A Brief History

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005 | 2002 | 2000 | 1991 | 1988 | 1987
1986 | 1983 | 1981

 

2016

During the week of Glasstec 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ritec celebrates the 35th anniversary of ClearShield®.

 


2015

Ritec is a finalist of the Commercial Project of the Year Award at the G15 British Glass Awards event with the P&O Cruises Britannia cruise liner glass surface renovation and protection project.


 

Ritec is named one of the top five new innovations of Ecobuild 2015 in The
Big Innovation Pitch in association with  Marks & Spencer
, an initiative aiming to unearth innovation across the sustainable design, construction and energy sectors.


2014

Ritec is a finalist of the Training and Development Initiative of the Year Award with their new Factory Training and Support Centre concept at the G14 British glass awards event.

 

 

Ritec launches the 'new and proven' ClearShield Eco-System™, powered by the next generation ClearShield® for even better performance and durability.


2013

Across the Atlantic, Ritec's ClearShield Eco-System™ wins US Glass magazine's Product of the Year Award.

 




Ritec is a finalist of the Environment Initiative of the Year Award with their ClearShield Eco-System™ at the G13 British glass awards event.


2012

Ritec receives certification under ISO 14001:2004, the first global standard for environmental management systems.



 


2011

Ritec celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ClearShield System™ for durable glass surface protection.


2009

Ritec wins its second award in one night, coming Runner-up for Best Entrant from a Business in the Enfield Innovators Competition.




At the British Glass G09 Awards Evening also held at Wembley, Ritec wins the coveted Glass Company of the Year Award.





Ritec relaunches ClearShield® at the G09 Regionals - Wembley Show, announcing extended durability, energy savings, maintained light transmission and improved health & hygiene.



Ritec now manages the application team in the Netherlands under the new banner ‘Ritec Services’, which is highly experienced in the restoration, protection and maintenance of marine and architectural glass.


2008

Ritec collects second prize in The Innovative Business of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays Bank. The competition was organised by Enterprise Enfield, a regional business support agency.



Ritec is awarded ISO 9001: 2000 certification, the international quality standard for a company's products and services.


2006

Ritec celebrates the 25th anniversary of ClearShield®, marking a major milestone of the System.


2005

Ritec wins the Specialist of the Year Award at the UK glass industry's G 05 Awards, thus recognising the company's pioneering work which started out over 20 years ago.


2002

Ritec relocates the head office team from Tottenham to new premises at
Innova Science Park in Enfield, Middlesex. This move was part of their 
plan to support continuing growth and business development.





The VoltShield System™ is introduced for the renovation, protection 
and maintenance of glazed ceramic and glass electrical insulators.


2000

The British Design Council selects the ClearShield System™ as a Millennium Product, acknowledging Ritec’s ongoing commitment to the development of innovative ‘non-stick’ surface technology.


1991

The Ritecoat System™ is born, designed to renovate and protect a range of surfaces.
 


1988

Ritec acquires a formulation originally developed for protection of offshore oil platforms and adapted it for use on paintwork, plastics, metals and wood.


1987

ClearShield® wins the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation and Production and a Blue Ribbon Award at the Daily Mail Idea Home Exhibition, the UK's largest consumer exhibition. 


1986

The ClearShield System™ is born, designed to upgrade ordinary glass into ClearShield® 'Non-Stick' Glass, either in the factory or on-site.








ClearShield® 'Non-Stick' Glass is featured many times on BBC1's Tomorrow’s World, one of the UK’s oldest and most popular TV programmes.


1983

Marine field trials are successfully undertaken, proving the performance of ClearShield®, and is subsequently introduced for use on commercial and industrial buildings.
 


1981

Stephen and Karen Byers acquire rights to new technology for glass surface protection. After extensive research and modifications to the original formula, the technology is named 'ClearShield'