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Principle Alcare
Our Profile
Company Name ALCARE Co., Ltd.
Representative Terushige Suzuki, President
Business Activities Development, manufacture, sale, import and export of medical devices and consumable materials for medical use
Founded July 1955
Incorporated May 1973
Capital 90 million yen
Sales 14.4 billion yen (FYE June 2021)
Employees 565 (as of June 2021)
Head Office 19F, Arcacentral Bldg. 1-2-1 Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0013, Japan
Tel: 03-5611-7800 (switchboard)
Business Locations Medical Engineering Laboratory (Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Chiba Factory (Chiba City, Chiba)
Distribution Center (Edogawa-ku, Tokyo)
Sales Offices (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka)
Affiliated Companies ZAITAC Co., Ltd.
Message from President
President Alcare

Our goal is to be an essential partner to an aging society

ALCARE's foundation in 1955 was prompted by the development of Japan's first plaster bandage. Ever since, in our mission to build a healthy society offering ample health and welfare services for all as a company that creates the Best Care, we have engaged sincerely with the needs and hopes of medical professionals and patients and delivered many products to satisfy them.

Medical care in an aging society is being asked to undergo a paradigm shift from a "cure-centric" model that focuses primarily on curing disease and maintaining life to a "care-centric" model that aims to keep patients healthy even while they are suffering from chronic illnesses. In such an era of transformation, as an essential partner to that aging society, ALCARE will adopt the perspectives of patients and medical professionals and contribute to medical care with the provision of connected care from prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to the return of patients to their daily life.

To this end, as well as developing products that meet medical needs that are changing and becoming more diverse every day, we will continue to leverage our strengths in proposals that accurately identify the issues on the ground and meet the challenge of designing new ways of care that go beyond manufacturing.

I am deeply grateful for your unwavering support of ALCARE.

Terushige Suzuki, President

Brand Message

One Care, Better Life

From prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to the return of patients to their daily life, no one else cares more than ALCARE about the needs and hopes of medical professionals.

We infuse all our knowledge, skill and passion into the development of the highest quality healthcare products.

With our commitment and empathy as our major strengths we unite various treatments that offer comfort and relief and open new ways for breakthrough care.

Each one of us next to every patient, tending invaluable lives. Each one of us at the heart of ALCARE.

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 Company 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 Company 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
Business Field

With our commitment and empathy as our major strengths we unite various treatments that offer comfort and relief and open new ways for breakthrough care.

How to help people receiving care to live a more comfortable life?

How to improve care on the ground in the medical profession?

Constantly asking ourselves these questions and cherishing its relationships with recipients of care and with medical professionals, ALCARE has long strived to create new value through technology.

In a hyper-aging society, healthcare services are under pressure to transform. To respond to increasingly diverse challenges, we will address the needs of healthcare providers on the ground, focusing on all care processes that will contribute to healthy longevity and quality of life, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and onto rehabilitation and return to society.

Designing new value to connect individual care processes. Going beyond product development, ALCARE will continue to take on the challenge of new possibilities in care through the information, services, and experiences we have built up over the years.

ALCARE conducts business in four specialized domains.

Since its success in the first development and domestic manufacture of plaster bandages in Japan in 1953, ALCARE has supported patient assistance, immobilization, and functional aids with its range of plaster products for fracture treatment, and support and immobilization devices with product design based on the principles of conservative therapy and rehabilitation.

We are addressing challenges for supporting and strengthening the human body's innate motor functions, including the potential for new plaster bandages for stress-free treatment of fractures in the elderly and the visualization of lower extremity muscles, which are the key to healthy longevity in an aging society.

Leveraging our many years of experience, we will contribute to the extension of patients' healthy life expectancy and to the improvement of their QOL in a super-aging society.

We have pursued products that promote healing and support labor saving in the care of both acute wounds, such as traumatic injuries and post-operative wounds from surgery, and chronic wounds, including pressure sores and leg ulcers.

We have adopted many original technologies for care from the perioperative period to discharge from hospital and daily life. They include elastic stockings to support venous circulation, the provision of gauze-alternative dressings and pouch drainage products aimed at early recovery and more efficient treatment during and after surgery, and silicon adhesion technologies to meet wound management needs.

With the progression of the division and increased specialization of medical functions, to provide patients with continuous, appropriate care, we offer a range of products needed for prevention, treatment, and post-treatment care, and are engaging with the challenges of multidisciplinary care coordination for seamless connections between acute phase and community care.

Our goal is to realize total wound care with optimal care that is tailored to the individual.

Since 1965, when we launched Japan's first adhesive ostomy appliance, "Lapack", for people with stomas (colostomy, urostomy), people who are ill or injured, and elderly persons who require excretion management, as a manufacturer of ostomy systems, we have continued to offer stoma care solutions that suit the Japanese lifestyle.

As well as deploying stoma care solutions that pursue ease of use and peace of mind, in our desire to resolve the concerns of ostomates as much as possible, we are working to enhance our information and services to support them in their daily lives. Our initiatives in this area include holding the Ostomates Meeting, tours of the ALCARE factory and the publication of a Stoma Care Guidebook.

We want to deliver peace of mind to ostomates for the rest of their lives.

In the Nursing Care domain, which is connected to all of the respective specialized domains, we want to work with nurses to create the comfort and peace of mind that will allow them to deliver the nursing care that aim for.

To this end, we are engaged in task standardization and labor saving through our products and services, and in education and support to help nurses adhere to and continue those tasks.

Since the launch of our elastic adhesive bandage, "Elatex", in 1967, we have focused our efforts on specialized products for device management and skin care for skin that is easily damaged. Based on the perspectives of safety measures and infection control, we will continue to respond to the needs of nurses in the field.

For nurses' comfort and peace of mind, ALCARE will help to make nursing work more efficient and contribute to medical safety.

ALCARE's New Business Fields

Healthcare Business

Leveraging our knowledge and experience of medical marketing and the networks we have built up in the manufacture of medical devices, we are rolling out businesses that focus on the improvement of locomotor organs (combatting locomotive syndrome, helping the frail, combatting sarcopenia).

Media Business

We operate ALMEDIA WEB, a members-only information website about medical care.

Consultation Medical & Product Knowledge

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