Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Signs Non-Binding Memorandum of Understanding to Expand Capabilities in South Korea

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced today that it has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea to potentially establish manufacturing and research and development capabilities in the region. The signing ceremony was held at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's headquarters in Aurora, Illinois on September 27, 2010 and was attended by the Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Moon-Soo Kim.

The MOU reflects a potential aggregate investment by the Company of approximately US$10 million in Gyeonggi Province. The potential investment would provide expanded capabilities in South Korea to serve the needs of the Company's advanced memory customers.   Ben Han, Cabot Microelectronics' Country Manager of Korea, stated, "This potential investment supports our strategic initiative to get closer to our Asian customers and our continued focus on building strong customer relationships and supply capabilities in Korea."


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 925 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.

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