Avnet and Bourns Celebrate 45 Years of Partnership

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 12:57pm
Ed Smith, President, Avnet Electronics (

ed smithI’ve been in this industry a long time and while we are all clearly focused on the innovations of tomorrow, it’s nice to see where we’ve come from. Recently, Avnet Electronics Marketing and Bourns, Inc. celebrated our 45th distribution anniversary and it made me take a step back and look at the legacy we’ve built together.

Since its inception, Bourns has been a company focused on creating solutions for tomorrow’s technology. In 1965, Hamilton Electro Sales – now Avnet, Inc. – and Bourns formalized one of the first franchised supplier agreements in electronics history, setting in motion one of the industry’s most resilient supply and design chain alliances. And through the mergers that transformed Hamilton's semiconductor division into the Avnet Electronics Marketing operating group, Avnet and Bourns continue to work together to provide a consistent stream of innovative technology to customers in the telecommunications, computer, instrumentation, medical and automotive sectors.

Bourns has also undergone a great transformation -- expanding the scale and scope of its products. Recently, Bourns’ Model 3046 Linear Motion Potentiometer was used in the Mini Power Tool on a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope in outer space. No doubt, the growth and change that both companies have experienced over the last 45 years has been incredible. It serves as a subtle reminder that while what’s new will always be exciting, true innovation takes time and endurance. I can’t wait to see what the next 45 years bring.


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