Our History

1953
Product

Succeeded in the development and manufacture of "Speed Gyps", Japan's first plaster bandage

1955
Company

Established and founded Tokyo Eizai Lab Co., Ltd. in Kyojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

1957
Company

Built Head Office Factory in Kyojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo and established a framework for the expansion of sales

Product

Developed and launched woven fabric technology for all-cotton elastic bandages (today's "Elascot")

1965
Product

Developed Japan's first ostomy bag, "Lapack", at the request of the National Cancer Center

1967
Product

Launched the adhesive elastic bandage, "Elatex", a stretch cotton fabric coated with our proprietary adhesive agent

1968
Product

Began development and manufacture of the "Sacro Series", a range of lumbar anchor bands based on therapeutic principles

1973
Company

Established Tokyo Eizai Laboratory Co., Ltd. and transferred operations from the limited liability company

Product

Entered the skin care sector with "Karaya Disk", Japan's first skin protection agent

1974
Company

Established the Happy Life Club for direct sale of stoma products and to provide advice about medical matters

1976
Company

Launched Happy Life Club News, an informative magazine to help ostomates to return to normal daily life

1982
Company

Relocated production to Chiba Factory in Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba

1983
Company

Held the Inaugural Ostomates Meeting as a forum for ostomates to interact with each other

1985
Company

Built the new head office building (today's Medical Engineering Laboratory) in Kyojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

1987
Product

Launched "Ansilk", medical elasticized stockings designed for Japanese body shapes

1989
Company

Founded the ALCARE Encouragement Awards in the Japan Orthopaedics and Traumatology Foundation, Inc.

1991
Product

Launched "Ultrasonic Cast Cutter Shizuka", an ultrasonic cutting device that uses ultrasonic vibrations to cut wet-hardened plaster casts

1992
Company

Changed company name to ALCARE Co., Ltd.

1993
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Established ZAITAC, a shop for ostomates

1995
Company

Held the Inaugural Stoma Rehabilitation Forum, a forum with medical professionals to exchange information with the goal of improving QOL for ostomates

1996
Company

Chiba Factory obtains ISO 9002 certification

1997
Company

Relocated Head Office to Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Product

Published inaugural edition of ALMEDIA, a scientific information magazine for medical professionals

1998
Product

Entered the sports care market, rolling out the REGUARD brand

Product

Launched "Youcare Series", an ostomy system that can be changed daily almost like underwear

1999
Company

Completed construction of the research wing of ALCARE Medical Engineering Laboratory

Product

Launched "Karayahesive", a hydrocolloid wound dressing for acute wounds

2002
Company

Chiba Factory obtained ISO9001:2000 certification

2005
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Chiba Factory obtained ISO13485 certification. Quality assurance system was established.

Product

Launched "Remois", a skincare product that adds moisturization to skin treatment

2008
Company

Built Fukuro House, a co-creation space, next to the Chiba Factory

Product

Launched "Cellcare", an ostomy system that uses a next-generation skin protection agent

2010
Product

Launched the light-cured "Opticure Splint", a splint that can be hardened with light

Product

Launched "SI-Aid", a silicon gel wound dressing that uses silicon adhesive technology

2011
Company

Changed the English-language logo with the aim for further advances as a company that creates Best Care

Company

Founded the Japanese Society of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Management ALCARE Technology and Research Grant

2013
Product

Launched "Locomo Scan", a leg muscle dynamometer with a training function that quantifies leg muscle strength

2015
Product

Obtained an exclusive license to distribute Olympus Terumo Biomaterials Corporation's "TERUDERMIS Artificial Dermis"

2017
Product

Launched "Fit Cure", a covered casting system that aims for stress-free cast immobilization