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.

‘Godmother of Ritec Services’ Reaches Major Milestone!

Today we are celebrating the 25th work anniversary of Mrs Laura Oomen of Ritec Services in the Netherlands!

Back in June 1996, Laura started out as Office Manager for what was then known as Ritec Holland BV. Her role was to ensure that all office tasks were carried out correctly, taking orders, works scheduling, administration and supporting the management team.

Over the years, through much dedication and hard work, she has worked her way up to Operations Manager for the company which, since 2009, has been renamed Ritec Services, a subsidiary of Ritec International Limited in the UK. Ritec International in North London is the home of the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass.

Laura’s role has developed into an integral one with greater responsibilities. She has become more and more involved in higher management decision-making on top of her office management role. But Laura is quick to point out it is not just about her: “We have a great team with lovely colleagues all dedicated to expanding the business, keeping quality and service as top priority.”

Laura comments: “I am always happy to be working, it’s part of my life, giving structure to my day. During the Covid period I worked some time from home but I really prefer the office. I am definitely a ‘people person’!”

Working alongside others has unquestionably been key to Laura’s job satisfaction at Ritec: “I have so many nice memories from working with great Marketing Partners throughout Europe and from colleagues I am working with now and used to work with in the past. Also, the international glass exhibitions are always a highlight because we see each other again in person.”

Her colleagues all agree that Laura is an absolute pleasure to work with and that she is responsible for keeping the company shipshape. Stefan Roelands, Ritec Services’ General Manager says: “Laura is the Godmother of the company.  And speaking on behalf of all my colleagues, I am 100% sure that without all of Laura’s excellent work, the company would not be in as good a position as it is today. She is a vital member of our team, plus she is always good for a laugh.”

Stefan continues: “Laura is full of energy and positivity and that significantly contributes to the ongoing success of Ritec Services. But she is more than just a colleague, she is also a trustworthy friend to everyone who knows her, and always ready to lend an ear.”

Congratulations Laura from everyone in the Ritec network for reaching this massive milestone!

Crystal Clear! Crystal Endeavor Gets ClearShield® Protection

Crystal Cruises’s latest ship being built is Crystal Endeavor, by MV Werften in Stralsund, Germany. With a length of 164 metres / 539 feet, she will be the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht when launched later this year.

The ship had been under construction for the past three years but due to the Covid pandemic, inevitably work had stopped. Recently, with construction almost complete, an on-site application team from Ritec Marine Services based in the Netherlands, travelled to Stralsund to carry out work. The specialist team renovated and protected over 2,300m2 (24,800ft2) of glass with the ClearShield Eco-System®.

The ClearShield Eco-System® is the perfect way to protect marine glass in particular. The first stage was to ensure the glass was chemically clean, so the on-site team removed all kinds of contamination from the surface such as glues, films, dirt and so on. The next stage was the application of award-winning ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection, creating an invisible barrier that resists staining and discolouration. This is especially important for marine glass as the harsh sea environment can easily corrode ordinary, unprotected glass to spoil seaviews, a common cause of complaints from guests. Moreover, glass that is difficult to see out of can potentially affect safety if crew cannot see out of the bridge clearly, for example.

Glass protected with the ClearShield Eco-System® becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is always easier to clean and keep clean. This means less manpower and effort is required to maintain the glass. The glass also looks like new for longer, helping to preserve the overall pristine look of the vessel.

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

Ritec Retrospective: International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

The International Commerce Centre (ICC) is Hong Kong’s tallest building with a height of 484 metres (1,588 feet). The tower was designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in association with local architectural and engineering practice Wong & Ouyang. As well as the Elements shopping mall on the lower floors and offices and restaurants, the building also incorporates The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong hotel and an observation deck called Sky100.

The International Commerce Centre was completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. Factory-application of ClearShield® was specified beforehand to help protect the glass during the construction. This meant any concrete splatter, cement dust, building run-off and other harsh contaminants were not able to bond to the glass thanks to its ‘non-stick’, easy-clean properties.  Therefore ClearShield® helped to reduce potential costly delays during construction, providing a significantly lower-cost alternative to replacing the glass due to surface damage.

For more information about Ritec’s glass protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.