Japanese 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis Update

Riverside, Calif., March 31, 2011
Dear Customer,
On March 23, 2011, Bourns, Inc. ("Bourns") provided its customers with an update regarding the impact on Bourns’ business resulting from the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan. In that update Bourns noted that slight delays might occur due to cargo screening for radiation. Bourns is aware of continued customer concerns regarding the threat of radiation contamination to Bourns® products and/or raw materials exported from or manufactured in Japan.

Bourns does not own manufacturing facilities in the affected areas of Japan; however, Bourns utilizes certain sub-suppliers which have been directly or indirectly impacted by the earthquake. The majority of Bourns® products and raw materials are being screened by Bourns’ carriers before leaving Japan. At this time, Bourns is pleased to report that we are not aware of any Bourns® products or raw materials showing any radiation contamination.

Bourns will continue to closely monitor the situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility and we will update this advisory in the event there is any material change to the Bourns’ supply chain.

Best regards,
Dennis Lause
Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales

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

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement. Other listed names and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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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