Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Receives "Best Supplier Award" From Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin Regions)

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 5, 2012 (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 SMIC (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin regions) awarded Cabot Microelectronics Corporation the "Best Supplier Award" for its performance during the first half of 2012, for providing chemical mechancial polishing slurries deemed essential to SMIC's success.

"We are very pleased to receive the SMIC Best Supplier Award for our support of the Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin regions," stated David Li, Cabot Microelectronics' Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region.  "This recognition reflects Cabot Microelectronics' commitment to consistently deliver high-quality, reliable CMP solutions via a robust supply chain."

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 1,025 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 June 30, 2012 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, 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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