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Cabot Microelectronics Named One of the Greater Chicagoland's Fastest Growing Technology Companies In Deloitte & Touche "Fast 50" Program

Cabot Microelectronics attributes its 644 Percent Revenue
Growth to its Innovation of High-Performance Products,
Successful Global Supply Chain, Unparalleled Technical
Support and Responsive Customer Service

Aurora, IL, September 24, 2001 - Cabot Microelectronics has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious "Fast 50" Program for greater Chicagoland, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area. Rankings are based on five-year revenue growth from 1996-2000. The program is sponsored by Deloitte & Touche, in association with Jenner & Block, Lexis Nexis, and the following participating organizations: the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Internet Executives Club, World Business Chicago, Illinois Coalition, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. On September 20, 2001, Deloitte & Touche announced the ranked Greater Chicagoland Technology Fast 50 list. Cabot Microelectronics ranked #7.

"We at Cabot Microelectronics proudly accept this award on behalf of our employees, customers and partners within both the Chicago community and the semiconductor industry." said Matthew Neville, chairman, president and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "We plan to continue working with our customers to develop the most advanced technologies and solutions to keep up with today's dynamic marketplace."

In today's fast-paced world of technology, it's an honor to be named one of the fastest growing technology companies." said Tim McCarty, Partner of Deloitte & Touche. "We commend Cabot Microelectronics for making the commitment to technology and delivering on the promise of market longevity."

To quality for the Fast 50, companies must have had operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 1996 and $1,000,000 in 2000, must be a public or private company headquartered in Greater Chicagoland, and be a "technology company" defined as a company that produces technology, manufactures a technology product, or devotes a high percentage of effort to research and development of technology. For more information on the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 or Fast 500 program, visit www.fast500.com.


About Cabot Microelectronics

Cabot Microelectronics, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, USA, is the world leader in the development and supply of high-performance polishing slurries used for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), a process that enables the manufacture of the most advanced integrated circuit (IC) devices and hard disk drive components. Cabot Microelectronics' global network of facilities encompasses corporate headquarters, a state-of-the-art research and technology center, and manufacturing plants in Aurora; manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States; and regional sales, technical applications and support offices strategically located throughout the world. The Company reported fiscal 2000 revenues of $180 million. For more information, visit the Cabot Microelectronics web site at www.cabotcmp.com or call 1-630-499-2600.

About Deloitte & Touche

Deloitte & Touche, one of the nation's leading professional services firms, provides assurance and advisory, tax, and management consulting services through 30,000 people in more than 100 U.S. cities. The firm's technology and communications practice in the Midwest region focuses on developing and delivering superior customer service and products to rapidly changing technology and communications markets. Deloitte & Touche is part of Deloitte Touche Tohmaisu, a global leader in professional service with more than 90,000 people in over 130 countries. Deloitte & Touche refers to Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte Consulting LLC, and related entities. For additional information, please visit Deloitte & Touche's web site at www.us.deloitte.com.

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