The first month of 2021 saw sports equipment brand Yonex host the latest of its twice-yearly Newest Technology and Products Trade Shows in Shanghai. As well as introducing the brand’s latest products to dealers, the event sought to raise sales and media exposure via personal appearances by badminton celebrities, including Lin Dan, Ren Chunhui, Yang Yang, Li Zhifeng and Xiong Guobao. Pico was commissioned to provide event planning, design, build and operation services.
With 2021 being Yonex’s 75th anniversary, the event became an ideal opportunity to showcase its heritage. Visitors to the show entered through a ‘time tunnel’ which presented a journey through the historical milestones that led to the brand’s growth.
Inside the venue, product display too received a refreshing, attention-grabbing twist, with ultra-transparent ‘Ice’ LED screens adding a dynamism to the new items.
The event programme was interactive: dealers could order products while attending meetings in the main conference area. They could also join in hands-on ‘experience sessions’ for badminton, tennis and golf equipment, as well as a racquet-stringing workshop. To disperse the mass of attendees, the event space was divided into three ‘breakouts’, each with a capacity of 300 people.