Ritec and Friends Share Great Success in Glasstec Return!

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!

Atrium and Rooflight Glass Rejuvenated Thanks to The ClearShield Eco-System®!

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.

New End-Consumer Website for UK and Ireland Launched!

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?

Ritec Passes ISO 9001 and 14001 Audit with Flying Colours!

Yet again it gives Ritec International great pleasure in announcing that we have successfully re-certified our ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 certifications. This ensures our commitment to the customer, product and service quality, health and safety and continuous improvement is of the highest standard.

This year’s ISOQAR audit was conducted over two days by Alcumus Senior Lead Auditor Ian Thomas. In conclusion, he noted within his report that “The Company was able to provide a high level 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 re-certification audit. No issues of non-conformance were identified during the on-site audit.”

He also noted: “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.”

Martin Burkett AIIRSM, Ritec’s General Manager, was ably assisted throughout the audit again by consultant Wayne Saul of Concept Quality Management Systems UK Ltd. Martin says: “I would like to say to Wayne and the whole of the Ritec team this: without everyone’s input this wouldn’t be possible, showing that processes that Stephen and Karen Byers [Ritec’s founders] introduced all those years ago still work today and complement those introduced since we first entered into the ISO process some 14 years ago. So well done team!”

The New ClearPad™ VPIR-200 – See the Game-Changing Application Machine at Glasstec 2022!

Ritec International, along with our exhibiting partners Ritec Services and Flexotec GmbH, will be introducing the brand new ClearPad™ VPIR-200 application machine at the Glasstec show in Düsseldorf, Germany later this month.

The Ritec ClearPad™ VPIR-200 is the most economical and efficient automated method of vertically pad-applying Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface treatment to glass.

The VPIR-200™ is truly game-changing. By combining the most efficient application method using pads with an infrared pre-heating unit for instant curing, the result is that a staggering 120 linear metres (almost 395 linear feet) of glass can be consistently treated with ClearShield® per hour.

Aimed at new or existing large-volume glass processors, ClearPad™ VPIR-200 fits the bill as it significantly reduces production time, handling and labour costs. Pad application means there is minimal wastage and no airborne particulates. Its small footprint size means it ticks all the boxes!

With over 40 years of proven experience, Ritec’s ClearShield Eco-System® 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

Visit stand 10/D51 at Glasstec and ask for a demonstration!

Stronger Together! Ritec International, Ritec Services and Flexotec Unite for Glasstec 2022

Ritec International will be joining forces with our subsidiary Ritec Services in the Netherlands and distributor Flexotec GmbH in Germany to exhibit at the world’s biggest glass show, Glasstec 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany, this September.

After a four-year absence due to the pandemic, all three companies – with many years’ success working together as a big family – are excited to be back at Glasstec. Collectively we will promote the benefits of the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’, easy-clean protection and maintenance of glass as well as market other glass-related products and services.

With over 40 years of proven experience, Ritec’s ClearShield Eco-System® 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

And at this year’s show, we will be launching new ways to apply the ClearShield Eco-System®. First, we will unveil the new ClearPad™ VPIR-200 fully automatic pad application machine. This revolutionary machine provides high-speed application of ClearShield® glass surface treatment with infrared pre-heating for instant curing. This significantly reduces production time, handling and labour costs and will interest new and existing factory-applicators of the ClearShield Eco-System® that process large quantities of glass. The actual VPIR-200 pad application module will be on display as a working demonstration.

At the other end of the application scale is new QuickSpray 300™. Designed for fast and easy manual application of ClearShield® protective treatment for smaller sizes of glass, it is ideal for glass artists and processors. The QuickSpray 300™ spray applicator is non-pressurised, propellant-free and ozone friendly. Unlimited shelf-life on product refills ensures there is no product wastage.

Staff from Ritec Services, our Dutch-based subsidiary of Ritec International, will be on hand at Glasstec to share their expertise on the ClearShield Eco-System® and Ritecoat System® for glass and metal framework respectively. They particularly have extensive knowledge of the on-site renovation and protection of glass in all kinds of market sectors including architectural, marine, residential, decorative and solar. Glass renovation and protection with the ClearShield Eco-System® brings glass back to new and is a highly cost-effective and faster solution compared to glass replacement.

Flexotec GmbH have been our official national distributor in Germany for many years. Additionally, they offer an entirely integrated system to design, supply, and protect shower doors. This system 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 high performance.

To encourage a relaxed atmosphere for networking, we will also be hosting entertainment in the form of music and complimentary food and drinks for the first three afternoons of Glasstec between 4-6pm. A successful introduction on our Glasstec stand in 2018, we are pleased to announce the return of these lively and informal networking events.

We hope to see you at the show at stand 10/D51!

Ritec Retrospective: Windowist Tower, Turkey

For almost 15 years, the 26-storey Windowist Tower in Istanbul, Turkey, had been left unoccupied. In that time frame, its glass and aluminium façade became heavily contaminated. This contamination was virtually impossible to remove with conventional washing, leaving the building looking dirty with little light entering it.

Under the supervision of Kozmos Cam, Ritec’s Marketing Partner in Turkey, a specialist on-site team of applicators restored all of the building’s glass and aluminium panels back to new in 2010. After that, 2,850m² (30,700 ft²) of glass was treated with ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean protection.

The results were, in the own words of the Tower owner’s Research and Development Manager, “honestly breathtaking”. Not only the ‘as-new’ look of the façade was fully restored, but the ClearShield® protection ensures the glass stays that way in the future with reduced maintenance requirements and costs.

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

Net Zero Heroes – Ritec Becomes Carbon Neutral!

With our continuous commitment towards combatting climate change and improving the way we operate within the workplace, Ritec International are pleased to announce we have become carbon neutral in 2022.

This impressive achievement was undertaken with the online platform Carbon Footprint™, a simple method of calculating an organisation’s carbon footprint and providing advice on how to reduce it. By tracking and reducing carbon emissions ‘at source’ as much as possible and compensating for unavoidable emissions via carbon offsetting, we rendered activities to become net zero carbon (carbon neutral). This action helps to protect both the environment and our business.

Ritec General Manager Martin Burkett AIIRSM, comments: “This is another of our proud achievements in making the world a greener place. Of course, we won’t simply leave it there; over the next 12 months we will look at even more ways to help fight climate change and sustain our environment.”

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

Ritec Retrospective: Atlantic Conveyor Container Ship

The Cunard-owned Atlantic Conveyor container ship was built by Swan Hunter in Tyne and Wear, UK in 1985. With a length of 234m / 768ft (later extended to 276m / 906ft), she replaced her namesake that was sunk during the 1982 Falklands War.

The ship’s exterior glass was treated on-site in October 1987 with Ritec ClearShield® ’non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to improve visibility in harsh marine conditions. Two years earlier, ClearShield® was applied to glass on another Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, with impressive results.

Cunard’s then-Chief Officer, J K Brocklehurst, was very impressed with the performance of ClearShield® on Atlantic Conveyor. In a testimonial letter to Ritec in January 1988, he wrote:

“Just a line to say how impressed all on Conveyor are with ClearShield.

The improvement in visibility through our bridge windows, in rain and heavy weather, has to be seen to be believed. A further bonus is not having to use precious man-power to wash the windows… we have just completed two winter crossings of the North Atlantic without having to once wash them manually.

It is truly pleasing to see a product that really lives up to its marketing promises.”

The marine environment is one of the harshest conditions for ordinary glass to be exposed to. But if it is treated with proven ClearShield® that upgrades it to ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass®, you can be sure it is the best protection around!

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

OMG! ClearShield® on OMDs Potentially Saves Lives!

ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection not only resists all kinds of staining and makes glass look pristine for longer, but did you know it is also specified to potentially save lives?

Over the years, Ritec have treated tens of thousands of small glass lens and mirrors used in Oil Mist Detectors (OMDs) with ClearShield®. OMDs are safety devices fitted to crankcases in ships with a certain engine power output or cylinder size. As the name suggests, OMDs detect the presence of oil mist at concentration levels well below the limit at which a catastrophic crankcase explosion can occur that could risk all lives onboard.

It is paramount that the lens and mirrors inside OMDs are kept as clean as possible. This facilitates fast and accurate monitoring to help buy more time and potentially avert a dangerous situation. Here, ClearShield® protection is a major benefit thanks to its proven ‘non-stick’, easy-clean properties. Additionally, with less contaminants adhering to lenses and mirrors treated with ClearShield®, this helps to reduce the likelihood of false alarms.

The treatment of glass lenses and mirrors for oil mist detectors with ClearShield® protection is one of the more niche and unusual applications we have encountered. This goes to show the versatility of ClearShield® and that it can be applied to any kind of glass surface. For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.