SOURCE: Ikona Gear International, Inc.

April 12, 2005 09:45 ET

Ikona Gear International Selects McCloud Communications for Investor Relations and Financial Communications

COQUITLAM, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2005 -- Ikona Gear International (OTC BB: IKGI), a leader in innovative gearing systems technology, today announced that it has retained McCloud Communications, LLC as its investor relations agency of record. McCloud Communications is a strategic investor relations, corporate communications and financial marketing firm headquartered in Irvine, California.

"Ikona has transitioned from a research and development focused start-up to an emerging leader in innovative gearing technologies. To continue this drive toward commercialization while maximizing shareholder value, we need to implement an aggressive, proactive investor relations program," said Laith I. Nosh, President and CEO for Ikona. "After an extensive agency review process, McCloud has emerged as the agency of choice for spearheading our financial public relations initiative. Their proven track record and outstanding reputation will serve us well as we get the Ikona story out in front of top-tier investment community professionals."

Ikona recently announced several other significant developments, including a private placement of $1 million, a development agreement with StarRotor Corporation to provide patented Ikona Gear technology for the third generation of StarRotor's proprietary engine design, and an agreement with Paccar Winch Division, the largest producer of industrial winches in the world.

About McCloud Communications

Founded in 1999, McCloud Communications provides a wide range of investor relations, corporate communications, financial marketing and public relations, and business strategy services. The company's client base is comprised of publicly traded and privately held global companies across a broad range of industries including biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical, recreational products, natural gas and energy, telecommunications, software and information technology services. For more information, visit or call telephone 949.553.9748.

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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