Bourns Acquires Central Office Surge Protection Products Assets from Corning Cable Systems LLC

Riverside, Calif., June 19, 2009 Bourns, Inc. today announces that the company has purchased substantially all of the assets of the central office surge protection products business from Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated"s Telecommunications segment. This asset purchase extends Bourns" current offering of protection products and protection technology and further strengthens Bourns" position as a leading supplier for central office and remote access cabinet surge protection. Bourns will consolidate the central office surge protection products operation within its existing design and marketing operation in Riverside, California and manufacturing facilities in Costa Rica and Tijuana, Mexico.

Corning Cable Systems" central office surge protection products, which include 5-pin, 4-pin, 1-pin protector modules, related protector blocks, connectors and protector panels, are sold principally to Telcos for use in central office and remote access cabinet surge protection applications in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Selected products are also purchased by manufacturers as components in higher level integrated copper products. The assets purchased by Bourns do not include any of Corning Cable Systems" other copper product solutions or European surge protection solutions.

Bourns has previously acquired the communication protection products businesses of Joslyn Electronics and Emerson Network Power as well as Texas Instruments" solid state primary protection business and the innovative Transient Blocking Unit business of Fultec Semiconductor.

"Bourns is committed to supplying the best and most reliable electronic solutions to satisfy the diverse needs of our customers," said Dr. Erik Meijer, vice president of circuit protection for Bourns. "With Bourns" more than 30 years experience in this market, the company is uniquely positioned with our internal production of components such as gas discharge tubes, thyristors, PTC thermistors and the newly-acquired transient blocking units, which together form the very heart of modern telecom protection."

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About Bourns

Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical (low/medium risk), audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available at

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Bourns® products have not been designed for and are not intended for use in "lifesaving," "life-critical" or "life-sustaining" applications nor any other applications where failure or malfunction of the Bourns® product may result in personal injury or death. See Legal Disclaimer Notice

Agency Contact:
Annette Keller
Keller Communication
Company Contact:
David Scofield
Bourns, Inc.
(951) 781-5054
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