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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Receives Intel's Most Prestigious Award for Suppliers - Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI)

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Aurora, IL, April 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, announced today that it was named as one of only eight companies receiving Intel Corporation's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for its performance in 2012. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation is recognized for its significant contributions in providing Intel with CMP slurries and pads, deemed essential to Intel's success.

"We are proud to receive the prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award from Intel, a key strategic customer," stated William Noglows, Cabot Microelectronics' Chairman and CEO. "We have been honored to receive five Preferred Quality Supplier awards from Intel over the last six years. The criteria to win the SCQI award are rigorous, and we believe this recognition exemplifies our commitment to be a long term strategic partner to Intel, delivering the highest standards for quality, manufacturing efficiency and technology. We are proud to be distinguished as a world-class supplier among Intel's broad supply chain."

"I would like to congratulate Cabot Microelectronics for winning the prestigious Intel SCQI award for 2012! Cabot Microelectronics' dedication to delivering high quality and advanced CMP slurry products is considered world-class. Intel is pleased to recognize your achievements in driving continuous improvement and exceptional quality systems throughout your supply chain," stated Tim Hendry, Intel Corporation Vice President and Fab Materials Operation Director.

The SCQI award is part of Intel's SCQI program that encourages Intel's key suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for SCQI status, suppliers must score at least 95 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology, environmental, social and governance goals. Suppliers must also achieve 90 percent or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at www.intel.com/go/quality.

A celebration to honor SQCI award winners was held in Santa Clara on April 9, 2013. An announcement with further information on this award can be found on Intel's website at http://intel.com/.

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ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a 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 1,050 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth, contraction or trends; growth or contraction of the markets in which the company participates; international events, regulatory or legislative activity, or various economic factors; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company's cash balance; financing facilities and related debt, payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company's capital structure; and the construction and operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, both filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

CONTACT: Trisha Tuntland Manager, Investor Relations (630) 499-2600

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