Applied Materials : Applied Materials Named to Ethisphere's 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies List

Applied Materials : Applied Materials Named to Ethisphere's 2013 World's Most
                            Ethical Companies List

                Recognized for Exceptional Ethical Leadership

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 11, 2013 - Applied Materials, Inc. today announced
that it was named by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics
think-tank, as one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies.

"We are honored to be named to Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies
list for the second year in a row," said Charmaine F. Mesina, corporate vice
president of legal affairs and company ombudsman at Applied Materials. "For
more than 45 years, Applied has modeled its core values on ethics and
integrity. This prestigious award recognizes our global employees' commitment
to the highest ethical standards."

According to Ethisphere, Applied secured a hard-earned spot on the list by
promoting a culture of integrity and business practices that are instrumental
to the company's success, benefit the community, and raise the bar for ethical
standards within its industry.

"Applied Materials understands the importance of operating from a strong
ethical foundation and how this impacts all parts of the company, ranging from
employee retention and recruitment, to culture and financial performance,"
said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. "As more
companies develop initiatives to expand their ethics programs across entire
industries, Applied's inclusion as a World's Most Ethical Company for 2013 is
a testament to its exemplary commitment to ethics and integrity."

This is the seventh year Ethisphere has published their rankings and the
second year in which Applied Materials participated in the application
process. Ethisphere evaluated a record number of nominations and applications
using its proprietary methodology to identify companies that surpassed their
industry peers. The 2013 list features 138 companies in more than three dozen
industries, including 40 companies headquartered outside the United States.

The methodology for the WME ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics,
litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in
innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed
to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior
executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers. Read about the
methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical
Companies at www.ethisphere.com.

For additional details on Applied's corporate citizenship, visit
www.appliedmaterials.com/about/cr. 

About Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing
innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of
advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.
Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and
solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around
the world. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com. 

About Ethisphere Institute:
The research-based Ethisphere^® Institute is a leading international
think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best
practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption
and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally
recognized World's Most Ethical Companies Ranking(TM), is the quarterly
publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party
verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics
Inside^® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification(TM) and Anti-Corruption
Program Verification(TM). The Institute's premier membership group, the
Business Ethics Leadership Alliance(TM), is a business ethics forum that
includes more than 100 leading corporations, universities and institutions
that collectively leverage their experience, expertise and innovative ways to
address emerging compliance challenges. More information on the Ethisphere
Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at
www.ethisphere.com

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CONTACT
For Applied Materials
Kevin Winston (editorial/media) 408.235.4498
Michael Sullivan (financial community) 408.986.7977

For Ethisphere
Aubrie Artiano, 571.294.7472

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