About Us

About Us

"Our aim is to develop and market internationally ‘non-stick’ surface technologies for application to new and existing surfaces."

The story of ClearShield® began in 1981, when Stephen and Karen Byers investigated the potential for low-maintenance glass. They subsequently acquired rights to new technology for glass surface protection. Extensive research and improvements to the original formula followed, and the technology was branded 'ClearShield'.

In 1987, Ritec International Ltd was formed by Stephen and Karen Byers. For many decades, they developed the market for glass surface protection in the flat glass industry, effectively leading the industry and gaining immense field experience with its high quality technology, the ClearShield System®.

Ritec’s ClearShield® 'non-stick' glass has gained wide recognition and acceptance in the processing of glass as the industry and end-users of glass have become increasingly aware of the need to protect glass so that it keeps its promise of clarity, visibility and cleanliness over time.

Committed to product development and innovation, Ritec has not only built on its expertise for the protection of glass but also developed a fully integrated system for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass. Its range of quality products provides solutions to all glass users, whether applied in the factory or on-site.

The latest development is the ClearShield Eco-System™ which is powered by the next generation ClearShield® that incorporates further improvements in performance and durability.

Today, hundreds of glass processors and fabricators worldwide enjoy the benefits of the ClearShield Eco-System® in a wide range of applications including architectural, decorative, shower enclosure, marine, railway and residential glass.

The performance of ClearShield® is now well recognised by the industry, and has proven results based not only on laboratory tests but more importantly on years of experience.

Because of the worldwide demand for surface protection technologies, Ritec has an extensive network of marketing partners globally offering Ritec products.

Ritec Systems Australia is part of Ritec International’s global network for the distribution and application of its unique systems. Throughout the country, many fully-trained applicators are ready to provide 'non-stick' solutions to glass and other surfaces.

Ritec’s expertise has allowed the company to develop technologies for the renovation, protection and maintenance of other surfaces. This includes the Ritecoat System™ for metals and powder coat surfaces, the VoltShield System™ for ceramic electrical insulators, Silicone Eater and Ritepolish, a versatile surface cleaner.

Our Global Network

Our Global Network

Ritec International has an extensive network of distributors throughout the world. We can supply products and support locally to many countries (represented by the green areas in the map above).

If you would like to find your local applicator, click here or contact Ritec International in the UK directly by clicking here.


Ritec International's Certifications


ISO 9001:2015

Quality Management Systems


ISO 14001:2015

Environmental Management Systems

SafeContractor Approved



Achilles UVDB Qualified

Achille UVDB



Ritec International's Awards

G15 Finalist

G15 Commercial Project of the Year

P&O Cruises MV Britannia Cruise Liner
British G-Awards 2015

Big Pitch 2015 Finalist

The Big Innovation Pitch

The ClearShield Eco-System™
Ecobuild 2015

G14 Finalist

G14 Training & Development Initiative of the Year

Ritec International Remote Training & Technical Support Centre
British G-Awards 2015

US Glass 2013 Winner

Surface Treatment Product of the Year

US Glass 2013

G13 Finalist

G13 Environmental Initiative of the Year

The ClearShield Eco-System™
British G-Awards 2013

​Working Neighbourhood Fund Export Winner

Working Neighbourhood Fund Export

Ritec International Ltd
Enterprise Enfield 2010

Enfield Innovators Competition 2009 Runner-Up

Best Entrant from
a Business


Ritec International Ltd
Enfield Innovators Competition 2009

G09 Winner

G09 Glass Company
of the Year


Ritec International Ltd
British G-Awards 2009

Enterprise Enfield ​Innovative Business of the Year Runner-Up

Innovative Business
of the Year


Ritec International Ltd
Enterprise Enfield 2008

ARA Best New Technology 3rd Place

Best New Technology
3rd Place

US Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) 2008

G05 Winner

G05 Specialist of the Year Winner

Ritec International Ltd
British G-Awards 2005

​US Glass Product of the Year Voted #1

Product of the Year
Voted #1

US Glass 2002

​Millennium Products Winner

Millennium Products

ClearShield System™
British Design Council 2000

​Daily Mail Blue Ribbon Winner

Daily Mail Blue Ribbon

London Ideal Home Exhibition 1987

​Prince of Wales Award for Industrial Innovation and Production 1987 Winner

Prince of Wales Award
for Industrial Innovation and Production


British Engineering Council 1987