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TAKEBAYASHI APPOINTED TO KOMAG'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 TAKEBAYASHI APPOINTED TO KOMAG'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Masayoshi Takebayashi, 57,


president and chief executive officer of Kobe Precision Inc. has been named to the board of directors of Komag Inc. (NASDAQ: KMAG). Komag is a leading supplier of thin-film components for high-performance Winchester disk drives.
 "We are pleased to have Mr. Takebayashi serve on Komag's board of directors," stated Stephen C. Johnson, Komag's president and chief executive officer. "We have had a very positive relationship working with Kobe Steel and Mr. Takebayashi," continued Johnson.
 "Kobe Steel's equity interest in Komag began a year and a half after Komag was founded," noted Johnson. "In December 1984 Kobe Steel acquired 200,000 shares of Komag's common stock. The following year, Kobe Steel acquired an additonal 67,000 shares. In the first quarter of 1989, Kobe Steel and Komag established a joint venture, Komag Material Technology, in Santa Rosa, Calif. to produce finished disk substrates for Komag's use in the manufacture of thin-film disks. Mr. Takebayashi played a key role in the formation of KMT and the extensive renovation of KMT's facility and implementation of various manufacturing process improvements in 1990," stated Johnson. Takebayashi also continues to serve on the board of directors at KMT.
 "Our relationship with Kobe Steel has continued to be an important part of our growth strategy," elaborated Johnson. "Takebayashi has been very supportive in creating a stronger relationship between Komag and Kobe. In March 1990, Kobe Steel purchased one milllion shares of the company's common stock in a private transaction at $20 per share. In February 1992, Kobe Steel began construction of a substrate manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia which will supply lower cost, finished disk substrates to Komag's media manufacturing plant in Penang beginning in 1993 when both the Komag and Kobe facilities start operation," reported Johnson.
 Since September 1964, Takebayashi has served in a variety of positions with Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan and its subsidiaries. Since January 1988 Takebayashi has served as president, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Kobe Precision Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel USA Holdings Inc. Takebayashi is an associate director of Kobe Steel Ltd. Takebayashi is also a member of the board of directors at the International Disk Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA) and a member of its International Steering Committee. Takebayashi also helped form a chapter of IDEMA in Japan last April.
 Founded in 1911 in Japan, Kobe Steel is a leading steel manufacturer and a major supplier of aluminum and copper products. Kobe Steel's subsidaries also include electronic and biotechnology firms. In fiscal year 1991, Kobe Steel reported a group pretax profit of approximately $408 million on sales of $11.7 billion based upon an exchange rate of 125 Yen to the U.S. dollar.
 Also elected to Komag's board of directors at the company's May 21, 1991 Annual Shareholders Meeting was Toyohiko Ishigaki, a director of Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. and director and general manager of its Electronic Products General and Memory Disk Divisions. Takebayashi and Ishigaki replaced Shigeru Oda, an executive officer with Kobe Steel Ltd., and Junijiro Tomozawa, vice chairman of Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., who did not stand for reelection to the company's board of directors this year.
 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.
 Komag 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.
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 /CONTACT: David H. Allen, T. Hunt Payne, or William L. Potts, Jr. of Komag, 408-946-2300, or John Trifari of John Trifari Public Relations, 415-349-9812, for Komag/
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