Ritec Retrospective: Marina Bay Financial Centre

The Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore consists of three office towers, two residential towers and retail space at Marina Bay Link Mall.

Approximately 260,000m2 of glass was treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean surface treatment in 2013 for this major development prior to installation in order to protect the glass from harsh contaminants during construction.

Ordinarily, building contractors face the problem of concrete splatter, cement dust and slurry and other types of alkaline construction materials damaging and corroding the surface of glass on building sites. However, ClearShield® protection is the solution as it helps to reduce:

  • remedial work and costly replacement for glass surface damage
  • costs from unsatisfactory final builder’s clean or call-backs
  • delayed certification on glazing handover

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

Oil Be Back! OverflateXperten Returns to Oil Rig for More Glass Renovation and Protection Work

OverflateXperten is Ritec’s official Marketing Partner in Norway and possess a lot of experience renovating and protecting glass on-site. They particularly specialise in glass on oil rigs and platforms in the North Sea.

OverflateXperten has worked extensively on the Ekofisk oil field in the past. More recently, they were asked to renovate and protect glass on a driller cabin on-site with the ClearShield Eco-System®. This is because the oil rig’s crew were not able to get the ordinary, unprotected glass perfectly clean themselves despite their best efforts using specialised window cleaning products, as the ‘Before’ images show.

Driller cabin front window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The ClearShield Eco-System® is designed to restore glass to its original ‘as-new’ appearance before the application of award-winning and durable ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment. This ensures less staining building up on the glass so helps to maximise visibility and clarity. In addition, this optimises safety and helps reduce operational costs. For example, poor visibility from mud and oil splatter on the glass can potentially result in accidents and therefore the operation risks being shut down by the Health & Safety Executive; shutting down an oil rig costs on average £75,000 / $100,000 a day.

Driller cabin side window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

Thanks to the ClearShield Eco-System®, these problems are significantly reduced, despite the harsh offshore conditions. The System has 40 years of experience, even in tough marine conditions where ordinary, unprotected glass can corrode easily. The System upgrades the ordinary glass to higher performance ClearShield Eco-Glass® without the expensive costs and aggravation associated with glass replacement.

Driller cabin roof glass, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The net result is significantly less build-up of contaminants on the glass, and any mud and oil splatter is easier to remove without the need for harsh or abrasive cleaning processes or materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment. The driller operator now has maximum visibility and the treated glass helps avoid expensive shutdowns.

For more information on OverflateXperten or Ritec International, visit www.overflatexperten.no or www.ritec.co.uk respectively.

ClearShield® Protection for Marine Glass is Tough as Diamonds!

Diamond Princess is a British-registered cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She has the distinction of being the first ever Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard, specifically the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) shipyard in Nagasaki. Whilst there, the ClearShield System® was used to renovate and protect 12,000m2 of glass, ensuring it is stain-resistant, easy to clean and keep clean and ultimately looking like new for longer.

The ClearShield System® application was carried out by Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Japan, TBKK (Toa Boeki Kabushiki Kaisha) in 2004, under the supervision of Stefan Roelands, Ritec’s marine application specialist based in the Netherlands. Specialist after-care products were recommended to prolong the service life of ClearShield®, and these were used by maintenance teams.

By chance late last year, Mr Junji Nozaki, TBKK’s Managing Director, came across the Diamond Princess whilst docked in Yokohama. Junji observed the glass, particularly the cabin windows and balustrade panels, and all were looking sparkling clean. He has no doubt that ClearShield® is still doing its job, even after an amazing 15 years, keeping the glass looking as good as new with reduced maintenance requirements.

Diamond Princess is a prime example of everything great about ClearShield®:

  • The System renovates and protects the glass, upgrading it to a superior, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean surface;
  • ClearShield® protection is durable despite constant exposure to harsh conditions;
  • using the recommended after-care products prolongs the life of ClearShield®, significantly reducing costs and delays from having to replace badly-stained glass;
  • the glass looks cleaner for longer which in the cruise ship industry, means fewer complaints from passengers who cannot enjoy nice seaviews due to heavy staining on the glass.

Durable ‘non-stick’ ClearShield® protection for glass is proven in the marine sector and others too, including architectural, residential, decorative, offshore, shower and food & hygiene. For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec SafeContractor Accredited & Verified for 8th Year Running!

Yet again Ritec successfully attains Alcumus SafeContractor Accreditation along with Safe PQQ (PAS91) Verification!

It gives Ritec great pleasure in receiving these accolades in what has been a challenging year for businesses. Despite the global pandemic, Ritec’s commitment to the safety of its staff, customers, suppliers and members of the general public is still at the top of their priorities.

Ritec’s Martin Burkett, who was responsible for the accreditation process, comments: “SafeContractor Accreditation for the eighth year running proves that not only Ritec as a company, but each and every member of our staff, takes this seriously. Along with Safe PQQ (PAS91) verifying our capability to deliver and compliance with specific regulations, these were only achievable with cooperation of our hardworking staff, so a big ‘thank you’ goes out to them!”

Martin continues: “Ritec as usual continues to provide information and assistance on Health and Safety, imparting our knowledge to our network of Marketing Partners and licensed applicators, helping them to produce suitable documentation, work in a safe manner, and understand that their actions have wider implications.”

For more information on Safecontractor, please visit www.safecontractor.com.

Roshnak’s Renovation Rescues Bus Windows!

Roshnak Surface Care Systems is Ritec International’s Marketing Partner for India. They fully understand that although glass is designed to look clean, it can be tough to keep clean. Fortunately, thanks to their many years of renovating and protecting glass surfaces, they have the perfect solution.

So when Roshnak received a frantic call from a maintenance company responsible for governmental public buses in Gurgaon, Delhi, they were confident they could help.

The maintenance company seemed to be very distressed with severe marks on the glass windows on 40 buses. These marks accumulated over the lockdown period and although the most common methods and different products were tried, none could remove these tough stains.

Roshnak used Ritec’s specialist Renovation products to remove the stubborn staining from the glass in a relatively short time period. This restored the clarity and visibility which helps to promote a more comfortable and safe environment for passengers. Roshnak’s renovation expertise made all the glass look as good as new and reduced the stress of the glass maintenance company.
Ranauk Bhagwat, Roshnak’s Head of Business Development, commented: “Thanks to the Ritec’s renovation products and our training and experience, we have the confidence to restore glass surfaces back to their ‘as-new’ appearance. Our renovation procedure is the perfect alternative to glass replacement which is costly in both terms of time and money. Just imagine having to take buses out of service to replace the glass, and the financial costs involved. Our client was totally relieved that not only did we get rid of the staining they felt was impossible to remove quickly and efficiently, the solution was reasonably priced too”.

If you would like to find out more about Roshnak, email info@ritecindia.com.

ClearShield Protects Elevator Façade in New Baku Shopping Mall

Deniz Mall, also known as Caspian Waterfront Mall or Baku Entertainment Centre, is a new mixed-use 120,000m² entertainment, retail, leisure and dining destination situated to the east of Azerbaijan. Designed by award-winning architects Chapman Taylor, a central ‘flame’ tower completes eight angled glass façades inspired by the eight-pointed star on Azerbaijan’s national emblem. Deniz Mall soft-opened in June earlier this year.

Pasha Construction was commissioned for the mall’s construction work. This was a natural choice given their landmark projects have made a significant contribution to the impressive transformation of the Baku cityscape in recent years.

When it came to the panoramic elevator system, Pasha Construction subcontracted the build to Sinerji Insaat (Synergy Construction), based in Turkey with a branch office in Baku. The elevator’s impressive façade consisted of 800m² of 8+8 mm tempered laminated glass.

For such a prestigious project, Sinerji wanted an easy-clean surface treatment on the façade to help keep the glass looking pristine for longer. Kozmos Cam, Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Turkey, were invited to demonstrate the power of the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass. This System upgrades any ordinary glass surface to ClearShield Eco-Glass® giving it numerous benefits. The surface is ‘non-stick’ so resists staining and discolouration. The glass typically halves the time and effort to clean, restoring it to a sparkling finish a lot quicker compared to ordinary glass. ClearShield Eco-Glass® is also found to reduce the frequency of cleaning, potentially saving maintenance costs. As an added benefit, treated glass has been independently proven to resist the adhesion and growth of bacteria, particularly important in today’s hygiene-conscious times.

Sinerji were impressed with all the benefits of ClearShield Eco-Glass® and so instructed Kozmos Cam to carry out the application. Both sides of the glass façade were treated, so Kozmos Cam upgraded a total of 1,600m² of ClearShield Eco-Glass® in their own Istanbul premises prior to the installation.

ClearShield Eco-Glass® helps to maintain a cleaner image and provide a more welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors to Deniz Mall. As the glass requires less maintenance, it saves time too, so everyone benefits!

For more information about Kozmos Cam, visit www.kozmoscam.com.tr. For more information on Ritec ClearShield®, visit http://www.ritec.co.uk.

Well Worth It! ClearShield Eco-System® Maintains Beautiful Sea Views for Worthing Property

Ritec specialise in providing glass renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance solutions with its award-winning ClearShield Eco-System®. Our On-site Team recently visited a house near Worthing in Sussex to carry out application of this System.

The house is situated on the coast with a beautiful view of Ferring Beach. There is a price to pay for this benefit however, and that the glass is susceptible to salt staining due to its proximity to the coast. This can easily etch the surface, permanently ruining its appearance. Thankfully, the homeowners had the foresight to get in touch with Ritec to have the glass renovated and protected with the ClearShield Eco-System®.

Our experienced on-site applicators first renovated the glass using specialist Ritec products to ensure any existing contamination is removed, leaving it chemically clean. The next stage was the application of ClearShield®, a unique surface treatment that bonds with the glass, becoming part of it which makes it highly durable. Once cured, the upgraded glass becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

There are many benefits of ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®:

  • Resists staining and discolouration
  • Easier to clean and keep clean, using less time and effort compared to ordinary glass
  • Frequency of cleaning is typically halved
  • Looks pristine for longer
  • Clarity is optimised so the homeowners can enjoy the view from the inside without worrying about salt staining ruining it
  • Independently proven to resist the adhesion and growth of bacteria

The Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® is a cost-effective alternative to glass replacement and works for all kinds of glass, interior or exterior.

In total, 40m² of glass was treated, which included all rearward-facing glass – bi-folding doors, balcony and windows – and for good measure, the windows on the front of the house.

So if you live in a coastal area, or even feel your glass is looking tired, contact Ritec for the proven solution! Visit www.ritec.co.uk for more information.

ClearShield® Saves the Day for Giza Homeowners!

The ClearShield Eco-System® saves the day once again! This time amazed homeowners in Giza, Egypt realised just how the System transformed dirty, lifeless glass to ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®.

During the house’s construction process, the windows and balustrade glass attracted all kinds of contamination including cement staining, dust and limescale. These contaminants were all impossible to remove using standard cleaning products and in some cases, harsh and abrasive cleaning can make things worse. Glass replacement was an option but costly both in terms of time and money.

The homeowner came across Five Stars, Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Egypt. They are fully trained to renovate, protect and maintain glass with the ClearShield Eco-System®. Five Stars got to work and in no time, removed the heavy contamination from the glass, ensuring it was chemically clean. They then applied ClearShield®, an award-winning durable protective treatment that makes glass ‘non-stick’ and easy clean. Once the glass is protected, it becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is easier to clean and keep clean, reduces frequency of cleaning and looks like new for longer.

Five Stars treated 216m² of glass in total. Now the homeowners not only enjoy nice views of their garden and swimming pool, they are also safe in the knowledge that the glass will continue to look sparkling with little effort.

Ali Saafan, Managing Director’s Assistant at Five Stars, was full of praises. He said: “We are very glad and satisfied by the ClearShield Eco-System as it renovated the glass from ‘zero to hero’… this resulted in very happy homeowners!”

For more information about Ritec and the ClearShield Eco-System®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

ClearShield® Solves Tour Company’s Coach Conundrum!

‘Non-stick’, easy-clean Ritec ClearShield Eco-Glass® technology is proven to delight drivers and passengers when it comes to automotive glass!

Take this prime example of Leisure Time Travel, a family-owned and operated New Zealand travel company. For over 30 years, they have provided inspirational travel experiences including coach tours, weekend breaks, road trips and small group tours.

Les Mehrtens is the company’s founder and director, and is a coach driver himself. He was looking for a glass surface treatment for his coaches that optimised visibility (which in turn helps safety and driver comfort) as well as enhancing the viewing pleasure of tourists.

Les tried a well-known glass surface treatment supplier but was left disappointed. He then came across Ritec ClearShield® and was thrilled to find a solution that not only worked, but, in his own words, exceeded his expectations. “Storms during the summer months would make driving treacherous both for me and my South Island drivers were it not for ClearShield treatment”, said Les. “Windscreen visibility – even without using wipers – and driving long days in terrible weather was made so much easier because of ClearShield. Tourists also commented that the windows were the clearest they had ever toured on!”

ClearShield® is an award-winning durable glass surface treatment manufactured in the UK by Ritec International. They developed the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass, upgrading ordinary glass to higher performing easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® that resists moisture, alkalinity and dirt. Its versatility means any glass can be upgraded – architectural, residential, decorative, marine, offshore, solar and as emphasised here, automotive.

The ClearShield® application was carried out by Peter and Heather Wavish of Specialist Glass Cleaning and Protection (SGC). Over the years they have treated glass in hundreds of buses and coaches ensuring everyone benefits, from the driver’s safety and comfort to the pleasure of passengers.

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

Roshnak in India Marks 10th Year Anniversary as Ritec’s Marketing Partner!

Roshnak Surface Care Systems, based in Raipur, India, recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary as Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner in the region. In that time, they launched Ritec’s ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® in India and have become very successful. Mrs Ujwala Bhagwat, the owner of Roshnak, explains the story:

“Ten years ago, I visited the Ritec International factory in the UK with the intention of understanding their business. I remember being excited by the potential of all these cutting edge and innovative products in the Indian setting which was a booming and developing market, hence Roshnak Surface Care Systems was born. I did not underestimate the work that would go into it though and I felt motivated every day to achieve our vision of all glass – ‘Non-Stick’.

Ten years later, I am as motivated as ever. The Indian glass industry has accepted the ClearShield® trend-shift with open arms. We are happy to be early adopters of this unique glass surface protection technology in India. We have managed to proliferate into different levels of the glass industry in the past decade, from small scale applicators and fabricators, to large scale glass processors and even architects. We offer an on-site glass renovation, protection and maintenance service, saving our clients time and money from having to replace glass. We now have 50+ partners all over the country, encompassing almost 20 states. We have also won industry awards, a sign that ‘we’ve made it’!

Having said all this, I feel this is still just the start and if we have learnt something after treating more than a million square feet of glass with ClearShield®, is that ‘Non-Stick’ Glass Surfaces are here to stay. I thank Stephen, Karen, Prerana, Ka-Shing, Bob & everyone else at Ritec for their continuous support. I also would like to thank our applicators and processor partners in India who work with us in tandem to achieve our vision. Here’s to moving onwards and upwards in the coming decade.”

The staff at Ritec International would like to congratulate Roshnak on this outstanding milestone and we wish them even more success for the future!