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

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

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/.

Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its
subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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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