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RECYCLING OF PLASTIC DISK SHIPPERS IMPLEMENTED BY KOMAG, EMPAK AND NEWMONT

 RECYCLING OF PLASTIC DISK SHIPPERS IMPLEMENTED
 BY KOMAG, EMPAK AND NEWMONT
 MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A cost-effective recycling program for the disk drive industry was recently implemented by Komag (NASDAQ: KMAG), Empak and Newmont. The new program involves single-use cassettes developed and manufactured by Empak. Komag will use Empak's new cassette product to ship thin-film disks to disk drive customers in the U.S. and Asia. The cassettes consist of a polycarbonate body with polypropylene covers and are designed to hold
5.25-, 3.5-, 2.5-, 1.8- or 1.3-inch disks. Newmont's participation in the recycling program ensures that the one-use cassettes are collected at disk drive manufacturing facilities and are subsequently recycled.
 "The one-time use/recycle program represents our continuing commitment to find new, innovative approaches to solving our customers' needs. Our new cassette product allows our customers to package 25 disks in a new cassette for each shipment. This single-use feature provides disk manufacturers more efficient and lower-cost disk packaging and shipping processing," stated Craig Arnold, Empak's chief executive officer.
 According to Dayle Swan, Empak's disk product manager, "One of the significant benefits of the single-use cassettes is that they are inherently cleaner than re-used cassettes. As disk manufacturers, such as Komag, produce disks which meet lower glide height specifications, this added cleanliness becomes even more critical. We are pleased to support our customers in meeting their increasingly stringent product specifications."
 "Empak's one-use cassette helps Komag reduce its initial cassette costs," noted Stephen C. Johnson, Komag's president and chief executive officer. "Perhaps more important," Johnson continued, "is the opportunity to eliminate the secondary costs associated with the return, handling, shipping, cleaning, and accounting for cassettes previously returned by our disk drive customers."
 "The recycling element of the single-use Empak cassette program is environmentally pro-active," concluded John Williams, Newmont's president. "Our firm helps in this process by grinding and reprocessing the plastic resins which end up being used in other applications, for example, telephone cases and school lunch-room trays."
 Komag's thin-film products address the fast growing high-capacity, high-performance segment of the Winchester disk drive market. Winchester disk drives are widely used in a broad range of computer applications from mainframes to portable computers. The Company is the leading supplier of media to this market segment and manufactures the highest density disks commercially available for 5.25-inch and smaller form factors. In addition to thin-film disks, Komag manufactures precision disk substrates and thin-film heads through its two consolidated joint venture subsidiaries, Komag Material Technology and Dastek, respectively. Dastek is one of the three largest suppliers of thin-film heads to the merchant market. Komag operates a technical support facility in Singapore. Komag also manufactures and sells thin-film disk products through an unconsolidated subsidary, Asahi Komag Co., Ltd., which is among the top three media producers in Japan.
 Komag and its consolidated subsidiaries maintain 668,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative space in California and Malaysia, and employ approximately 2,600 people. The Company was founded in 1983. Komag is traded on the NASDAQ over-the-counter market under the symbol KMAG.
 Empak Inc. of Waconia, Minn., is an injection molder of thin-walled, precision plastic carriers used for disk in-processing and for shipping assemblies. The Waconia facility is one of four existing Empak facilities in Minnesota. Empak also has a new high-tech precision injection molding facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., coming on line fourth quarter of 1992. These other facilities support blow molding bottles for the personal care industry, injection molded consumer products and the precision injection molded products for the semiconductor/electronics industry. The company was founded in 1980.
 Newmont Inc. is a Houston-based recycling company that has strategically located reclaim/recycling centers worldwide for the purpose of reclaiming and recycling disk memory plastic carriers and other products for the electronics industry as well as cardboard and other shipping dunnage used for other product shipments. These centers sort, delabel and bale or regrind the material at domestic Rehabilitation Centers which offer work opportunities for the physically impaired. Newmont has based recycling centers in Houston; Sherman, Tex.; San Jose, Calif.; Boise, Idaho; St. Louis, Mo.; and Singapore. Centers are also being established in Europe. The company was formed in 1992.
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Komag, 408-946-2300 ; John Trifari of John Trifari Public Relations,


415-349-9812; Susan Walker, 415-345-7034, or Dayle Swan, 612-442-5687, both of Empak; or John Williams of Newmont, 713-671-0234/
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