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KOMAG APPOINTS MANAGING DIRECTOR TO HEAD NEW MALAYSIAN OPERATION

 KOMAG APPOINTS MANAGING DIRECTOR TO HEAD NEW MALAYSIAN OPERATION
 MILPITAS, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Komag Inc. (NASDAQ: KMAG), the leading supplier of sputtered thin-film disks for high-performance Winchester disk drives has named Thian H. ("T.H.") Tan as managing director of Komag USA (Malaysia) Sdn., the company's newly established disk manufacturing subsidiary in Penang, Malaysia.
 Tan, 43, is a native of Malaysia and has extensive experience in the production of thin-film disks and semiconductors. He is presently in charge if operations at Komag's San Jose, Calif., manufacturing facility which produces nearly one-half of Komag's domestic disk output.
 "Tan will manage the start-up and be responsible for running our 220,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, highly automated facility in Malaysia. The new facility will produce the company's advanced disks and has been designed to further the company's strategy to reduce manufacturing costs," stated Will Kauffman, Komag's senior vice president and chief operating officer, to whom Tan will report in his new position. The plant will produce 3 1/2-inch and smaller sputtered disks for workstations, high-performance personal computers, laptop and notebook computers.
 "T.H. is the ideal candidate for this job," Kauffman said. "He brought our newest and most advanced manufacturing plant up from ground zero to a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, highly productive operation. In his new position, T.H. will combine his knowledge of Komag and its sophisticated manufacturing process with the understanding of the culture of his native country, Malaysia, to build a disk manufacturing operation which can compete with anyone in the world in terms of quality and cost," he continued.
 Construction of the Malaysian plant and hiring of managerial and technical staff began in February 1992. Komag plans to employ approximately 200 people in its Malaysian media operation when volume disk production begins in 1993.
 Before joining Komag in 1989, Tan was vice president of Operations at HMT, a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. that produces thin-film disks. Prior to that he was vice president of Quality and Reliability for three years at Nashua Computer Products Corp. (formerly Lin Data).
 Tan started his career at National Semiconductor Corp. in Singapore as a packaging engineer, and later went to that company's Malacca, Malaysia, facility. Tan came to the United States in 1977 with National Semiconductor Corp. as a group manager for quality assurance. In 1982, Tan was sent to the Philippines as general manager of its Manila facility. He holds an honor's degree in Physics from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
 Founded in 1983, Komag and its two consolidated subsidiaries (Komag Material Technology Inc. and Dastek Inc.) maintain 610,000 square-feet of manufacturing and administrative space in California and Malaysia. Dastek Inc. recently acquired in December 1991, designs, manufactures and markets thin-film heads, a key component used in advanced Winchester disk drives. Komag also operates a technical support facility in Singapore. The company and its consolidated subsidiaries employ approximately 2,500 people. Komag also manufactures and sells thin-film disk products through its unconsolidated joint venture, Asahi Komag Co. Ltd., which is among the top three media producers in Japan. The company 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., all of Komag, 408-946-2300; John Trifari of John Trifari Public Relations, 415-349-9812, for Komag; or Terence Seow of the P.R. Shoppe SDN.BHD (Penang, Malaysia), 04-629015, for Komag/
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