen to provide an effective overall framework to support the achievement of continual improvement, with supporting documented information maintained to support the maintenance and delivery of operational performance to ensure that service delivery remains compliant with specified internal requirement.

“A high level of customer focus and management commitment to deliver quality products and services along with providing safe working conditions for staff and its appointed contractors was demonstrated throughout the audit, based upon consideration of risk-based principles. No issues were identified during the audit.

“The audit team concludes that the organisation has established and maintained its management system in conformance with the requirements of the standard(s) 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 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.”

Martin Burkett AIIRSM, Ritec’s General Manager, commented: “We’ve operated ISO 9001 since 2008, and ISO 14001 since 2012. Within all this time we have not had a single non-conformance nor a minor, no small feat given the situation we have found ourselves in over the past year and a half and the fundamental change in the way we have had to operate to meet COVID requirements and how the audits, 2020 and 2021, have also had to change.

“Obviously, the biggest strain on Ritec this past year was the sudden sad loss of our Managing Director and Co-Founder Stephen Byers. In a way I feel this has brought everyone closer together, working closer in the metaphorical sense ensured that everything we did, we did correctly. So to the team, including our consultant Wayne Saul of Concept Quality Management Systems UK Ltd who has worked with us on ISO since day one, I would like to thank everyone for their help, and going forward, let’s continue this great record.”

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

The Glass House, Tsuyama Green Hills, Japan

The Glass House is a water park complex completed in October 1998. A popular attraction, it was designed by Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates. The building won the prestigious Architectural Institute of Japan for Design Award in 1999.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and scenery, the complex contains an indoor swimming area consisting of the main swimming pool (featuring a 90-metre (300ft) long water slide), relaxation pool and fitness pool.

To maintain the pristine appearance of the Glass House, Ritec ClearShield® was specified for all external glass, totalling 5,000m² (54,000 ft²) of the barrel vault roof and exterior walls.

ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment was factory-applied prior to installation. Its main benefits are:

  • Resists staining and discolouration
  • Always easier to clean and keep clean
  • Glass look like new for longer

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

Not for the First Time! Second Virgin Voyages Ship Gets ClearShield® Protection

Ritec Marine Services have recently been working on Valiant Lady, the second Virgin Voyages cruise ship to get ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment.

Currently in Fincantieri Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy, and scheduled for service in November 2021, this ship will accommodate approximately 2,700 guests and 1,150 crew for seven-day Caribbean voyages. Valiant Lady is the second of four Virgin Voyages ships, the first being Scarlet Lady, the third Resilient Lady and the last one yet to be named.

The expertise of Ritec Marine Services, based in the Netherlands, was called upon to renovate and protect the glass using the ClearShield Eco-System® on-site. Specifically this involves removing any contamination on the glass, including films, glues and dirt and to ensure the glass is chemically clean. The second step is the application of award-winning durable ClearShield® glass surface protective treatment. This is proven over decades of track records on cruise ships to protect the glass from staining and discolouration and also to make the cleaning regime easier. ClearShield® protection significantly helps to ensure crew and passengers enjoy optimal visibility as ordinary unprotected glass can easily suffer corrosion from the hostile marine environment.

A total of 12,343m² of glass is currently being treated by a 12-strong team.

For more information about Ritec Marine Services, visit www.ritecservices.nl/marine-services.