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Axion International`s Recycled Plastic Technology Wins 2011 R&D 100 Award
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Recycled Structural Composite I-Beam Design Among This Year’s Winners of the Prestigious Award by R&D Magazine for the Top 100 New Technologies in the World

SOURCE: REUTERS 06/27/2011

Axion International (OTCBB: AXIH) a leading producer of industrial building products and railroad ties made from 100% recycled plastic, is pleased to announce that its Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) technology, specifically its I-beam design, was selected as a winner of the 2011 R&D 100 Award. The I-beam design was used in the construction of several 100% recycled plastic bridges for the US Army at Fort Bragg, NC, designed to allow for the crossing of an M1 Abrams Tank weighing in at approximately 70+ tons.

The prestigious R&D 100 Award is presented annually to 100 of the top technologies in the world, as determined by a panel of experts chosen by R&D Magazine. The Award for the innovative recycled plastic design was granted to the following joint developers and contributors to the I-beam project: the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Rutgers University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McLaren Engineering Group, and Axion International Holdings, Inc.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Axion and our partners,” stated Axion President and CEO Steve Silverman. “The R&D 100 Award has been listing the greatest innovations in technology since the first honors were awarded nearly 50 years ago. We are confident that Axion’s proven and innovative building materials will attract new and exciting uses as engineers and architects increasingly seek advanced infrastructure building solutions that have environmentally friendly attributes.”

The R&D 100 Awards, widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation,” identifies and celebrates the top high technology products of the year. Sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, high-energy physics: the R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.

The Awards were established in 1963 and provide a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the selected product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year. The criteria for the R&D 100 Award includes demonstrable technological significance compared with competing products and technologies. This means that the product should exhibit orders of magnitude of improvement over existing products. In the past, the R&D Awards have recognized many significant products including the automated teller machine, the fax machine, the digital wristwatch, the Kodak Photo CD, and HDTV.

To learn more about the R&D 100 Awards, please visit:

To view a video of Axion’s product in action, during the dedication ceremony for the 100% recycled plastic bridges at Fort Bragg, NC, please visit:

Developed in conjunction with Rutgers University’s Materials Sciences and Engineering Department, Axion’s RSC is inert and contains no toxic materials. It is impervious to insect infestation, will not leach toxic chemicals nor warp. Because it is lighter than traditional materials, transporting RSC is less expensive and reduces energy costs. In addition, RSC is completely recyclable at the end of its functional life.

About Axion International

Axion International is a leading structural solution provider of cost-effective alternative infrastructure and building products. The Company’s “green” proprietary technologies allow for the development and manufacture of innovative structural products made from 100% recycled consumer and industrial plastics. Axion’s up-cycled products are an economic and sustainable alternative to traditional building materials such as wood, steel or concrete. Developed in collaboration with scientists at Rutgers University, Axion’s patented technologies allow for products that are extremely strong, durable, flexible in design, and low maintenance.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “safe harbor” provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause Axion’s actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated, including the risk factors identified in Axion’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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