Ritec International is very proud that it has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in Health & Safety for the seventh year running.
Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme that recognises very high standards in health and safety management among UK contractors. Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a stringent audit process that examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Companies that meet the high standard are included on a database which is only accessible online by registered users.
Ritec’s Production Manager and Health & Safety Officer Martin Burkett AIIRSM says: “Achieving Safecontractor accreditation for the seventh year clearly displays Ritec’s commitment to the health and safety not only for its employees, but its clients and the general public. As always, our staff demonstrate commitment to health & safety whether working on-site or within our production site. This accreditation validates that and was only achieved with the co-operation of the whole Ritec team. I am therefore pleased to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Ritec goes even further, comments Martin: “Where possible we will also pass on our knowledge to our network of subsidiaries, international partners and licensed applicators, helping them to produce suitable documentation, work in a safe manner and understand that their actions have wider implications.”
Ritec India / Roshnak Surface Care Systems wrapped up a hugely successful glassproINDIA 2019 show in Mumbai by winning the Glass Bulletin Awards Best Innovation Product Award for the second year running! Congratulations to Roshnak’s Ujwala Bhagwat and her team for this excellent achievement!
Roshnak is Ritec International’s official distributor in the region for the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance.
Ujwala commented, “This award brings us a step closer to our vision of having toughened, non-stick glass as a standard and we now feel even more encouraged to work towards this. It is a truly great acknowledgement that ClearShield is the clear winner in liquid-applied glass surface treatments.”
Ritec International, specialists in ‘non-stick’ surface solutions, is proud to announce it has once again been awarded ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001:2015 – the international quality standards for a company’s products and services – after its re-certification in June this year.
Ritec’s ‘Scope of Registration’ covers:
- The manufacture of liquid chemical products, marketing and worldwide supply, plus training and on-going technical and aftersales support services for the various Ritec Systems and Products
- Ritec provide products and solutions for renovation, “non-stick” protection and maintenance of glass, metal and plastic surfaces
Ritec’s route to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 involved a thorough independent assessment of all internal systems, from production and sales order processing, purchasing, staff training, administration and environmental policies and processes.
Achieving these coveted ISO standards bring many benefits to Ritec, its staff and its customers, says the company’s Production Manager, Martin Burkett AIIRSM, who was responsible for overseeing the certifications: “Although our systems already met the required environmental, quality and management standards, they are also about highlighting areas where we could improve even further. For example, by detailing certain monitoring rather than just basic monitoring, and as a result enhancing productivity and our service to customers, Ritec now measures its aftercare customers’ carbon offset against its refill bottles as one example.”
ISOQAR lead auditor Ian Thomas writes in the Audit Conclusion: “The audit team concludes that the organisation has established and maintained its management system in line with the requirements of the standard(s) and demonstrated to the audit team that it has the 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”.
Martin Burkett continues, “ISO 9001 and 14001 are great achievements, however we will not rest on our laurels and believe it is important for any organisation to seek ever higher standards. We will continue to ensure that orders are met consistently to the correct specification as well as motivating our staff to work towards continued improvement for the benefit of our business and our customers.”
Ritec Services, global specialists in marine glass renovation, ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance, were commissioned by Somec to treat 17,200m2 of glass on board the new Princess Cruises cruise liner.
The 145,000 ton Sky Princess has a capacity of 3,660 passengers and 1,346 staff. The area of glass treated by Ritec Services is the equivalent of almost 2½ football pitches!
The ship was in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy whilst being worked on. Ritec Services began the glass cleaning process by removing the protective film, paint and silicone on the surface. The glass was then treated with ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ protection to resist staining from harsh sea salts and other contaminants whilst in service. This helps to ensure passengers have a clear view out of their cabins and saves water and manpower during cleaning. All glass surfaces were inspected afterwards for quality control purposes.
With the glass now looking pristine, the Sky Princess is ready for its maiden voyage due later this month!
Ritec International’s subsidiary in the Netherlands, Ritec Services, is the global specialist for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance of glass. Its specialist marine division, Ritec Marine Services, recently started work on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Norwegian Encore cruise liner.
Whilst at the Meyerwerft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Ritec Marine Services will protect all glass on-site with award-winning ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface treatment. ClearShield® is proven to resist harsh sea salt contamination as well as dirt so significantly help preserve beautiful views from passenger cabin windows. The additional benefit of ClearShield-protected glass is that maintaining it requires less time, effort and manpower.
For this particular project, Ritec Marine Services will treat the glass in a specific order depending on the supplier. The glass suppliers include Brombach + Gess GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, BOHAMET S.A. of Poland and Somec S.p.A. of Italy as well as orders directly from Norwegian Cruise Line. In total, 23,000m2 of glass will be protected with ClearShield® by Ritec Marine Services.
The Norwegian Encore has a gross tonnage of 169,145 gt. With 20 decks, this cruise liner has a 4,000-passenger capacity, and its maiden voyage is scheduled for next month.
We are delighted to announce that Darren Collier completed his ‘Ride 4 Joseph’ 300+ mile journey from London to Truro to raise money to start a new charity. Darren accomplished this epic feat in 5 days, dressed as a monkey, riding a 20” BMX bike in sweltering temperatures (in fact, the hottest August Bank Holiday in the UK ever recorded!). Congratulations Darren!
Darren and wife Kay – our friend from Cornwall Glass – decided to create a charity to raise money for a plot of land where sons and daughters who have been born through a late miscarriage can be laid to rest in a humane and respectful manner. This idea was struck after their own personal tragic experience. ‘Ride 4 Joseph’ was created to raise funds to register the charity.
Thanks to generous donors, they exceeded their initial target and now their charity can be registered. This is just the first step and now the aim is to raise funds for the plot of the land.
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A Ritec on-site team recently travelled to Aberdeen Airport to renovate and protect the glass on the control tower with the unique ClearShield Eco-System®. Thanks to Ritec, the glass now looks as good as new, and having durable ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection helps to maintain the clear view for longer. This results in air traffic controllers benefiting from optimal clarity – vital for day-to-day operations – while maintenance units require less time to clean the glass.
For over 30 years, Ritec have been specified by NATS (National Air Traffic Services, provider of air traffic services to 14 UK airports including Aberdeen) to renovate and protect several control towers in the UK. This is testimony to ClearShield’s excellent durability and performance in these kind of conditions where unburnt hydrocarbons, pollution and staining can cling onto ordinary unprotected glass, potentially compromising safety of aircraft movements if controllers have difficulty seeing out of dirty glass. ClearShield® is THE effective solution!
ClearShield® has already been applied to glass in many major airports around the world (not just airport control towers but terminal buildings as well), as the companies that own them understand the range of benefits it brings.
Do you have glass that could do with Ritec ClearShield® renovation and protection? Contact us now at email@example.com for assistance.