General Terms and Conditions of Delivery and Service

1. Validity of the terms and conditions

a) All contracts with respect to deliveries and services, which we conclude as of 1 January 2002 with traders, legal entities incorporated under public law or special funds incorporated under public law are subject to the following terms and conditions.

b) In the case of continuing obligations, the contracting party shall be informed about any amendments to the terms and conditions in writing, specifying the amended terms and conditions and shall apply as agreed, if the contracting party proceeds with the continuing obligations, without objecting to this within an adequate time limit.

c) The contract content is based on the written agreements. No further agreements have been made. Contractual changes or amendments shall only be valid if they have been approved by us in writing.

d)General terms and conditions of the contracting party, which deviate from ours or are unfavourable for us, shall also not be considered as contractual content if we fail object to these terms and conditions separately. These GTC shall also apply to future transactions with the customer.

2. Offers

a) Our offers are subject to confirmation. The customer's offers shall be deemed as accepted if we have provided written confirmation or have performed the delivery or service.

b) Cost estimates are non-binding, unless specified otherwise in the order confirmation.

c) Our offers shall not contain any guarantees or the assumption of procurement risks, unless it is expressly specified otherwise.

d) We shall be authorised to grant sub-contracts.

e) Quality of the goods or services

Our details regarding characteristics that are contained in our public statements, such as catalogues, brochures, circulars, advertisements, illustrations, advertising and price lists shall only comprise the quality, insofar as they have become an integral part of the contract. Public statements by a third-party manufacturer or its vicarious agent shall only comprise the quality of the goods, if they are agreed in the contract or we have adopted them expressly and in writing in public statements.

Statements with respect to the quality or durability of a product or service in our contractual declarations, public or non-public statements of a third-party manufacturer or its vicarious agent shall not contain a warranty (assurance) as defined by Section 276 (1) of the German Civil Code (BGB) and no quality or durability warranty as defined by Section 443 of the German Civil Code (BGB) , if we have not expressly adopted such a warranty in writing.

Until the time of delivery, we shall reserve to carry out technical changes that are customary in the trade, particularly improvements, provided that these only cause negligible changes to the quality and the customer is not impaired to an unreasonable extent.

3. Purpose of the goods

Our goods are exclusively intended for use by traders. If the contracting party intends to deliver the goods acquired from use to a consumer or a trader, who, in turn, supplies consumers with such goods, he must inform us of this prior to conclusion of the contract.

4. Prices

a) The prices stated in the order confirmation apply, otherwise, our valid list prices on conclusion of the contract.

b) Unless stated otherwise in the order confirmation, our prices apply in EUR ex place of consignment plus shipping, insurance and packaging costs, as well as the applicable value-added tax at the time of delivery.

c) On arrangement of a delivery period of more than six weeks or with continuing obligations lasting longer than 6 weeks, we shall be authorised to pass on cost increases that have occurred in the meantime for procurement or delivery or personnel (wages and ancillary wage costs) to the contracting party by increasing the relevant prices affected to the necessary extent for compensating these changes.

5. Payment

a) Our claims, particularly our remuneration claims against the contracting party are due immediately, unless agreed otherwise. If a payment deadline has not been agreed upon, the occurrence of default shall be based on the statutory provisions.

b) Payments for workpiece-related models and manufacturing facilities (Clause 8) are always payable in advance without discount.

c) If remuneration is agreed in the case of continual obligations according to payment intervals, the remuneration is then payable at the beginning of each payment interval. In the event of periods of time exceeding 6 months the, contracting party shall be obliged to pay in advance in accordance with the proportional remuneration for the following 6 months respectively.

d) In the case of transfers, whether or not a payment is deemed as being on time depends on the time at which the funds are available to us. The acceptance of cheques and bills of exchange shall only be deemed as payment of the amount after redemption and deducting all expenses. We are not obliged to present bills of exchange and checks punctually.

e) If the contract is a work contract, in which we are the contractor and the customer gives us notice in accordance with § 649 of the German Civil Code (BGB) before we have started to perform services, we are entitled to compensation in a lump sum to the amount of 5 % of the agreed total remuneration. We are entitled to claim a higher, more appropriate compensation.

6. Offset and retention rights, assignment, part performance

a) The contracting party is only authorised to offset with undisputed or legally established claims. The contracting party shall only be entitled to exercise rights of retention including the law under Section 369 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) with undisputed demands or demands that have been recognised by declaratory judgement from the same legal relationship.

b) The assignment of claims against us is excluded. Section 354 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) shall remain unaffected by this clause.

c) Part deliveries and part services and relevant invoices are admissible if they are not unreasonable for the contracting party.

7. Endangerment of a claim

a) If it becomes identifiable following the conclusion of the contract that our claim to counter-performance is jeopardised by the absence of the contracting party's ability to perform, the contracting party shall be obliged to render advance performance, if our contractual obligations consist of work performance, service or delivery of goods to be procured for the contracting party, which are not always able to be marketed otherwise (saleable).

b) Furthermore, Section 321 of the German Civil Code [BGB] shall apply, provided that we also can refuse our performance in the event of the endangerment of our claims from the same legal relationship as defined by Section 273 of the German Civil Code.

c) If payment by instalments is agreed, all outstanding debt claims shall immediately fall due if the contracting party finds himself completely or partly in arrears with at least two consecutive instalments.

d) Prolongation of payment agreements shall become invalid if the contracting party defaults on a payment or if the preconditions of Section 321 of the German Civil Code (BGB) arise in respect of the claim.

8. Workpiece-related models, manufacturing facilities

a) If in accordance with the contract, models, drawings, computer programmes, files or manufacturing facilities (facilities) are to be made available by the contracting party, these will be delivered to us free of charge. The contracting party is obliged, on our request, to collect these again. If he does not comply with this request within 3 months, we are authorised to deliver these to him at the expense of the contracting party. The contracting party will bear the costs for maintenance and repair, amendments and replacement. We shall only be obliged to take out insurance upon the request of the contracting party and in return for a full advance on costs.

b) The contracting party will be responsible for the engineering design, correspondence to the drawings or samples and the suitability of the facilities.  We are not obliged to inspect the facilities.

c) If facilities are produced or furnished by us by order of the contracting party, we shall be entitled to charge agreed or adequate compensation.  Facilities that we have delivered shall remain our property. The contracting party shall also not be entitled to a right to recover possessions if he has paid compensation. We reserve the right to dispose of the facilities or otherwise use them, if at least 3 years have passed since the contracting party's last order. Unless otherwise agreed that the contracting party shall be the owner of the facilities, ownership shall pass to him after complete payment of compensation has been made. We are obliged to safeguard the facility; paragraph 1, sub-paragraphs 2 - 5 shall apply. The custody agreement can be terminated and possession requested to be recovered by the contracting party no earlier than 2 years after the transfer of ownership.

d) It is the contracting party’s responsibility to ensure that the service performed by us is not objectionable under public law or civil law, as far as he is involved in their arrangement, particularly providing materials, drawings or other information. The same applies to the possible violation of industrial property rights, in particular patent, utility model, trademark, copyright and design patent rights. Within the scope of his responsibilities, the contracting party is obliged to release us from all third party claims and costs of prosecution or legal defence, which result from the possible violation of rights.

e) We shall retain the title to the goods and copyrights to all the documents handed over to the customer in particular, illustrations, diagrams and calculations; they shall not be used for other purposes than those laid down in the contract nor made accessible to third parties and must thus be returned to us immediately free of charge, when the contractual purpose of use has been fulfilled or upon the termination of the contract. This shall particularly apply to such documents and other information, which are described as "confidential". We shall be entitled to demand the return of the documents at any time if the maintenance of secrecy has not been ensured.

9. Delivery, delivery periods, acceptance default

a) Delivery periods and deadlines are in accordance with our order confirmation. If after the conclusion of the contract, amendments to the content or size of delivery are agreed, the delivery period shall be set again for the entire delivery.

b) The delivery deadline or period has been observed if the goods were dispatched on schedule or the contracting party has been informed that goods are ready for shipment.

c) An appropriate extension of delivery periods and deadlines occurs if we are unable to deliver due to measures for which we are not responsible, within the scope of industrial disputes, particularly strike and lockout, violence, war or natural disasters, missing or insufficient delivery to us, as well as the occurrence of other unforeseen circumstances. If these circumstances result in more than a temporary delay in the service, we are entitled to withdraw from the contract.  If the delay lasts longer than 2 months, the contractor shall be entitled to withdraw from contract with respect to the part of the contract that is not yet fulfilled, if he is not entitled to withdraw from the entire contract under the provisions of these terms and conditions.

d) If the contracting party does not take delivery of the goods in due time, we shall be entitled, subject to all the further laws, to set an appropriate subsequent deadline, after the expiry of which we shall be entitled to otherwise dispose of the item and to supply the contracting party with an appropriately extended subsequent deadline. We can claim a lump sum fee of 10% of the agreed price not including value-added tax as damages, if the contracting party fails to prove that no loss or only a significantly lower loss has been incurred. We reserve the right to assert a higher actual loss.

e) Call-off orders shall be accepted within 2 months, unless agreed otherwise.

f) We are only obliged to insure the goods upon the express written request of the contracting party in its offer, specifying the type of insurance and the insurance sum and in return for the advance payment of the insurance costs.

10. Transfer of risk

a) The risk transfers to the contracting party at no later than the time of dispatch of the goods, even if we have taken responsibility for further services, such as transport, or bear the transport costs.

b) If dispatch is delayed due to reasons for which the contracting party is responsible, the risk then transfers to the contracting party when the goods are ready for dispatch. We are, however, obliged to produce the insurance at the contracting party’s expense, which the contracting party requests, provided that the contracting partner reimburses the costs in advance.

11. Reservation of titel

a) The title to the goods delivered shall only be transferred to the contracting party upon the complete payment of all our existing claims and those claims that arise following the conclusion of the contract from the business relationship.

b) The following regulations apply until the reservation of title expires:

The contracting party is obliged to carefully handle and insure the delivered goods. He is entitled to resell these within the context of his ordinary business operation as long as he is not in default. The contracting party is also entitled to work and process the goods on our behalf as the manufacturer but without us incurring and resulting obligations. If our (joint) ownership expires due to union, the (joint) ownership of the contracting party to the single item shall be transferred to us in accordance with the value of the goods, which the contracting party shall retain in safekeeping on our behalf, at no charge to us.

The contracting party will assign to us, by way of collateral security, the claims made to him resulting from the resale or due to other legal reasons. We will accept this assignment.  The reselling of delivered goods is excluded if the claims resulting from the resale or other legal reasons are not transferable.

The contracting party is authorised to collect claims resulting from the resale or other legal reasons as long as he fulfils his obligations towards us and the conditions in article 7 (claim risk) of these general terms and conditions or under Section 321 of the German Civil Code (BGB) do not occur. The contracting party is obliged to pay over the sums collected to us, if the secured claims are due for payment.

The contracting party is obliged, at our request, to disclose the assignment and to recover the documents and information necessary for the assertion of the claim to us. In the case of third party access to the conditional goods or claims assigned in advance the contracting party is obliged to refer to our property and to inform us immediately by handing over the documents necessary for intervention.

In the case of behaviour on the part of the contracting party in violation of the contract, particularly payment default or breach of the duties imposed on the contracting party by this clause, specifically, his duties of care in respect of the goods and the duty to pay the collected amounts, we are justified in requesting the surrendering of the delivered goods or assignment of the contracting party’s existing rights to recover possession vis-à-vis the third-party. The assertion of the reservation of title or the pledging of the delivered goods shall not constitute withdrawal from the contract.

If the assessed value of the assigned claims by way of collateral security, according to the attainable revenue, exceeds the amount of the secured claims by more than 20 %, we shall be obligated to reassign these at the request of the contracting party.

12. Claims for damages, reimbursement of futile expenses

a) Restriction of liability based on its merits

The contracting party shall only be entitled to claims for damages for the reimbursement of futile expenses due to violations of obligations or if the due performance is not rendered or not rendered as due by us, due to default or in the event of defects for:

aa) claims resulting from the injury to life, limb or health, which are particularly due to our at least negligent violation of a duty or an intentional or negligent violation of a duty of one of our statutory representatives or vicarious agents,

bb) other claims, which are based on an at least grossly negligent violation of an obligation on our part or on an at least grossly negligent violation of an obligation of one of our statutory representatives, executives or vicarious agents or the at least negligent violation of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) on our part or an at least negligent violation of an obligation of one of our statutory representatives, executives or vicarious agents and

cc) claims, which fall within the scope of protection of an assurance issued by us (guarantee, Section 276 (1) of the German Civil Code (BGB)) or a quality or durability guarantee (Section 443 of the German Civil Code (BGB)).

b) Restriction of liability based on the amount

If our liability for simple negligence and our liability for the grossly negligent behaviour of our vicarious agents, who are not statutory representatives or executives, is not excluded in accordance with letter a), then we are only liable for the claims that can be typically anticipated upon the conclusion of the contract and only up to the amount of the interest in the performance of the contract for the compensation of futile expenses.

c) Liability from pre-contractual obligations

The foregoing paragraphs also apply to claims for damages of the contracting party from obligations, which arise due to the initiation of contractual negotiations, the preparation of a contract or similar business contacts. If a contract is concluded between ourselves and the contracting party, the claims for damages of the contracting party are deemed as waived, which were not justified in accordance with the aforementioned regulations in the case of the existing contract.

d) Claims from transferred rights

The aforementioned regulations shall also apply for claims, which the contractual partner asserts from transferred rights.  The contracting party can only invoke foreign law if the claim is also justified when applying the aforementioned regulations and these general terms and conditions of the contract.

13. Claims of the contracting party in the event of defects

a) Obligation to investigate and give notice of a defect in the event of material faults

Within the scope of non-remunerated sales, work, work performance, service or business management contracts, the contracting party must immediately examine the delivered goods or services after delivery and if material defects are noticed, must report this to us immediately. If the contracting party refrains from reporting the defect(s), the goods or services are deemed as approved, unless the defect was not recognised at the examination. If such a defect should later appear, it must be reported immediately after the discovery; in all other cases, the goods or services are deemed as approved in view of the material defect. The sending of the notification on time is sufficient to maintain the rights of the contracting party. If we have fraudulently concealed the defect, we cannot enforce this paragraph.

b) Material defects on used items

The rights of the contracting party due to material defects are excluded when it purchases used items. This does not apply to claims for damages and claims resulting from an assurance issued by us (guarantee, Section 276 paragraph 1 of the German Civil Code (BGB)) or a quality or durability guarantee (Section 443 of the German Civil Code (BGB)).

c) Supplemental performance

We shall be entitled to rectify the defect at our option, by means of subsequent improvement or the delivery of a faultless item (supplemental performance). If the supplemental performance fails, the contracting party can request the reduction of the purchase price or make amendments to the contract or withdraw from the contract, at his option, provided that a building service is not the object of the liability for defects. The contracting party’s right to damages shall remain unaffected by this clause.

d) Expiration of claims due to defects

The statutory limitation period applies:

aa) for claims for damages due to defects,

bb) for recourse claims in the event of withdrawal or reduction of the purchase price in the event of consumer goods purchase agreements (Section 478 of the German Civil Code (BGB)),

cc) for claims due to a tortious act and

dd) in the cases of Section 438 paragraph 1 item no. 2 and 634a paragraph 1 item no 2 of the Civil Code (BGB).

All remaining claims of the contracting party due to material defects of newly manufactured items or work performance, particularly to supplemental performance, withdrawal, reduction and compensation of futile expenditure, shall expire within one year.

The same shall apply to claims due to defects of title with the following exception: Claims due to a defect that consist of a real right of a third party, on the basis of which the return of the purchased item can be demanded, or of another right, which is entered in the land register, expire within 5 years.

14. Place of performance

For contracts with traders, the place of performance for both parties is our company’s head office

15. Protection of business secrecy

a) All documents, data and information made available to us by the contracting party are not confidential, where the contracting party has not indicated that these are confidential. If we use a third party to perform a delivery or service, we can pass on the customer data in any event, if necessary for the attainment of the contractual objective.

b) Documents, data and information made available to the customer by us are to be kept secret, particularly information, which makes the use of our services possible or easier. Drawings and documents shown to the contracting party remain our property and are to be released on request.  At our request, the persons who have access to this information are to be mutually agreed upon.

16. Applicable law, contract language, place of jurisdiction, partial nullity, limitation

a) These general terms and conditions and all legal relationships between the parties are governed by German substantive law. The validity of the United Nations Convention concerning contracts for the international sale of goods is excluded.

b) The language of the contract is German.

c) If the contracting party is a trader, a legal entity incorporated under public law or a special fund incorporated under public law, the exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes resulting from the contractual relationship is our company’s head office. However, we are entitled to take the contracting party to court at another legal place of jurisdiction.

It is agreed that regarding all other contracting parties, the place of jurisdiction will be our head office for all disputes resulting from the contractual relationship in the case where the party filing for legal action after the conclusion of the contract, no longer has Germany as his place of residence or if his usual place of abode is not known at the time of the commencement of the proceedings.

d) A suspension of the statute of limitations of claims of the contracting party in the case of negotiations only occurs if we have consented to negotiations in writing. The suspension ends 3 months following our last written statement.

e) The invalidity of provisions in these contractual terms and conditions or another stipulation arranged between the parties shall have no influence on the validity of the remaining provisions of these general terms and conditions of delivery and service. In the case of other stipulations arranged between the parties, they are obliged to replace the invalid provisions with valid provisions which most closely correspond to the sense of the invalid provisions.

 

Terms and Conditions of Purchasing

1. Validity of the terms and conditions

All orders for the provision of goods and services that we place with effect from January 1, 2002 with legal entities incorporated under public law or with trusts incorporated under public law (hereinafter referred to as suppliers), shall be subject to the following conditions in the version that is current at the time of contractual conclusion. In the case of continuing obligations, the supplier shall be informed about any amendments to the terms and conditions in writing, specifying the amended terms and conditions and shall apply as agreed, if the contracting party proceeds with the continuing obligations, without objecting to this within an adequate time limit.

The contract content is based on the written agreements. No further agreements have been made. Contractual changes or amendments shall only be valid if they have been approved by us in writing. Our procurement department has the sole authority for purchasing Suppliers' supplementary conditions or business terms and conditions of business that are in variance or disadvantageous to us shall not be the subject of the contract even if they are not specifically rejected. These GTC shall also apply to future transactions with the supplier.

2. Offer

Offers are deemed to be accepted upon confirmation by us in the form of an order in writing.  Should we place an order, we shall not be bound by it if 14 days elapse without receipt of acceptance.

Our order number and article number is to be stated in all correspondence.

3. Prices

Prices are stated in EURO, inclusive of shipping and packaging costs. Should transport costs be borne by us on the basis of an express agreement, the supplier is obliged to make use of the most favourable shipping method. Should insurance be required, the supplier shall take out the most favourable policy.

4. Delivery

Delivery period and delivery deadline shall be in accordance with the order and are binding.

The delivery deadline or delivery period are deemed to have been met upon arrival of the goods at the place of performance. Delays in delivery are to be notified to us in writing with immediate effect.

Each delivery must be accompanied by the customary delivery note stating exact details.

The supplier shall only be permitted to entrust the provision of his service to third parties other than his own employees subject to our express written consent concerning the deployment of such sub-contractor for a specified service.

5. Payments

We shall be authorised to transfer funds to any bank account of the supplier.    The bank transfer date shall be the effective payment date in respect of payment punctuality.

Amounts invoiced shall be due at the earliest 30 days following invoice receipt.   Should the service only be performed in its entirety at a later date, the amount invoiced shall be due no earlier than 30 days following the completion of the service.  In the case of payment within two weeks after the due date, we shall be entitled to 3% cash discount.

Any statutory default interest owed to the supplier shall amount to a maximum of 5% points above base rate.  Higher interest rates for other legal reasons and the enforcement of further damages shall not be excluded.

6. Endangerment of claim

In the event of our claims being endangered we shall be entitled to exercise our legal right of non-performance regarding all services connected within the same legal relationship in accordance with § 273 German Civil Code (BGB).

7. Transfer of risk

The transfer of risk shall pass to us upon delivery of the goods at the specified destination.

8. Workpiece-related models, manufacturing facilities

Should drawings, models, computer programs, files or manufacturing facilities in connection with the contract need to be provided such as tools (hereinafter referred to as facilities) these shall be collected by the supplier at no charge to us from a reasonable location specified by us. The supplier is obliged to return these upon our request at no charge, to a reasonable location specified by us. The costs of maintenance, repair and alterations shall be borne by the supplier.

Following receipt, the supplier shall inspect the engineering design, the concordance with drawings or patterns and the suitability for the purpose of the contract    He shall advise us of any defects, variations or unsuitability with immediate effect.

Payment for any facilities manufactured or provided by the supplier at our request within the scope of our contract shall only be made subject to our express agreement. Should the supplier invoice us with the cost of facilities manufactured or provided by the supplier at our request within the scope of our contract, title to such property shall revert to us upon payment in full.

The supplier shall be responsible for careful safekeeping at no charge to us. The supplier is required to take out third-party insurance and insurance against fire and theft at his expense at an adequate level of cover, which is to be agreed with us. The supplier is obliged to provide us with details concerning the insurance contract and its content and to provide us with a copy of the insurance contract. In the event of any claim, the supplier shall be required, at our request, to assign to us claims upon the insurance company as conditional payment.

Upon request, the facilities are to be delivered at no charge to a location reasonably specified by us.

The right of acquisition shall be granted to us at a reasonable price in the case of all other facilities that are exclusively used for delivery or the provision of services. Upon exercising such rights, the aforementioned terms and conditions shall apply.

Facilities produced or purchased by us or for us may only be used with our consent and only for the purpose of contracts concluded with us. Facilities that are not to be returned to us shall be stored upon termination of the business relationship for a period of 5 years or destroyed by the supplier at our request and at his expense.

9. Limitation of action

A suspension of the statute of limitations of claims of the supplier in the case of negotiations (§ 203 German Civil Code (BGB)) only occurs if we have consented to negotiations in writing. The suspension of our claims ends no earlier than 3 months following our last written statement.

10. Damages

a) Restriction of liability based on its merits

The supplier shall only be entitled to claims for damages or for reimbursement of futile expenses due to violations of duty or if the performance owed is not rendered by us or not rendered as due by us, due to default or in the event of defects for

• claims resulting from injury to life, limb or health, which are particularly due to our at least negligent violation of a duty or an intentional or negligent violation of a duty of one of our statutory representatives or vicarious agents,

• other claims, which are based on an at least grossly negligent violation of an obligation on our part or on an at least grossly negligent violation of an obligation of one of our statutory representatives, executives or vicarious agents or the at least negligent violation of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) on our part or an at least negligent violation of an obligation of one of our statutory representatives, executives or vicarious agents and

• claims, which fall within the scope of protection of a guarantee issued by us, Section 276 (1) of the German Civil Code (BGB).

b) Restriction of liability based on the amount

Inasmuch as our liability for simple violation and grossly negligent violation and our liability for the grossly negligent actions of vicarious agents that are not our legal representatives or members of our management is not excluded in accordance with a), our liability shall be limited to the damages typically caused upon contractual conclusion and to the replacement of expenditure to the extent of the claim to indemnity for breach at an amount equal to the full performance of the contract.

c) Liability from pre-contractual obligations

The aforementioned paragraphs also apply to claims for damages of the contracting party from obligations, which arise due to the initiation of contractual negotiations, the preparation of a contract or similar business contacts. If a contract is concluded between ourselves and the supplier, the claims for damages of the supplier are deemed as waived, which were not justified in accordance with the aforementioned regulations in the case of the existing contract.

11. Defects in delivery or service

In variation to § 377 German Commercial Code (HGB) (Obligation for inspection and complaint): We retain the right to claim for faulty goods should we have disposed of them in part or in full in the course of normal business or used or changed them prior to discovery or recognition of the defect.

Our claims for defects of title shall be limited at the least to the regular period of limitation.  Should the law prescribe a longer period of limitation, this shall apply exclusively.

The supplier shall release us from all claims by third parties that arise from material defects or deficiencies in title of the delivery or service. This shall particularly apply to manufacturers' liability and the violation of industrial property rights. The supplier is aware of the fact that we export our goods worldwide, particularly to Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Canada and the USA. Deliveries or services made in reference to end products, raw materials or part products must therefore comply with domestic and international law and may not infringe any domestic or international industrial property rights.

12. Offset and retention rights

The supplier shall only be entitled to set off undisputed or legally recognised claims. The supplier shall only be entitled to exercise rights of retention including the right in accordance with § 369 HGB in the event of non-disputed or legally upheld claims that arise from the same business relationship.

13. Assignment

The assignment of claims against us is excluded. Should the legal transaction from which payment claims of the supplier arise be a commercial transaction by both parties, § 354 a of the German Commercial Code (HGB) shall apply.

14. Place of performance

If the supplier is a trader, a legal entity incorporated under public law or a special fund incorporated under public law the place of fulfilment for both parties shall be our registered office or the delivery destination stated in our order.

15. Confidentiality

Both parties undertake to treat as confidential all such business or trade secrets of the other party that become known to them in the course of contractual execution which shall also apply after termination of the contract. We shall be entitled to demand that the supplier also contractually obliges all employees and vicarious agents in a similar manner and grants us access to such agreements, where necessary.

16. Social responsibility and environmental protection

The supplier undertakes to comply with the respective legal provisions regarding dealing with employees, environmental protection and work safety and to work on reducing detrimental impact on people and the environment with his activities.  For this, the supplier will establish and further develop a management system in accordance with ISO 14001 within his means.

Furthermore, the supplier shall observe the principles of the UN's Global Compact Initiative. These essentially relate to the protection of international human rights, the right to collective bargaining negotiations, the abolition of forced labour and child labour, the elimination of discrimination in hiring and employment, responsibility for the environment and the prevention of corruption.

Further information on the UN's Global Compact Initiative is available at www.unglobalcompact.org .

17. Applicable law, contract language, place of jurisdiction, partial nullity

All legal relationships between the parties are governed by German law. The validity of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is excluded.

The language of the contract is German.

If the supplier is a trader, a legal entity incorporated under public law or a special fund incorporated under public law, the exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes resulting from the contractual relationship is our company’s head office. However, we are entitled to take the contracting party to court at another legal place of jurisdiction. It is agreed that regarding all other contracting parties, the place of jurisdiction will be Esslingen for all disputes resulting from the contractual relationship in the case where the party filing for legal action after the conclusion of the contract, no longer has Germany as his place of residence or if his usual place of abode is not known at the time of the commencement of the proceedings.

The invalidity of provisions in these contractual terms and conditions or another stipulation arranged between the parties shall have no influence on the validity of the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions of purchasing. In the case of other stipulations arranged between the parties, they are obliged to replace the invalid provisions with valid provisions which most closely correspond to the sense of the invalid provisions.