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Cabot Microelectronics Recognized by Forbes and Deloitte & Touche

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (Nasdaq: CCMP), the leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries to the semiconductor industry, today announced it is ranked Number 54 in Forbes Magazine's "200 Best Small Companies in America" for 2002. Additionally, the company ranked Number 13 on Deloitte & Touche's Greater Chicagoland Technology Fast 50 list, a list of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area.

"We attribute our continued growth and these recognitions to the dedication and commitment by our employees, customers and partners within the Chicago community and the global semiconductor industry," said Matthew Neville, chairman, president and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "As we continue operating in this dynamic industry, we remain focused on superior customer support and the development of advanced technologies and solutions to remain both a leader in our industry and a contributor to the Chicagoland business community."

About Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

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. The Company reported fiscal 2001 revenues of $235.2 million. For more information please visit 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 nearly 30,000 people in more than 100 U.S. cities. Deloitte & Touche refers to Deloitte & Touche LLP and related entities. Deloitte & Touche is the U.S. national practice of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is a Swiss Verein, and each of its national practices is a separate and independent legal entity. For more information, please visit Deloitte & Touche's Website at www.deloitte.com/us. For more information on the Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 programs, please visit www.fast500.com .

About Forbes 200

With the assistance from William O'Neil & Co. in Los Angeles, Forbes compiled its list by examining public companies with latest-12-month sales of $5 million to $600 million, a stock price above $5 per share and five-year average return on equity of at least 5%, with each nominee earning a net margin of at least 5%, excluding extraordinary and nonrecurring items.

CONTACT: Laura Vanderbilt of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation,
+1-630-375-5504.
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SOURCE Cabot Microelectronics Corp.

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/CONTACT: Laura Vanderbilt of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, +1-630-375-5504/

/Web site: http://www.cabotcmp.com

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