SOURCE: BlastGard International Inc.

November 22, 2005 10:42 ET

BlastGard International Named 2005 Technology Innovation Award Winner by Aviation Week

CLEARWATER, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- BlastGard International's, (OTC BB: BLGA), BlastWrap® technology has been named a recipient of a 2005 Aviation Week Magazine's Technology Innovation Award. BlastGard was one of only five recipients of the publications annual award highlighting innovation in aerospace and defense technology. The award was presented at Aviation Week's conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This year's conference focused on the issues most critical to those working in Aviation where exploration, innovation, and invention meet head-on with the realities of national defense, transportation and security.

BastWrap® technology is a product that is designed to mitigate blasts and suppress blast thermal output and the ensuing fires from blasts and explosions, regardless of the material or compound that causes the explosion. BlastWrap® can be wrapped around or conform to any shape, and it is being used in applications such as trash receptacles, oil pipelines, transportation vehicles etc.

"We are extremely proud that our BlastWrap® technology has been recognized by Aviation Week, a highly acclaimed industry trade publication. We believe that as BlastWrap® becomes known in the marketplace, it will greatly impact the world of airline safety and the way the world deals with threats from explosive devices. We recently announced the signing of a five-year agreement with Nordisk Aviation Products Inc., the world leader in supplying cargo equipment to the airlines of the world, to combine BlastWrap® technology with Nordisk's products to develop superior blast mitigating products for the air cargo and unit loading devices market," said James Gordon CEO and Chairman of BlastGard International.

About Aviation Week Group

Aviation Week Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation and aerospace industry, and includes publications such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Aviation Daily, Overhaul & Maintenance, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, ShowNews, Business & Commercial Aviation, The Weekly of Business Aviation, and the World Aerospace Database. The group's web portal, http://www.aviationnow.com, offers the industry's most reliable news, information, intelligence and features, and its Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) at http://www.aviationweek.com/awin is the industry's most integrated business tool for managers, business developers, buyers and technical professionals across the entire aviation and aerospace field.

About BlastGard International, Inc.

BlastGard International, Inc. creates, designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary blast mitigation materials. The Company's patent-pending BlastWrap® technology effectively mitigates blast effects and suppresses post-blast fires. This unique technology can be used to create new, finished products or be used to retrofit to existing products. While the need for this technology has always been present, the security and safety concerns resulting from the September 11, 2001 acts and the subsequent development of Homeland Security make the timing of the Company's emergence even more important. The Company's core market focus is on blast effects mitigation for the commercial sector, military, law enforcement and government agencies. BlastWrap® is based upon well-defined principles and suppresses blast pressures by 50% or more. BlastWrap® products are made from two flexible films arranged one over the other and joined by a plurality of seams filled with attenuating filler material (volcanic glass bead or other suitable two-phase materials), configurable (designed for each application) with an extinguishing coating that offers a revolutionary blast protection system against Blast & Fire/burn threats. BlastWrap® is a blast mitigation assembly that can be wrapped around or conform to any shape. BlastWrap® is a concept (not a chemical compound) from which blast protection products are built to save lives and reduce damage to valuable assets from explosions. Additional information on BlastGard can be found at http://www.blastgardintl.com.


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Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    BlastGard International, Inc.
    Michael J. Gordon
    (727) 592-9400

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Investor Relations Group
    Erik Lux
    (212) 825-3210

    John Nesbett
    (212) 825-3210

    Adam Holdsworth
    (212) 825-3210

    Media Contact:
    Mike Graff
    (212) 825-3210