After a change in British Standards indicating an increasing need for wash and dry toilets, Closomat unveils the next in its line of thrones. The Asana WC claims to take wash and dry toilet technology to the next level and the supplier wants dealers on board to share the rewards of the new launch.
Weaving style into functional mobility products and assistive tech has been a strong point of focus for manufacturers in the last couple of years. Yet dealers and end-users are demanding even more innovation and progression in a drive to have products available that break away from the pitfalls of previous design trends. Consequently, R&D teams are being given more money to meet the demands of the market.
The latest result of this drive for adaptable bathroom manufacturer Closomat, is an advancement on its WC technology, which it already places high on its agenda. In the company’s own words, Closomat’s new WC “takes independent living into a new realm of style and enablement”.
The supplier’s bold claim is founded on a product which it has designed to be functional and stylish. Closomat believes that historically, assistive technology to support disabled and elderly people to live as independently as possible has either been “purely functional, when developed for that purpose, or a compromise if sold into the disability market from the mainstream”.
Claiming to be the only manufacturer of wash and dry (automatic bidet) toilets that has developed its solutions specifically for users with limitations, the company says the Asana combines it latest engineering advancements with contemporary design.
The wall-hung WC can function as a conventional toilet or, by appropriate selection via easy-to-reach push buttons on the side of the toilet. This has been designed to trigger the flush, and eliminate the need to wipe clean by the triggering of the in-built integrated douching and drying processes.
For its latest product, Closomat has ensured manufacturing and engineering has been kept in Britain. The porcelain pan is fired in the first ceramic sanitaryware factory to open in The Potteries for almost quarter of a century, according to the firm. The flush mechanisms have also been developed in Britain in partnership with one of the leading names in the UK plumbing sector, Thomas Dudley.
“Closomat’s ethos is about enabling toileting to be executed in comfort, and with dignity”
The supplier promises its support for partners purchasing the Asana, including pre and aftersales support, in-house installation and commissioning and in-house service and maintenance. Closomat’s managing director, Brian Hoare, explains that in yoga, Asana is a pose of comfort and relaxation.
“The name is therefore apt for our latest evolution. Closomat’s ethos is about enabling toileting to be executed in comfort, and with dignity. We ‘go’ on average eight times a day, so toileting has more of an impact on daily life than most people realise, or appreciate.”
The launch of the Asana follows news that the British Standard for accessibility in the built environment has been updated to recommend wash and dry toilets over conventional WCs. BS8300:2018 design of an accessible and inclusive built environment, now notes that replacement of a conventional WC within the facility with a wash and dry (automatic shower) toilet, can enable greater independence and dignity for users. A wash and dry toilet looks like and can be used as a conventional WC. Its integrated douching and drying facilities mean it cleans the user after toileting without the need for manual wiping with paper.
The upgrade means that people who need care could go to the toilet without having to rely on their carer(s) to wipe them clean afterwards. It also means that people who may only need help in toileting can still ‘go’ when away from home, knowing they are properly clean.
There is no doubt that Closomat will be hoping the change in standards will help the Asana replicate the success of its Palma Vita wash and dry toilet. The firm revealed recently that the former flagship WC has sold more than 50,000 units in the UK since it launched.
Claiming to be the UK’s best-selling wash and dry toilet, the Palma Vita puts its success down to its flexibility. The Closomat Palma Vita looks like and can be used as a conventional WC.
Closomat is a major supplier and installer of Changing Places toilets, which, under Building Regulations and the British Standard, should be provided in any building, venue to which numbers of the public have access, or spend a period of time. It hhas worked with brands including MOTO, Cadbury World, National Exhibition Centre, Gatwick Airport and intu to install Changing Places, ahead of the update in the Standard.
Claire Haymes, Closomat’s away-from-home specialist, says: “Latest figures reveal that bathroom facilities are one of the top 10 barriers to accessibility outside the home; the same report claims that, by failing to meet the demands of disabled people, businesses could be missing out on a share of £420m in revenue a week. So there is a sound business reason to provide appropriate toilets such as Changing Places.
“Over our decade of experience in the provision of Changing Places, we have found increasingly that venues ask, as they are developing their Changing Places, what steps can they take to optimise its usage. Many have already fitted a Closomat in place of a conventional WC, reasoning it delivers greater dignity to users and extends the useability of the facility.”