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History

Corporate History  

FranceBed Co., Ltd.   FranceBed Medical Service Co., Ltd.
Founder Minoru Ikeda starts Futaba factory to begin manufacture of car seats as an independent manufacturer. 1949  
Change to Futaba Seisakusho Co., Ltd. 1952  
Develop and market a split-type sofa bed. Start using FranceBed trademark. 1956  
Establish Tokyo factory and begin operations. 1959  
Change name to FranceBed Co., Ltd. Set up nationwide sales network. 1961  
  1963 Established at 6-7-13 Minamimachi, Tanashi-shi, Tokyo with initial capital of 50 million yen. Trading name is Japan Sanitary Bed Co., Ltd.
Factory and headquarters buildings complete.
Begin sales of hospital-grade bedding and lease laundry operations.
Dealers establish FranceBed Futaba Association network. 1964  
  1965 Expand buildings and construct large scale boiler room for laundry operations.
List on the rst sections of the Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka stock exchanges. 1966  
Begin technical collaboration with English company Multi Rustic Co., Ltd. 1968  
Begin marketing neo-wood products (dining and kitchen furniture). 1969 Purchase land for site expansion and construct new factory.
Begin technical collaboration with English company Slumberland.
Begin marketing camping cars.
1970  
  1971 Develop feather duvet for hospital-grade bedding.
Dealers establish FranceBed Minoru Association network. 1972 Begin lease and laundry operations for modern and traditional hotels.
Dealers establish FranceBed Wakaba Association network. 1973 Begin doctor and hospital robe sales, lease and laundry operations.
Begin technical collaboration with US company Lippert Corporation for the manufacture of man-made marble.
Announce residential equipment product line using molded marble.
1975  
Begin manufacture and sales of down products. 1976 Increase capital to 85 million yen. Acquire site and building for
feather factory in Hidaka-machi, Iruma-gun, Saitama.
  1977 Begin production of feather and bedding products.
  1978 Purchase 13 heavy duty continuous spin-dryer washing machines from Forsberg Co. in Germany.
Tokyo factory is the first to receive JIS certification. 1979 Transfer feather product manufacturing to Hidaka factory.
Release new line of health products including Tsubohealther,
a whole body shiatsu massage mattress.
1980  
Overseas exports of Tsubohelther begin. 1981  
  1983 Establish rental operations at FranceBed Sales Co., Ltd.,
and begin rental of medical care beds.
Shizuoka Feather Factory established and begins operations;
the rst feather factory in Asia.
1984 Install full duvet cleaning equipment and begin duvet cleaning service.
Transfer feather duvet and bedding manufacturing operations to FranceBed Co., Ltd. Establish welfare equipment rental operations headquarters.
Roll out operations structures for Tokyo, Osaka, Eastern Japan, Nagoya and Western Japan.
Begin sales of our revolutionary mattresses Hardpro and MORNING.
Begin technical collaboration with US company Leggett & Platt, Incorporated.
1985 Establish rst medical equipment shop in Shizuoka.
Introduce our bed and bedding products into Yumi Katsura bridal product range. 1987 Merge with FranceBed Sales Co., Ltd. to create FranceBed Medical Service Co., Ltd.
with initial capital of 138.75 million yen. Begin medical equipment rentals.
Open FranceBed showrooms in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyushu. Begin sales of Floatea waterbeds.
Begin manufacturing technology collaboration with Slumberland Holdings.
1988  
Establish logistics warehouses in Gunma, Shizuoka and Hyogo,
as well as at our Saga factory, and construct Hirakata logistics center.
1989 Establish Saitama delivery center.
Establish new central oce and logistics warehouse at Tokyo factory. 1990  
Begin sales of nursing support bed and independence beds. 1991  
Enter collaboration with German company Femira GmbH. 1992 Established new home care renovation operations to improve home care environments.
1993 Establish employee dormitory in Tachikawa as a one-stop welfare facility.
Open sleep research center. 1994  
Begin sales of human care beds. 1996 Increase capital to 187.5 million yen.
Take over and absorb FranceBed Shinsou Co., Ltd. 1997 Establish sleep research center in Nagoya. Begin sales of sleep apnea syndrome
auto-analyzers 'night watch' to hospitals. Begin rental to hospitals of rehabilitation
equipment hyper-therapy targeted at the elderly and disabled.
President Minoru Ikeda becomes Chairman.
Director and Vice President Shigeru Ikeda becomes President.
FranceBed Trading Co., Ltd. is established.
1999 Establish health and welfare plaza Sukesan Takusan in Hirakata city, Osaka.
Gain ISO9001 certification (Production Head Oce Mie factory).
2000 Begin rental of nursing and welfare equipment to coincide with the introduction of public long-term care insurance.
Three different dealer networks join to form new single network.
2001  
Establish PR Studio at Tokyo factory site. 2002  
  2003 Nationwide rollout of hotel bed rental operations.
Have exhibit at international welfare equipment exhibition.
  2004
FranceBed Holdings Co., Ltd. established; FranceBed Co., Ltd. delisted.
DAPS, an electric nursing bed with in-built risk prevention is released.
PR Studio Hokkaido is established. PR Studio Kyushu is established.
Begin sales of world-rst 3-wheeled electric powered wheelchair with steering wheel.
PR Studio Hyogo is established.
PR Studio Gunma is established.
3-wheeled rehabilitation wheelchair Osukaru wins Nikkei Business Daily award.
Open Sapporo showroom. Open Oita and Hakata showrooms. PR Studio Mie is established.
2005 Begin rental and sales of welfare equipment for disabled children.
Set up second health and welfare plaza Sukesan Takusan in Mito city.
Open online shopping site Fukubukuro Shop.

Begin healthy food home-delivery service in Tama district of Tokyo.
Open health and welfare plaza Nagano Day Service Center.
Establish Toyota Day Service Center.
PR Studio Shizuoka is established.
Begin sales of earthquake-resistant TV boards. PR Studio Nasu-Shirakawa is established.
Matteograssi Akasaka showroom is established. Warehouse PR Studio Fukui is established.
Giorgio Saporiti Roppongi showroom is established.
FranceBed Tokyo and Roppongi showrooms are established.
2006 Establish Hirakata Day Service Center and France Lage Hirakata.
Establish at-home medical support display room at Japan Red Cross Medical Center.
Open Hiroshima showroom.
Open Asahikawa showroom. Open Takamatsu showroom.
Begin sales of premium mattress, THE FRANCEBED.
New Shoulder Fit Memory Foam Pillow wins Good Design award.
2007 Open Hiroshima showroom.
Establish health and sleep Medical Shop Roppongi Branch.
Open Kobe showroom. Open Sendai showroom.
New sleep posture gauge deployed to all showrooms and PR studios.
2008 Open Sendai showroom. Begin FranceBed premium bed and furniture rental service.
Begin overseas shipping of nursing care goods.
Establish Sukesan Takusan Iki-Iki Club in Hirakata.
  2009.4  
FranceBed Co., Ltd. and FranceBed Medical Service Co., Ltd. merge.
FranceBed Co., Ltd.
2009 Announce two variants of the Human Care Bed range of electrically powered nursing care beds that meet new JIS standards.
Begin rental of beds, sofas and other furniture to condominium operators.
Begin new welfare equipment and baby bed short-term rental system aimed at modern and traditional hotels: 14 items.
Feather duvet DRY Through 95 wins Good Design Award.
Release folding bed FD-711.
Release Lifit; the rst product in the MOVEin'terior series.
2010 Release Profhand pedal-powered wheelchair.
Release inclining chair FB-IC for dialysis and blood collection.
AW-90 high-breathability mattress wins the Nikkei Business Daily award.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club.
Begin sales of auto-illuminating walking and mobility support handrail:Hikatte Anshin LED Tesuri.
Roll out consumer furniture rental site e-rentakagu.com.
Establish Life Support Plaza Sapporo.
Begin sales of world famous Slumberland brand.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Arimatsu.
Begin sales of J. Rucola series of duvet and pillow covers.
Release Esparance; the second product in the MOVEin'terior series.
Release the sofa bed Warmo; the third product in the MOVEin'terior series.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Hirakata.
Begin sales of environmentally friendly mattress: Recoplus.
Begin sales of king size one-piece feather duvet: Tenshi-no-yakusoku.
Begin sales of electrically assisted tricycle: ASU-3W01.
Establish FC1 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Maruya Furniture.
Begin sales of seating-assist nursing bed.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Nagano.
Begin sales of Lift Up Chair 400; chair with stand-assist and reclining functions.
Begin sales of wooden portable toilet with shower: Shawa Shawa.
2011 Begin sales of updated dining room furniture series: Bentone.
Establish FC2 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Popo.
Develop communication pad and pen: Oshaberi Pad and Oshaberi Pen.
Announce Reha tech; a new brand from FranceBed to support the elderly in their daily activities.
Begin sales of cooling and heating pads: Reidan Shiki PAD.
Begin sales of home care spring mattress SM-12, and premium home care bed frame PLEOX R. Open Nagoya showroom.
Release PASSTIME; the fourth product in the MOVEin'terior series.
Establish FC3 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Cheers Care Yokohama Asahi.
Establish FC4 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Akishima.
Begin sales of P320 Choiparu; electrically powered Reha tech wheelchair.
Begin sales of the new concept Air Suspension Mattress; the rst in the industry.
Headquarters location changes.
Begin sales of Safety Orange; a wheelchair tted with a safety brake.
Establish FC5 branch of preventative care outpatient facility:
Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Chikuma.
Begin sales of PS40; electrically assisted wheelchair that reduces the load
on caregivers while out and about.
Begin sales of Sideway; a self-powered Reha tech wheelchair.
Open Life Treatment Studio Shizuoka and Slumberland Studio Shizuoka.
2012 Begin sales of SM-90a Mattress; a mattress that helps keep the body straight and reduces abdominal pressure.
Establish FC6 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Kitakata.
Begin sales of three versions of AG Sofa Bed; a sofa bed with integrated storage for a clean, open room.
Begin sales of S141; a Reha tech electric wheelchair with a steering wheel.
Begins sales of new series of GRANMAX electric adjustable bed.
Begin sales of Maison de Campagne series.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Kumamoto.
Establish FC7 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Kohoku.
Begin sales of Nordico Neo series.
Establish FC8 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Hamamatsu Kita.
Establish FC9 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Hyakuju.
Establish FC10 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Floria Court.
Establish FC11 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Aizu.
Establish FC12 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Chama.
Release updated version of New Life Treatment Mattress with Nano Temp Thermo; a new function to measure changes in temperature.
2013 Begin sales of two new types of Yumerira; a comfortable, stable air mattress with superior weight distribution to prevent excessive sagging.
Begin sales of 97 cm wide electrically powered nursing bed.
Begin sales of wooden handrails Mokusei Dokodemo Tesuri that suit any room environment.
Establish FC13 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Komae.
Establish FC14 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Sheep.
Begin sales of new NemRoll style of mattresses, where cushion rolls of varying hardness can be rearranged for a more comfortable sleep.
Begin sales of JOORYU; the new brand of premium feather duvets with superior quality and safety.
Begin sales of two new types of Reha tech mattresses with air wave materials.
Establish FC15 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Omagari.
Begins sales of the Monitoring Care System M-1; a system for hospitals that detects and notifies the hospital staff of patient movements, such as when patients get up, get into bed, and so on.
Begin sales of the RP-1000 mattress with inbuilt reclining functionality that can be used on tatami mats.
Establish FC16 branch of preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club Mori no Kaze.
Begin sales of Fraismane; a bed frame full of personality where customers can choose from two different bed leg colors.
Begin Sales of Floor Bed; an ultra-low electrically powered nursing bed.
Released Sofwa, a bedsore prevention mattress
Released Smart Walker, a walker with wheels and an automatically controlled brake, and the elderly walking frame R-active.
Released FD-01, a bar to raise patients’ backs in an emergency.
Released FLOATIA, a dining room chair to make it easy to clean under the table.
Released DiLectus, a semi-custom made bed frame.
Released SLEEP CONCIER, a semi-custom made mattress.
Released Hikarutsue Light Cane.
2014 Released two types of down quilts using our aller  anti-allergic processing techniques.
Released series 2 of our Body Conditioning Mattress.
Released SmartPal S637, our electric wheelchair with a steering wheel.
Released 5 variants of our mattress that mitigates pressure on the abdomen.
Released our cool bedding series Cool Deopad Pillowsheet that is cool to the touch and has a deodorizing function.
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