Ceradyne, Inc. Receives $9.1 Million ESAPI Orders


COSTA MESA, Calif.--Sept. 12, 2006--Ceradyne, Inc. (Company) (Nasdaq:CRDN) received new delivery orders for approximately $9.1 million of its lightweight ceramic body armor, enhanced small arms protective inserts (ESAPI). These orders were placed by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) for delivery late this year and early 2007. These orders were placed against a larger indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract announced previously.

David Reed, Ceradyne president of North American operations, commented: "We are pleased that DSCP placed these ESAPI orders with Ceradyne. These orders are in addition to the U.S. Army orders announced on September 11, 2006. We intend to ship all ESAPI orders according to the government's delivery and quality requirements."

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 ceradyne.com.

CONTACT:
Ceradyne, Inc.
Joel P. Moskowitz
714-549-0421
or
Silverman Heller Associates
Dan Matsui/Gene Heller
310-208-2550

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