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Bourns Electronics GmbH

Bourns Electronics GmbH

Company information:


Bourns, Inc. has been leading the electronics industry in the design, manufacture and sale of electronic components and integrated solutions since its inception in 1947 by Marlan and Rosemary Bourns. As an industry innovator, Bourns targets product development at high-growth industries such as computers, telecommunications, automotive and portable electronics. Employing 5000 people throughout the world with corporate headquarters in Riverside, CA, Bourns continues to thrive as a privately held company under the leadership of Gordon Bourns. As Chairman of the Board and CEO, Mr. Bourns vision for the Company is to be first in providing innovative solutions with superior quality and reliability to customers in a broad range of markets.


Bourns established a benchmark for the quality, value and innovation of its products and services early in the Company’s history with the 1952 introduction of the Trimpot® line. This was the world’s first patented trimming potentiometer. Bourns dedication to excellence ensures the continuous improvement of its products and services to satisfy customers on a global basis. Bourns philosophy is founded upon product quality, dependable delivery and the best overall value for its worldwide customers. In addition to maintaining global manufacturing and customer support capabilities, Bourns invests heavily in the development of technologies and the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities to meet customers’ changing needs. Through this continuous investment, Bourns drives the trend toward component miniaturization. The Company’s commitment to quality is demonstrated in its manufacturing operations, which meet QS 9000, ISO 9001/2000 and TS 16949 certifications. In addition, Bourns has received awards from prominent companies such as General Motors, Ford, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, GE, Tektronix, TTI and many others, for its excellence as a supplier.


Bourns sells a broad range of passive components, including trimming potentiometers, overcurrent protection devices, sensors, modular contacts, resistive networks, switches, encoders, panel controls, linear motion potentiometers, dials, precision potentiometers, inductive components, chip resistors and chip resistor arrays, and more. In addition, our Circuit Protection offering continues to expand to include thyristor surge protectors, resettable and telecom fuses, gas discharge tubes, line protection modules, chip diodes and ESD protection products. Outside Plant products include central office, station and multi-stage protectors as well as network interface devices (NIDS) and digital subscriber line (DSL) products. More recent product line additions include DC/DC converters, microelectronic modules, specialty resistors and power semiconductors.

Automotive Applications

Bourns Sensors Division manufactures a range of products from circuit protection devices to steering angle sensors providing innovative position-sensing solutions to the automotive market. Its two strategic business areas are passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle position sensing. The sensor design is customized to the specific environmental considerations for each target market.

In the area of non-contacting sensing, Bourns offers solutions based on Hall Effect (HE), 2 Axis HE and anisotropic magneto resistance (AMR) technology. Bourns continues to develop and manufacture new technology sensors, either contacting or non-contacting which are designed to make vehicles safer, more fuel efficient and more comfortable. Some of the non-contacting product highlights include the ability to offer one of the few self-diagnostic, multiturn steering sensors on the market for EPAS that is ready for active steering duty. To complement this product a non-contacting torque sensor, already produced in quantities of several million, is available for torque assisted electronic steering applications. Focus areas include steering, suspension, braking, power train and under hood sensing as well as electronic power steering, torque and position sensors and rotational speed sensors for ABS and electronic transmission applications.

Bourns Sensors Division / Bourns Electronics GmbH

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