US Glass Magazine only honours the best of the best and has recognised products this year that are ‘so new, so revolutionary or unique that they merit honour’. This award is specifically significant to members of the industry as it is voted for by the readership of America’s leading glass publication.
Ritec’s new ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-System™ system has green benefits and cost savings that apply all along the supply chain as follows:
- Energy Savings on Routine Glass Maintenance – On average this product reduces by 50% the energy requirements for routine glass washing. This includes, but is not limited to: transportation to site, operation of access equipment, production of cleaning materials and consumption of water.
- ClearShield® anti-microbial protection can help to prevent the prevalence and spread of potentially harmful infections such as MRSA, e-coli and C-difficile, thanks to its unique 'non-stick' surface. This acts as a barrier that resists the adhesion and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Enhanced ‘Day-Lighting’ – By maintaining the original light transmission of crystal clear glass for longer.
In addition, ClearShield® can be applied to both new and existing glass which can be bought back to a ‘like-new appearance and functionality’ by using the ‘Renovation’ step of the system. This latest award comes hot on the heels of the company being named as Finalist for the G13 Environmental Initiative of the Year Award, thus achieving success simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic!
Last year, Ritec was awarded the ISO 14001 standard. This International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact and is achieved with the commitment of the company as a whole. This is accepted internationally as a great achievement and accredits Ritec International as having an effective environmental management system in place within its business.
Stephen Byers, Managing Director of Ritec International, comments: “We are delighted that the many benefits of the new ClearShield Eco-System for glass and glazing companies have been recognised by winning US Glass Magazine’s prestigious ‘Product of the Year’ 2013 Award. As a company we continue to build our environmental credentials. Having identified all aspects of our business which have an impact on the environment and demonstrated an understanding of the relevant environmental laws, we have subsequently produced objectives for improvement, putting into place both a comprehensive management strategy and an ongoing monitoring programme.”