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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Geino, Japan Facilities Not Directly Affected by Earthquake

Aurora, IL, Mar 13, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ: CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported that all of its employees in Japan are safe in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

In addition, the company's Geino, Japan manufacturing and research and development facilities, located approximately 500 miles from the earthquake's epicenter, were not directly affected by the disaster, and presently continue to operate on schedule and at normal production levels. The company's other administrative operations in Japan also were generally not impacted by the earthquake. The company continues to monitor shipping and transportation operations to confirm the status of planned shipment and delivery schedules, and to work with its suppliers to confirm future materials supply and availability. At present, the company believes that its inventories and shipments are not at risk, and its main focus continues to be on providing any assistance needed to its employees and customers, as well as with general relief efforts.

ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 975 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.

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