Yonex is a Japanese manufacturer of badminton equipment , tennis and golf . It produces racquets , shuttlecocks , hockey sticks , clothes and accessories for these sports .
|Yonex Co., Ltd.|
|Type of||Joint-Stock Company|
|Key figures||Minoru Yoneyama , founder|
|Products||rackets , shuttlecocks , golf clubs , snowboards , sportswear and shoes , accessories|
|Number of employees||approximately 1,200|
The company was founded by Minoru Yoneyama in 1946 . The original name is Yoneyama. First products: corks for barrels and floats for fishing nets . After a failure in this business, the company shifted to the production of badminton rackets for other brands ( 1957 ). In 1961 , Yoneyama created its own brand of badminton rackets. Three years later, the company becomes the leader in sales of this type of product in Japan and begins to develop foreign markets . In 1971 , developed rackets for tennis . In 1974 , the company acquired a modern name - Yonex.
Yonex is a notable manufacturer in the badminton market and a player in the markets for tennis and golf. The company provides large-scale financing of professional tournaments . Yonex is a partner of the World Badminton Federation .