SOURCE: Ikona Gear International, Inc.

April 25, 2005 14:00 ET

Ikona Gear International Appoints Nicola Simon to Board of Directors

Company Expands Board to Bolster Expertise in International Product Development

COQUITLAM, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2005 -- Ikona Gear International (OTC BB: IKGI), a leader in innovative gearing systems technology, today announced the appointment of Nicola Simon to its board of directors. Ms. Simon, a manufacturing and product development industry veteran, is currently the platform manager for Ballard Power Systems, a global leader in fuel cell development and manufacture.

"To further our aggressive mission to be a global leader in innovative gearing technologies, it is imperative for Ikona to build a board of directors with real world experience in designing and bringing new products to market," said Laith I. Nosh, President and CEO for Ikona. "Nicola's broad range of international manufacturing and product development experience will be invaluable to us as we deepen our product offering across multiple vertical markets. We look forward to having Nicola join the Ikona team."

"This is an opportune time to join Ikona's board of directors," said Ms. Simon. "In addition to the tremendous inroads Ikona has already made with automotive industry leaders such as Magna International, the company is fast realizing success in the medical, robotics, and aviation sectors. I look forward to working closely with the technical and management teams to drive new product technologies to commercialization."

About Nicola Simon

Ms. Simon joins Ikona's board after an almost 15 year career in engineering, international manufacturing, product development, and project management. Presently and for the past eight years, Ms. Simon has been employed with Ballard Power Systems, a global leader in fuel cell development and manufacture.

In her current role as Platform Manager for Fuel Cell Development (Vancouver, Canada & Nabern, Germany), Nicola manages multi-million dollar project budgets and is responsible for product and process development of fuel cells intended for automotive applications. Nicola's past projects have led to the development and implementation of fuel cells for fleet vehicles, buses and stationary applications.

Previously, Nicola held production management, project and manufacturing engineering positions at T&N (automotive part producer) and was a development engineer with IBM, France. She holds a Bachelor's Degree, First Class (Honors), in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in the United Kingdom.

About Ikona Gear International

Ikona Gear designs, manufactures and markets innovative gearing-enabled applications and gear increasing and reduction systems. Ikona's patented intellectual property involves a unique gear tooth form that provides very high gear reduction and very high gear tooth contact. The company's patented technology affords significant advantages over traditional planetary gearing systems including: very high torque, reduced size and weight, almost zero backlash, accurate back-and-forth actuation, low wear, superior efficiency and low noise. Ikona trades on the Over the Counter market under the symbol "IKGI" and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol "IG2." For more information on Ikona, please visit us at

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