Ceradyne, Inc. Receives $13.3 Million Ceramic Body Armor Order; for U.S. Marine Corps, Special Operations Forces

COSTA MESA, Calif.--Aug. 23, 2006--Ceradyne, Inc. (Company) (Nasdaq:CRDN) received two ceramic body armor delivery orders totaling $13.3 million from the U.S. Marine Corps., Quantico, Virginia, and U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. These orders for ESAPI and Side Plates are scheduled for delivery from third-quarter 2006 through early 2007.

Dave Reed, Ceradyne President North American Operations, commented, "We are pleased to receive these orders from the Marines and Special Operation Forces as it helps in ensuring that we meet our recently upward revised guidance for 2006. Our Company is pleased with the knowledge that we continue to save the lives of American fighting men and women."

Ceradyne develops, manufactures and markets advanced technical ceramic products and components for defense, industrial, automotive/diesel, and commercial applications. Additional information about the Company can be found at www.ceradyne.com.

Ceradyne, Inc.
Joel P. Moskowitz
714-549-0421, x8261

Silverman Heller Associates
Dan Matsui/Gene Heller

SOURCE: Ceradyne, Inc.

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