Ride 4 Joseph Update


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.

For the complete story, updates and to donate, please visit:


Aberdeen Airport – the latest control tower to benefit from Ritec ClearShield® renovation and ‘non-stick’ protection

Aberdeen Airport SMA 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 info@ritec.co.uk for assistance.


Ride 4 Joseph


In December 2018, the unthinkable happened to Kay Collier, our friend @Cornwallglass, and her husband Darren. Their little boy Joseph was born sleeping at just 23 weeks old.

Adding to the obvious extreme distress, they then discovered that Joseph just does not exist in the eyes of the world. Having given birth pre 24 weeks, it is not legally possible to register his birth, 2nd December 2018, with Darren and Kay Collier as his parents. This is absolutely heart breaking; they know they had a son, but without having an official birth certificate, records will never show that he ever existed.

With no registered birth, there can be no registered death. The options offered to them were a private funded service with his body placed in a shared grave, a group hospital cremation or to be buried on their own private land, like a pet. He was too small to cremate to obtain many if any ashes. Any collected could have been scattered over a dedicated memorial garden at a cemetery.

The couple now wish to take action not just for Joseph or for themselves, but for all parents and children that will ever find themselves in a similar situation. Kay and Darren have bravely decided to start their own charity that will aim 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.

‘Ride 4 Joseph’ has therefore been created to raise funds in order to start the charity. It is a bike ride, over 300 miles, that Joseph’s Daddy, Darren, is doing dressed as a monkey riding a 20” BMX from London to Truro in Cornwall from 22-26 August 2019.

Their aim is to provide other parents, family and friends a recognisable place of rest for individual reflection, but also to give comfort that the children are in an angel community, all dancing and playing together.

We hope you can support Kay and Darren to reach their goal!

Read Joseph’s full story and donate here:

Ritec ClearShield® Gives Fans Perfect View at New Moscow Stadium

The recently-opened VTB Arena is a multi-purpose stadium in Moscow, Russia, built on the site of the demolished Dynamo Moscow stadium. The stadium, under one roof, unites two arenas: the Lev Yashin Dynamo Central Stadium named after the club’s legendary goalkeeper with a 25,716 capacity during football matches and up to 33,000 for concerts, and the multi-functional VTB Indoor Arena with a maximum 14,000 capacity, depending on the configuration of the site. The complex also includes a shopping and entertainment centre, office buildings, apartment buildings and a 5-star hotel. The total investment is estimated to be US$1.5 billion.

VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia

The first football match at the venue took place on 26 May 2019. After the event, Bayerisches Haus, a specialist manufacturer of joinery products, was tasked to create a pitchside fence. Many different options were considered and in the end, a tempered glass partition was the way to go. Immediately, the question arose on how to protect the glass from staining and discolouration. This was where Ritec Systems Russia – a partner of Bayerisches Haus – came in.

Inside the Lev Yashin Dynamo Central Stadium

As Ritec International’s official Marketing Partner for the region, Ritec Systems Russia were well placed to treat the 500m² glass partition on-site with award-winning ClearShield® ’non-stick’, durable easy-clean protection, upgrading it to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. The glass now resists dirt and staining so fans enjoy optimal clarity, and it will also be easier to clean and keep clean plus maintain a sparkling appearance for longer.

500m² of glass partitioning was treated with ClearShield, upgrading it to ClearShield Eco-Glass

Vadim Derbenev, CEO of Ritec Services Russia, commented: “It was a great honour for my team and I to be involved in such a large-scale and prestigious project. Together with our partner Bayerisches Haus, we quickly completed the protection of glass with the ClearShield Eco-System®, it was turned around in just 3 days. I trust the fans and maintenance teams will be happy with the ClearShield-protected glass!”

Vadim Derbenev (CEO) and Yuliya Derbeneva (Commercial Manager)

Vadim Derbenev (CEO of Ritec Systems Russia) and Yuliya Derbeneva (Commercial Manager of Ritec Systems Russia)

For more information on Ritec Systems Russia, visit http://www.ritecsystems.ru. For more about Ritec International, visit http://www.ritec.co.uk or email info@ritec.co.uk.

Ritec launches After-Care for Shower Glass Refill packs!

After-Care for Shower Glass 500ml Refill Pack

Following strong consumer feedback, it gives us great pleasure to launch After-Care for Shower Glass Refill packs!

Ritec After-Care for Shower Glass gives these great benefits…

  • Non-abrasive cleaner to remove soaps, body fats and light limescale
  • Effective disinfectant to improve hygiene in the bathroom
  • Enhancer of ClearShield Eco-Glass® for an even longer-lasting performance

This new product pack size addresses consumers’ wishes to keep the original trigger spray bottle to re-use rather than disposing or recycling it.

Available in 500ml cylindrical bottles, this pack size uses significantly less plastic (57% less by weight!) compared to the standard trigger spray bottle – great news in today’s climate where consumer attitudes are shifting towards less plastic usage.

It also costs a few pounds less than the standard trigger spray version so keeping your ClearShield® shower sparkling like new has never been more cost effective!

Exclusive from Ritec, visit our secure online shop www.clearshield.biz to purchase (UK and Republic of Ireland only).


Ritec International, pioneers of the ClearShield Eco-System™ for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass, is now able to claim products in the System are ‘green’ after successfully attaining Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) approval.

SGBC2018 Logo JPG

Awarded by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), its SGBP scheme is regarded as one of the key standards and benchmarks for green building products in the building and construction industry. As such, the SGBP is well recognised under the Green Mark Scheme, Singapore’s national green building rating tool administered by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

The Singapore Green Building Product Certification Scheme was launched by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) in September 2010 to support the BCA Green Mark Scheme, and help the building industry move towards sustainability. The certification provides consumers, building industry stakeholders, and government procurement system a listing of assessed and certified green building products in the following categories: Mechanical, Electrical, Facade and Roof System, Concrete and Structural, Interior System, Finishes, Recycled Material, and Renewable Energy.

To be awarded SGBP’s green building product status, Ritec’s ClearShield® formulations exported to the region were assessed on their environmental properties and performance through a comprehensive list of criteria covering the five key areas of Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Resource Efficiency, Health & Environmental Protection and Other Green Features.

The assessed Ritec ClearShield® products were ultimately awarded with a two tick ‘Very Good’ rating. Obtaining the SGBP label of approval means these products are assured of their superior environmental performance benchmarked against current industrial standards.

Mr Martin Burkett, Ritec International’s Production Manager, project managed the entire application process and was extremely happy with the outcome, commenting: ‘‘Achieving green product certification for two of Ritec’s premium products underlines the savings that can be made, not only to the customer as a direct cost saving on maintenance, but also towards the environmental benefits of using Ritec’s ClearShield protection. Being awarded this certification is something Ritec and I are proud to be a part of.’’

Breathtaking renovation & protection of a building façade in Istabul to restore its ‘as-new’ appearance!

The modern Akdag Plaza Windowist tower in Istanbul had been left unoccupied for almost 15 years. Over the years, its glass and aluminium façade became heavily contaminated. This contamination was virtually impossible to remove with regular washing, leaving the building looking very dirty with little light entering it.
Turkey-Akdag Plaza-renovated panel
When all else fails, renovation is the ideal solution for exterior and interior glass that have been contaminated and stained. Ritec’s unique glass renovation process removes contamination – both organic and inorganic – from the surface of Problem Glass when regular cleaning is no longer effective. But this process is part of a full system that goes much further.

The ClearShield Eco-System™ is a unique, award-winning, fully-integrated system for:

Glass Renovation – brings glass already installed back to its ‘as-new’ appearance when all else fails.

Glass ‘Non-Stick’ Protection – converts the surface of ordinary glass into ClearShield Eco-Glass™ to help retain the original ease of maintenance, clarity and sparkle of glass.

Glass Maintenance – a simple and environmentally friendly after-care programme allows for ClearShield Eco-Glass™ to perform for the life of the glass.

Under the supervision of Kozmos Cam, Ritec’s Marketing Partner in Turkey, a specialist team of applicators restored the entire surface of the building, glass and aluminium panels, before protecting the glass with the ClearShield® protection.

The results were in the words of the research and development manager of the owner of the tower ‘breathtaking’. Not only the ‘as-new’ look of the façade was restored, but the protection will ensure it stays that way in the future and will reduce maintenance requirements and costs. Congratulations to all at Kozmos Cam for this great project.

Do you have Problem Glass in your building or at home? Are you looking for a new business opportunity and are interested in becoming a specialist applicator of the ClearShield Eco-System™? Contact us now at info@ritec.co.uk.