About Us

History

FRANCE BED StoriesMedical Business

1983 FRANCE BED is the first company to introduce health care bed rentals.

Back in 1983, a customer bought a health care bed but ended up needing it for only three months. that customer then came back and asked if the bed could be traded in. this was the inspiration for FRANCE BED to begin a service where people could rent welfare equipment just as long as it was required; the first service of its kind in Japan. the equipment is cleaned, sterilized and stored with the greatest of care, so our customers can use it in safety and with peace of mind. We are also continuously working to minimize the impact our rental service has on the environment.

FRANCE BED StoriesHome Furnishing Business

1956 Began development of a split-type sofa bed at a time when beds were still rare in Japan.

Most people in Japan in the 1950s still slept on futons on the floor. Minoru Ikeda, the founder of FRANCE BED, started work on a new bed; still rare in Japan at that time. e first version released was a split-type sofa bed which became well known around Japan as being a sofa by day and a bed by night. In a time when the western lifestyle was adored in Japan, this sofa would fit into small Japanese houses to create a modern atmosphere. It was the perfect example of a rich lifestyle.

Corporate History

FRANCE BED Medical Service CO., LTD.
FRANCE BED CO.,LTD.
1949

Founder Minoru Ikeda starts Futaba factory to begin manufacture of car seats as an independent manufacturer.

1952

Change to Futaba Seisakusho Co., Ltd.

1956

Develop and market a split-type sofa bed.
Start using FRANCE BED trademark.

1959

Establish Tokyo factory and begin operations.

1961

Change name to FRANCE BED CO.,LTD. Set up nationwide sales network.

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.

1964

Dealers establish FRANCE BED Futaba Association network.

1965

Expand buildings and construct large scale boiler room for laundry operations.

1966

List on the first sections of the Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka stock exchanges.

1968

Begin technical collaboration with English company Multi Rustic Co., Ltd.

1969

Purchase land for site expansion and construct new factory.

Begin marketing neo-wood products (dining and kitchen furniture).

1970

Begin technical collaboration with English company Slumberland.
Begin marketing camping cars.

1971

Develop feather duvet for hospital-grade bedding.

1972

Begin lease and laundry operations for modern and traditional hotels.

Dealers establish FRANCE BED Minoru Association network.

1973

Begin doctor and hospital robe sales, lease and laundry operations.

Dealers establish FRANCE BED Wakaba Association network.

1975

Begin technical collaboration with US company Lippert Corporation for the manufacture of man-made marble.
Announce residential equipment product line using molded marble.

1976

Increase capital to 85 million yen. Acquire site and building for feather factory in Hidaka-machi, Iruma-gun, Saitama.

Begin manufacture and sales of down products.

1977

Begin production of feather and bedding products.

1978

Purchase 13 heavy duty continuous spin-dryer washing machines from Forsberg Co. in Germany.

1979

Transfer feather product manufacturing to Hidaka factory.

Tokyo factory is the first to receive JIS certification.

1980

Release new line of health products including Tsubohealther, a whole body shiatsu massage mattress.

1981

Overseas exports of Tsubohelther begin.

1983

Establish rental operations at FRANCE BED Sales CO., LTD., and begin rental of medical care beds.

1984

Install full duvet cleaning equipment and begin duvet cleaning service.
Transfer feather duvet and bedding manufacturing operations to FRANCE BED CO.,LTD. Establish welfare equipment rental operations headquarters.
Roll out operations structures for Tokyo, Osaka, Eastern Japan, Nagoya and Western Japan.

Shizuoka Feather Factory established and begins operations;
the first feather factory in Asia.

1985

Establish first medical equipment shop in Shizuoka.

Begin sales of our revolutionary mattresses Hardpro and MORNING.
Begin technical collaboration with US company Leggett & Platt, Incorporated.

1987

Merge with FRANCE BED Sales CO., LTD. to create FRANCE BED Medical Service CO., LTD.
with initial capital of 138.75 million yen. Begin medical equipment rentals.

Introduce our bed and bedding products into Yumi Katsura bridal product range.

1988

Open FRANCE BED showrooms in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyushu. Begin sales of Floatea waterbeds.
Begin manufacturing technology collaboration with Slumberland Holdings.

1989

Establish Saitama delivery center.

Establish logistics warehouses in Gunma, Shizuoka and Hyogo, as well as at our Saga factory, and construct Hirakata logistics center.

1990

Establish new central office and logistics warehouse at Tokyo factory.

1991

Begin sales of nursing support bed and independence beds.

1992

Established new home care renovation operations to improve home care environments.

Enter collaboration with German company Femira GmbH.

1993

Establish employee dormitory in Tachikawa as a one-stop welfare facility.

1994

Open sleep research center.

1996

Increase capital to 187.5 million yen.

Begin sales of human care beds.

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.

Take over and absorb FRANCE BED Shinsou CO., LTD.

1999

Establish health and welfare plaza Sukesan Takusan in Hirakata city, Osaka.

President Minoru Ikeda becomes Chairman.
Director and Vice President Shigeru Ikeda becomes President.
FRANCE BED Trading CO., LTD. is established.

2000

Begin rental of nursing and welfare equipment to coincide with the introduction of public long-term care insurance.

Gain ISO9001 certification (Production Head Oce Mie factory).

2001

Three different dealer networks join to form new single network.

2002

Establish PR Studio at Tokyo factory site.

2003

Nationwide rollout of hotel bed rental operations.
Have exhibit at international welfare equipment exhibition.

2004

FRANCE BED HOLDINGS CO., LTD. established; FRANCE BED CO.,LTD. delisted.

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.

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-first 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.

2006

Establish Hirakata Day Service Center and France Lage Hirakata.
Establish at-home medical support display room at Japan Red Cross Medical 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.
FRANCE BED Tokyo and Roppongi showrooms are established.

2007

Open Hiroshima showroom.
Establish health and sleep Medical Shop Roppongi Branch.

Open Hiroshima showroom.
Open Asahikawa showroom. Open Takamatsu showroom.
Begin sales of premium mattress, THE FRANCE BED.
New Shoulder Fit Memory Foam Pillow wins Good Design award.

2008

Open Sendai showroom. Begin FRANCE BED premium bed and furniture rental service.
Begin overseas shipping of nursing care goods.
Establish Sukesan Takusan Iki-Iki Club in Hirakata.

Open Kobe showroom. Open Sendai showroom.
New sleep posture gauge deployed to all showrooms and PR studios.

2009.
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FRANCE BED CO.,LTD. and FRANCE BED Medical Service CO., LTD. merge.

FRANCE BED HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
2010

AW-90 high-breathability mattress wins the Nikkei Business Daily award.
Establish preventative care outpatient facility: Yu Yu Iki Iki Club.
Begin sales of world famous Slumberland brand.
Begin sales of environmentally friendly mattress: Recoplus.

2011

Announce Reha tech; a new brand from FRANCE BED to support the elderly in their daily activities.
Headquarters location changes.
Begin sales of Sideway; a self-powered Reha tech wheelchair.
Open Life Treatment Studio Shizuoka and Slumberland Studio Shizuoka.

2012

Begins sales of new series of GRANMAX electric adjustable bed.
Release updated version of New Life Treatment Mattress with Nano Temp Thermo; a new function to measure changes in temperature.

2013

Begin sales of JOORYU; the new brand of premium feather duvets with superior quality and safety.
Begin sales of Floor Bed; an ultra-low electrically powered nursing bed.
Released Hikarutsue Light Cane
Released our cool bedding series Cool Deopad Pillowsheet that is cool to the touch and has a deodorizing function.

2014

Begin home care sales and rental of Floor Bed; an ultra-low reclining bed.
Begin sales of the Breath Air New Shoulder Fit Pillow.
Begin sales of the Sleep Vantage pillow for relaxed sleep on your side.
Begin sales of the Ultra Low Floor Bed FL-1402.

2015

Begin sales of the Arm Plus stroller.
Begin sales of the Cool Deodoket thin quilt futon.
Begin sales of the Multifunction Lift-Up Chair 01 reclining chair.

2016

Begin sales of Korobanaisu a wheelchair with a non-tip new function.
Concluded academia-industrial partnership accord for product development with Toyo University.
Collaborated with the Hello Kitty franchise to begin sales of a Hello Kitty version of our Sleep Vantage FLEUR cushion, which changes
shape to accommodate users sleeping on their side.

2017

FRANCE BED mattresses were used in all cabins of the JR East sleeper train, TRAIN SUITE Shiki-shima.
Began sales of the interactive baby robot Naki-warai Taatan for use by people suffering from dementia.
Begin sales of the Automatic Turn Support Bed.
Develop PRO-WALL, a new technology.