‘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.

Ritec Retrospective: Shanghai World Financial Center

With a height of 492 metres, the Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the tallest buildings in China. It was designed by renowned American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and developed by the Mori Building Company of Japan. The Center is a mixed-use supertall skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks and ground-floor shopping malls.

Approximately 100,000m² of glass was treated with ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield® in the factory prior to installation in 2006. This meant any harsh inorganic contaminants on the glass, such as concrete splatter and cement dust, was easier to remove during construction. Therefore ClearShield® reduced potential costly delays during construction and provided 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.

Ritec Retrospective: Rockerfeller Center, USA

Since 2000, buildings in the Rockerfeller Center complex were owned and managed by Tishman Speyer, a very large and well-known real estate investment company.

However, Tishman Speyer was constantly frustrated with the high-maintenance acid-etched glass elevator doors which had unsightly fingermarks on the surface. The company even considered replacing the doors at great expense, even though the glass was relatively new.

The ClearShield System® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment was subsequently specified and applied on-site in 2006, making the glass not only resistant to fingermarks, but also lower in maintenance. ClearShield® therefore helped save money on cleaning costs, and gave Tishman Speyer a long-term solution to keep the glass doors looking like new.

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

Ritec Achilles UVDB Re-Certified!

Ritec International is proud to be a fully-registered Silver Plus supplier on Achilles UVDB (Utilities Vendor Database) Community. This is the UK’s biggest utilities supplier online management community and the fourth year running that Ritec has successfully re-certified 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 necessary 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.

Martin Burkett AIIRSM, Ritec’s General Manager responsible for maintaining the registration, says: “Once again we are proud to be members of UVDB Community which allows us ultimately to save time and money in responding to repetitive pre-qualification questions. The scheme allows us to achieve new business through a transparent and open platform.”

For more information about Ritec, visit www.ritec.co.uk. For the official Achilles UVDB website, visit www.achilles.com.

Staff Promotion Announcement!

It gives Ritec great pleasure to announce that Mr Martin Burkett has now been promoted to the role of General Manager!

As Ritec’s Production Manager and Health & Safety Officer for over 23 years, Martin has been an invaluable member of the Ritec team and has made an outstanding contribution both to the company’s operations and in supporting its international network of Marketing Partners. Ritec thanks him for all of his hard work and continued loyalty and dedication.

Martin says: “I am excited about my promotion! I would like to thank Stephen – although he is sadly no longer with us – and Karen Byers along with Rakhi (Ritec’s Company Secretary) for recognising my accomplishments over the past few years by promoting me to General Manager. I look forward to the continued success of Ritec and our close-knit team”.

Congratulations Martin!

Ritec Retrospective: Luton Airport Parkway Railway Station, UK

The exterior glass of Luton Airport Parkway Railway Station in the UK had not been properly cleaned since it opened in 1999 so there was a significant amount of unsightly dirt build-up. Thameslink Rail, the company that runs the station, had to find a long-lasting solution. So in 2004, Ritec’s On-Site Application Team subsequently treated glass at the station, including the entrance façade and platform shelters with its award-winning ClearShield® System for glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean protection and maintenance. This provided a cleaner and more comfortable environment for passengers and staff alike.

A representative of Thameslink Rail, the station’s operating company, said: “The glazing was difficult to keep clean – regular cleaning was not effective and was costly. We needed something that kept glass cleaner longer and, if needed, made the cleaning easier to do.”

Glass treated with ClearShield® resists staining and discolouration and so keeps glass looking like clean for longer. Brake dust from trains is particularly harmful to unprotected glass surfaces and is usually difficult, if not impossible, to remove. But thanks to ClearShield®, the glass is protected from harsh contamination such as brake dust, and cleaning the glass is made significantly easier.

Thameslink is extremely pleased with the ClearShield® treatment, and the brighter, cleaner station offers a much more attractive welcome to passengers.

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

“We literally see the world in a new way now!” – ClearShield® Rescues Windows in Norwegian House

Windows in a house in Høybråten, northeast Oslo in Norway, were renovated and protected with the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, saving the owners significant stress, time and money.

The homeowners had their old roof professionally refurbished. They were happy with the results but later discovered residue from fluids sprayed on the roof tiles had blown away and drifted on to glass on the front of the house, bonding to it and ruining the view. This inorganic contamination on the glass became impossible to remove using standard cleaning products.

The roofing company was contacted, but ultimately their only solution was to provide financial compensation to have the affected glass to the front of the house replaced. The homeowners had no option but to accept this, mindful that glass replacement would still be a hassle. But worse still, the homeowners later realised all windows around the house were contaminated so this also needed resolving, adding to the expense and stress.

OverflateXperten – Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Norway – approached the homeowners with a fast, cost-effective alternative: the ClearShield Eco-System®. This is a unique and proven system specially developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass in situ. Rather than having to put up with the hassle and greater expense of having all the glass replaced, this was undoubtedly the better option. Additionally, any future contamination would not bond to the protected surface and would be easily washed away.

OverflateXperten’s proposal to treat all windows around the house was accepted and they got to work. In no time, the glass was renovated with specialist Ritec products so looked as good as when they were first installed. The next stage was to protect the glass with award-winning Ritec ClearShield® to provide a ‘non-stick’, easy-clean invisible barrier, upgrading the ordinary glass to ClearShield Eco-Glass® which has many benefits:

  • Always easier to clean and keep clean
  • Glass looks like new for longer
  • Resists staining and discolouration
  • Resists bacterial adhesion and growth

The homeowners were delighted with OverflateXperten’s glass renovation and protection work, saying: “Thank you for a great job! We literally see the world in a new way now!”

This project highlights the many benefits of glass renovation with the ClearShield Eco-System®. Not only does the process save time, manpower, hassle and money, it is greener to have existing glass treated and re-used in this way rather having to remove and replace with new windows.

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

Ritec Retrospective: Integer Hong Kong Pavilion

The Integer Hong Kong Pavilion is a research and educational project promoting better performance in housing by combining intelligent and environmental technologies with innovative construction techniques. According to the architects Leigh & Orange (L&O), this project researched and integrated a number of environmental considerations. It is designed with modular prefabricated elements that can be dismantled and with movable partitions and systems to allow flexibility. Low energy systems including passive systems, shading, insulation, wind turbines, photo-voltaic panels, solar panels, central air conditioning with local control have been integrated targeting 25% energy saving. Efficient water systems, including spray taps, dual flush toilets, rainwater harvesting, grey-water recycling targeted for 50% water saving. Other features such as improved air quality systems, waste separation refuse systems, planted sky gardens, atria, balconies, recyclable building materials including the Pavilion which can be recycled, or dismantled and re-erected in another location.

A team of experts from Hong Kong and London worked for more than 18 months to design and build the Pavilion and was opened in November 2001.

Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection was specified as this too has green credentials: because the glass looks cleaner for longer and has less dirt build-up, this special glass reduces frequency of cleaning. This in turn saves water, and is easily maintained using products that are kind to the environment. Approximately 250m² of glass was treated on-site.

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