We are the division of Prefabbricati Santerno that designs and markets prefabricated public toilets.
Our prefabricated public toilets have been installed in many diverse locations such as beaches, ski resorts and industrial plants and widely varying climatic conditions yet our quality of service remains consistently high.
In a relatively short time, we have become a reference point for automatic and self-cleaning public toilets, boasting a team with years of experience in the design and installation of public toilets the world over.
Our in-depth knowledge of the markets has allowed us to develop a very broad range of products to meet your requirements whatever the project or target.
Both in Italy and worldwide, you can choose from among several manufacturers of public toilets, self-cleaning toilets and automatic toilets, so why choose SANO2?
Because when you choose us, you are choosing a team committed to helping you achieve your goal.
Because when you choose us, you are choosing a team of architects and engineers that can customise your toilet projects with bespoke design solutions that add value to your projects.
Because when you choose us, you are choosing innovative technologies for hygiene, cleaning and sanitation.
Because when you choose us, you are choosing user safety.
Because when you choose us, you are choosing a lower environmental impact.
Because, simply stated, we care.
“They buried me,but what they didn’t know,is that I am a seed. ”(Wangari Maathai)
In 2018, Prefabbricati Santerno S.r.l. was purchased by Flavio Nidasio, who became the company’s CEO.
Flavio is an architect. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan and is a manager with proven experience in the field of sales and maintenance of self-cleaning public toilets.
In his fifteen years in this business, he has founded companies in Italy, France, Canada and Spain, obtaining excellent results everywhere.
In 2018, he threw himself into a new adventure: to bolster the local presence of Prefabbricati Santerno, a long-established manufacturer of electric substations in vibrated concrete that had been in business since the 70s, and to create a new division, SANO2. SANO2 was set up for the sale, maintenance and production of traditional public toilets and self-cleaning toilets.
Flavio enlisted two trusted collaborators to work on this project with him:.
Paolo Onida, an engineer who graduated from the University of Pavia and had extensive experience in the field of management and design of hydraulic and electromechanical systems.
Laura Preti, an architect who graduated from the Roma Tre University, a designer and manager of the marketing and sales department of self-cleaning public toilets.
SANO2 is currently present in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Egypt.
The way we work
“Try again.Fail again.Fail better.”(Samuel Beckett)
Our prefabricated public toilets are produced entirely in our factory in Forlì: the Prefabbricati Santerno team takes care of every project from the start of the order to the delivery and installation of the finished product
We use local suppliers so we can easily verify and monitor every stage in the production of the various components
The electrical and mechanical components we install come from leading companies in the sector, they are all CE certified and tested for millionfold use.
We control the entire production process and guarantee the use of the safest materials and production processes that respect all European regulations.
The timely control of all the stages of our toilet construction enables us to guarantee high quality and safety standards, allowing us to do business in all the international markets, from Germany to Spain, from Austria to Egypt, from Romania to Slovenia.
Our Quality Management System is certified in accordance with the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015 standard We carefully check the compliance of our toilet through all the stages of the production process, thus ensuring compliance with European regulations in terms of safety and quality.
Real progress happens when the advantages of a new technologybecome available to everybody.(Henry Ford)
We study, we invest, and we test new solutions to improve the technological performance of our self-cleaning toilets.
We have created a new generation of self-cleaning toilets produced with cutting-edge technologies to guarantee you the highest level of hygiene and disinfection after each use.
We only use CE certified components, tested for millionfold use.
We collaborate with supplier companies such as DITEC for door movements, MECVEL for electric actuators, ASEM for electronic components, DELABIE for steel toilet furnishings, ABET LAMINATI and FUNDERMAX for HPL cladding and IMOLA CERAMICA for tiled coverings.
We have designed new solutions to improve the user experience in our toilets. We have designed and created public toilets that can be used by all categories of visitors, from children to the elderly, to people with disabilities (motor, visual disabilities…).
We have imagined new technologies to improve the disinfection of our toilets, even for protection against COVID 19: at night, our ozone disinfection system sanitizes the entire user cubicle, reaching even the most hidden corners that other sanitizing devices fail to reach.
Accessibility for everyone
Disability cannot be a handicap.
The issue of the accessibility of public toilets is very important, especially in a society like ours that is ageing year by year.
Accessibility should never be an attractive facade presented for marketing purposes, nor an issue ofinterest solely to people with sensory or motor or disabilities.
A public toilet must be accessible to everyone: the elderly, children, people with permanent or temporary motor or sensory problems.
These principles were the foundations on which we designed and installed our technology: to make SANO2 toilets suitable for EVERYONE.
For our S5 self-cleaning toilets, we have designed a special floor laid on weight detectors that allow us to check if, for example, a child has entered the toilet. Thanks to these devices, the child can happily use the toilet with the door open and under parental supervision without running the risk of being locked inside.
We designed our toilets so they can be easily used even by those with sensory problems: the LED buttons are easily identifiable, as are the no-touch dispensers (thanks to the red pointer). The large external display is very bright, and the graphics have been designed to make the information easily understandable and visible.
We have designed and installed a voice instruction device in our toilets, which guides the user when using the toilet. We implement the accessibility of public toilets with BRAILLE signs in the languages of the country of installation.
All our toilets comply completely with the provisions of the European regulations 236 and of the countries of installation. 503 Perhaps you were unaware that each European country has different regulations? DIN standards for Germany, ONORM for Austria and so on.
Our automatic stainless steel washbasin is set into the wall and allows easy access from a sitting position for wheelchair users. The toilet-bowl washing and drying device doubles up to provide an anti-tip backrest, which together with the grab rails fixed on the wall, increases the safety of more fragile visitors.
The environment as a value
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.
The activist is the man who cleans up the river
We are ISO 14001 certified, and our path has long been set to improve our impact on the environment.
The journey began with the use of energy from renewable sources in our production plant.
Our cement production has zero CO2 emissions deriving from electricity consumption.
We use a district heating plant (HERA cogeneration plant).
The production of prefabricated concrete panels and, therefore, the related structures, comply with the Minimum Environmental Criteria (Italian Ministerial Decree 11.10.2017) or contain at least 5% recycled and/or recovered materials and/or by-products by weight.
Our attention goes well beyond “green-washing”: we are the only company in the Italian and international markets to produce our concrete products independently, thus avoiding lengthy transportation.
Our suppliers are also chosen based on their distance from our factory. No less than 85% of the manufacturing is made with components produced within a radius of 15 km.
95% of the components with which our public toilets are made are completely recyclable (concrete, aluminium, plastic, etc.).
Our factory has a disposal service for toilet facilities that have reached the end of their life.
Our self-cleaning toilets are equipped with a telemetry system that allows remote management. Thanks to the large amount of data available, it is possible to organize maintenance in a timely and programmatic manner, optimizing maintenance interventions with a fuel-saving of approximately 15%.
The external and internal lighting of our toilets uses 24V LED bulbs. The light turns on automatically when visitors enter and turns off at their exit to avoid any waste of electricity. Total consumption is approximately 2 W/h per cycle of use.
Our ozone-based night sanitation system avoids using any chemicals that would be released into the environment.
We have designed and produced a rainwater recovery and washing system to minimize the water consumption of our self-cleaning toilets.
They trusted us
Starting a company is jumping off a cliff and assembling the airplane on the way down (Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn cofounder)
(Reid Hoffman – cofounder di LinkedIn)
We will tell it as it is: SANO2 has been active in the prefabricated public toilets market since 2018. Over the last 4 years, our company has had to compete with others that have been on the market for decades and are firmly established in important domestic and international areas.
Despite this, we have managed to conquer ever-larger portions of the market and consolidate our presence in Europe, especially Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Romania.
At the same time, we have been active on our domestic territory, winning the trust of important municipalities such as Rome, Florence and Garda.
As regards private companies, we have started collaborations with important companies such as A2A, MM, GTT and foreign companies such as ARRIVA in the field of transport and logistics.