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KOMAG INCREASES MANUFACTURING CAPACITY AT CALIFORNIA PLANT

 KOMAG INCREASES MANUFACTURING CAPACITY AT CALIFORNIA PLANT
 MILPITAS, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Komag Inc. (NASDAQ: KMAG), a leading supplier of thin-film components for high- performance Winchester disk drives, today announced that it has expanded its U.S. disk manufacturing capacity with the addition of a tenth sputtering line. The advanced sputtering line has been installed at the company's highly automated 103,000-square-foot San Jose, Calif. facility.
 Production on this line is currently dedicated to 3.5-inch thin- film disks which are incorporated into small-diameter, high-capacity Winchester disk drives used in workstations and advanced desktop personal computers. The new line has been flexibly designed and can also produce smaller 2.5-inch disks used in laptop portables and notebook computers.
 "We continue to see a strong demand for high-capacity, high- performance disk products," said Stephen C. Johnson, Komag president and chief executive officer. "In addition to increasing our production capability, this new sputtering line gives us additional flexibility to respond to changes in customer demand for our products," commented Johnson.
 The addition of the new San Jose line brings the total number of sputtering lines at Komag's U.S. production facilities in Milpitas and San Jose to ten, according to Johnson. Nine of these lines are dedicated exclusively to the production of thin-film disks. One line is used for research and development purposes. Four additional production lines are maintained in Japan by Asahi Komag Co. Ltd. (AKCL), a joint venture between Komag and Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., which is one of the three largest Japanese manufacturers of thin-film disks.
 In addition to thin-film disks, Komag manufactures precision disk substrates and thin-film heads through its two consolidated subsidiaries, Komag Material Technology and Dastek Inc., respectively. Dastek is one of the three largest suppliers of thin-film heads to the merchant market. Komag also operates a technical support facility in Singapore.
 Komag and its consolidated subsidiaries maintain 640,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative space in California and Malaysia, and employ approximately 2,600 people. The company was founded in 1983.
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 /CONTACT: David H. Allen, T. Hunt Payne, or William L. Potts, Jr., 408-946-2300, all of Komag Inc.; or John Trifari of John Trifari Public Relations, 415-349-9812, for Komag Inc./
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