Golden Bear Ceramics Company to exhibit 100% green stone tile at the Green California Summit and Exposition

    VANCOUVER, March 8 /CNW/ - Golden Bear Ceramics Company ("Golden Bear"),
a subsidiary of Emgold Mining Corporation (EMR-TSX Venture), will be
exhibiting its stone tile, manufactured from 100% waste material at the Green
California Summit and Exposition on March 13th and 14th at the Sacramento
Convention Center, Booth 311. This unique conference and exhibition was
created to support state and government efforts to implement green services,
products and solutions. Access to the exhibit hall and attendance at the
keynote speaker presentations are FREE for the public, along with a number of
workshops and seminars. For more information about the conference please visit
the conference website:
    As an exhibitor, Golden Bear will introduce its high quality 100% "green"
stone building products manufactured using the Ceramext(TM) technology,
including floor and wall tiles as well as roofing tiles, to State and Federal
agencies, architects, designers, developers and builders who specialize in
green building projects or who intend to incorporate green products into
future projects. Golden Bear's intent is to introduce its products to key
decision makers early in the project planning process, in order to have its
unique building products specified in future green building projects.
    Golden Bear has made significant advances in the Ceramext(TM) technology
in the past year, dramatically improving the quality and marketability of its
products as well as building a successfully operating pilot scale plant. High
quality polished floor tiles have been made for a showcase installation in
Auburn, California as well as for display to potential distributors. The tiles
were made with waste from a large aggregate producer in California. In
addition Golden Bear has successfully produced tiles from other waste
materials including fly ash, volcanic tuff, mine tailings and a wide range of
other industrial wastes. These different materials have also been blended to
create different colors and textures.
    Along with the floor and wall tile markets, Golden Bear has also targeted
the roofing market. The current market for ceramic roofing tile is
approximately USD$100 million per year out of the USD$8.9 billion annual
roofing materials market in the United States. A key driver of this market is
the introduction of "Cool Roof" technology. Cool Roof technology is the
application of reflective coatings to roof tile surfaces. The increased roof
reflectance results in lower interior temperatures and air conditioning
demands placed on the electrical power grid. In 2008 it is expected that the
State of California will introduce Title 24, a statewide initiative that will
mandate the use of Cool Roof technology. Given that Golden Bear's roof tile is
made from 100% waste material, its combination with Cool Roof technology
enhances Golden Bear's potential as a supplier of 100% green roofing products.
    Golden Bear's parent, Emgold Mining Corporation ("Emgold"), is currently
pursuing a corporate restructuring that would result in the effective
separation of the Golden Bear ceramics business from the gold exploration and
development business of Emgold. As an independent company, Golden Bear would
then undertake to secure the additional financing required to further develop
and complete the commercialization of the Ceramext(TM) technology. This would
include the continued operation of the existing pilot plant and further
product development and research and development work, building and operating
a new demonstration plant to increase tile size and throughput, conducting
further marketing studies, and introducing our high quality building products
to a broad range of distribution companies, architects, designers, developers
and builders who specialize in green building projects.
    For more information about Golden Bear Ceramics Company, please visit the
Company's website:

                       William J. (Bill) Witte, P.Eng.
                    President and Chief Executive Officer

     No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information
                       contained in this news release.

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve
potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or
developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although
the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and
continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market
or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are
not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments
may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
For more information on the Company, investors should review Emgold Mining
Corporation's filings that are available at or its website at

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For further information: please contact: Michael O'Connor, Manager,
Investor Relations, Tel: (604) 687-4622, Fax: (604) 687-4212, Email:

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