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Thai startup to build over 1,000 public toilets across Asia

Swiss entrepreneurs turn COVID setbacks into growth engine

On the ground floor of a local shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok's bustling Chinatown: One goal is to turn Mister Loo paid toilet outlets into a kind of health clinic. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

BANGKOK -- A Thai-based start-up founded by two former Swiss bankers wants to provide over 1,000 toilets across post-pandemic emerging Asia -- including smart facilities to measure users' health data -- after COVID-19 provided a reminder of the need for good hygiene.

"COVID was also a gamechanger in a positive way," said Andreas Wanner, co-founder and co-owner of Mister Loo, an operator of paid public toilets based in Bangkok.

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