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.
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 first 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 FRANCE BED 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
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.

2014

Begin home care sales and rental of Floor Bed; an ultra-low reclining bed.
Begin sales of the Zaisu Lift Up Chair 800.
Begin sales of the updated electrically assisted tricycle: ASU-3WT3.
Begin sales of the FB Out of Bed Sensor RS-13.
Begin sales of the series-first folding futon mattress: RH-BAE Trifold Futon.
Begin sales of the Cashmere Quilt Futon.
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 new model of FLOATIA, a dining room chair to make it easy to clean under the table.
Begin sales of the Ultra Low Floor Bed FL-1402.
Begin sales of the Sound Notification Reclining Bed.
Begin sales of the full leather BE525 sofa from German brand beldivani.
Begin sales of the Deux ligne series of sofas made from a combination of two different materials.
Begin sales of The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon Original Bed Mattress made by Slumberland.
Begin sales of the Hybrid Down futon.
Begin sales of the Yawahada Toppa Futon mattress for people with sensitive skin.

2015

Begin sales of the RH-BAE Bed Pad.
Begin sales of the Hot and Cool Futon mattress.
Begin sales of the Enn-pai Support Chair ENN.
Begin sales of the Arm Plus stroller.
Begin sales of three models of the premium leather bed frame IQ Bed.
Begin sales of the Cool Deodoket thin quilt futon.
Begin sales of the Multifunction Lift-Up Chair 01 reclining chair.
Nationwide rollout of bed rental operations aimed at hotels.
Begin sales of Rakuza Cushion for wheel chairs.
Begin sales of the Maison de Lin bed linen cover.
Begin sales of Sleepvantage Fleur.
Begin sales of Cloudia brand bedding for women.
Begin sales of Liftware.
Begin sales of Odekake Catch WS-01 an alert system for to warn when dementia patients go outside.

2016

Begin sales of Korobanaisu a wheelchair with a non-tip new function.
Concluded academia-industrial partnership accord for product development with Toyo University.
Transferred business offering day nursing services to Mistral Service Inc. by spitting(absorption demerger).
Began sales of mattress that assists patients in turning over in bed to reduce bed sores.
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.
Begin sales of the Tatamino Elder, a tatami bed for seniors.
Begin sales of vivo step, the company’s first mattress for children.
Establish Niigata Showroom.

2018

Establish Kobe Showroom.
Establish Fukuoka Showroom.
Establish Shizuoka Showroom.
Establish Akasaka Showroom.

2019

Establish Kumamoto Showroom.