First ever low emission hand dryer launched to rail industry - The Sanitaryware Supplies Ltd

A groundbreaking washroom hand dryer has been developed by Sanitaryware Supplies Company (SSC) in collaboration with Train Bits and More Ltd (TBM) and Stream Hygiene, to specifically meet the needs of the UK’s train operators.

The new Rail Hand Dryer has been UKAS accredited for use across all rail rolling stock in the UK. It has also been awarded the European Standard (EN) for emissions and immunity, helping rail companies further meet industry-recognised levels for carriage cleanliness and toilet facilities.

The brand new electric hand dryer, which has taken two years to develop, has initially been specified in 18 Network Rail service trains as part of a refurbishment project being undertaken by TBM.

Unable to find an equivalent dryer with an output wattage lower than 1100w in the marketplace, TBM approached SSC’s Bespoke Design Service. The new Rail Dryer, which is sold exclusively by SSC and Stream Hygiene, has been modified to run at a low operating wattage of only 550w.

Andy Dukelow, Director of SSC, explained: “From the offset I knew this would be a challenging project but one that, if we got it right, would transform washrooms across the rail industry. I approached Stream Hygiene as I knew they were a flexible manufacturer willing to look at new options and markets, not only that, they also have the best and most extensive range of hand dryers in the market to work with.”

National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) scores are influencing rail franchise decisions more than ever as higher standards are demanded of Train Operating Companies (TOCs).

Mark Lovelace, Director of Stream Hygiene commented: “Rail passengers can now get the same high efficiency and low environmental impact experience they have been demanding in the washroom elsewhere.”

Andy Dukelow added: “I am delighted with the finished product. Train operators are under pressure to raise carriage standards and this hand dryer is certainly a big step in the right direction towards helping to increase passenger satisfaction with both carriage cleanliness and toilet facilities.”

Launched last year, SSC’s Bespoke Design Service is in high demand across the healthcare, rail and education sectors as organisations struggle to find high-quality products that meet industry-specific standards. Having more than 25 years’ experience within the design and manufacture of sanitaryware, SSC is able to provide assistance with writing specifications and design recommendations for custom made fabrications.

For details of The Sanitaryware Supplies Company Bespoke Design Service visit or telephone 01157 842769.

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