- Scope of Application
1.1 The Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery of Solidteq GmbH (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller") shall apply exclusively. Opposing terms of the Buyer or terms that deviate from these Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall not apply unless the Seller has expressly agreed to the validity of deviating terms in writing. These Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall also apply if the Seller effects delivery to the Buyer without reservation in full knowledge of opposing terms of the Buyer or terms that deviate from its own Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery.
1.2 The Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall also apply to future business transactions with the Buyer. By placing an order and at the latest upon acceptance of the goods, the Buyer accepts these Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery.
1.3 These Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall only apply in B2B-relations.
1.4 Separate agreements between the parties deviating from or supplementing these Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall take precedence.
- Offer and Order Confirmation
2.1 Offers by the Seller shall in all cases be non-binding. An order from the Buyer that legally qualifies as an offer shall only be accepted once this has been confirmed in writing by the Seller within four weeks. The contract shall come into effect at the latest once the production process for the ordered goods has been initiated by the Seller.
2.2 Modifications and other agreements shall only be binding once they have been confirmed by the Seller in writing.
2.3 The documents, drawings, details relating to weight and dimensions, production tolerances, samples etc. contained in the offers are only approximate specifications and shall not constitute guaranteed qualities if not expressly agreed otherwise. The Seller shall be entitled to deviate from the descriptions in the offer to the extent that these deviations are not of a fundamental or significant nature and the purpose according to the contract is not substantially restricted.
2.4 Production of goods takes place exclusively according to 3D-models, drawings, specifications, data and other details created by the Buyer (“Buyer Information”) and approved by the Seller. Deviations from approved Buyer Information must be separately agreed and any additional costs in this regard shall be reimbursed to the Seller.
- Industrial Property Rights
3.1 The Seller shall reserve industrial property rights and copyright to its own illustrations, drawings, calculations, and other production documents; these items may neither be used for purposes other than those stipulated by the Seller, nor made accessible to third parties without the prior written consent of the Seller.
3.2 The Seller shall not be responsible for any Buyer Information as provided by the Buyer. Where proposals, production processes and deliveries are effected according to Buyer Information and where third-party property rights are breached as a result of this, the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller against any claims internally on first demand and shall be liable to the Seller for all damages.
- Recommendations and Information
Recommendations and information provided by the Seller shall be non-binding insofar as they do not refer in writing to the specific production process for the goods itself. Notwithstanding the provision in Clause 11.8, claims for compensation, irrespective of the legal grounds, shall be excluded unless they are based on willful or grossly negligent action on the part of the Seller. To the extent recommendations and information provided by the Seller refer to the specific production process for the goods itself, such recommendations and information must not be disclosed to any third party and shall be returned to the Seller at any time upon Seller’s request.
5.1 All prices are net prices and shall be quoted EXW Neuss (Incoterms 2010) excluding packaging. Statutory VAT shall be added at the current applicable rate.
5.2 Any additional costs incurred as a result of modification requests of the Buyer will be reimbursed by Buyer to the Seller against invoice.
5.3 Where events occur after conclusion of the contract that result in increased costs for the Seller in terms of primary purchasing costs, production, and/or shipment of the goods, the Seller shall be entitled to increase its prices accordingly.
- Conditions of Payment
6.1 Invoices shall be due for payment within 14 days of the invoice date without any deductions. Discounts shall only apply where expressly agreed in writing.
6.2 The Seller shall be entitled to offset a payment against the oldest, not specifically titled debt, even where the Buyer has earmarked the payment for a different purpose. Where costs or interest have already been incurred, the Seller shall be entitled to offset payments, in the first instance, against the costs, then against the interest, and finally against the principal debt.
6.3 The Buyer shall only have the right to offset insofar as its counterclaims are legally binding, are uncontested, or have been acknowledged in writing by the Seller. The right of retention on the part of the Buyer shall be limited to claims arising from the contractual relationship.
6.4 The Seller shall be entitled to charge default interest in the amount of 8 % above the base rate pursuant to § 347 BGB (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch – German Civil Code). The right to prove a higher default damage shall be expressly reserved.
- Delivery / Lead Time / Delay
7.1 Delivery periods and delivery dates shall only be deemed to have been agreed with binding effect where these are expressly confirmed in writing by the Seller. The Seller shall not be bound to the delivery date or delivery period where the Buyer does not meet its obligations in due time (to make anticipated payments, to provide required Buyer Information, material provisions for production, etc.). The plea for non-fulfillment of the contract shall remain reserved.
7.2 Delivery periods begin at the earliest on the day of written conclusion of the contract and once all technical issues have been clarified.
7.3 In the event of change requests from the Buyer, the Seller shall be exempt from compliance with the delivery date or delivery period. In such cases, the parties shall agree a new delivery date or a new delivery period.
7.4 Unless otherwise agreed, the delivery date or delivery period shall be deemed to have been adhered to when the Seller has made the goods available on the delivery date or within the delivery period at the location agreed.
7.5 In the event of delayed delivery for reason solely attributable to Seller, to the exclusion of gross negligence or willful misconduct, the Seller shall pay to the Buyer liquidated damages for delay in the amount of 0.5% of the order value per completed week of delay not exceeding a total maximum amount of 5.0% of the order value. The Seller shall be entitled to provide evidence that Buyer suffered no damages or significantly lower damages as a result of such delay. Any further claims of Buyer for delay are expressly excluded. In particular, this shall apply to delivery delays caused by force majeure, labor disputes, unrest, official measures, failure to deliver material provision for production or other supplies, infection by computer virus or other attacks on the IT system of the Seller and any other unforeseen, unavoidable, and serious events. In such cases, the delivery date or delivery period agreed shall be extended according to the duration of the delivery impediment.
7.6 Where the Buyer delays acceptance or violates any other obligation to cooperate, the Seller shall be entitled to demand compensation for damages suffered in this respect, including any additional costs. Furthermore, the Seller shall have the right to set an appropriate acceptance period for the Buyer and to withdraw from the contract where this period has expired to no avail, and to demand compensation for damages instead of the performance.
7.7 Partial deliveries shall be permitted to a reasonable extent. In this regard, claims made by the Buyer due to partial delivery or delayed delivery of the remaining goods shall be excluded.
- Retention of Title
8.1 The Seller shall reserve title of all goods delivered until all payments pertaining to the delivery, including any dues as shall arise in the future, have been effected in full. In the event of conduct contrary to contract, in particular as regards payment default, the Seller shall be entitled to claim back the goods.
8.2 The Buyer shall be obliged to handle the delivered goods with care and to insure them at original value against any kind of loss at its own expense during the period of retention of title. The Seller shall remain entitled to insure the goods itself at the expense of the Buyer.
8.3 In case of pledge or other third-party intervention, the Buyer shall immediately notify the Seller in writing so that the latter can initiate a third-party action or other legal remedies. Where the third party fails to reimburse the legal and extrajudicial costs arising from this, the Buyer shall be liable for such costs.
8.4 The Buyer shall be entitled to sell on the goods in the ordinary course of business; it hereby, however, assigns to the Seller all receivables arising from the resale to its customers or third parties to the value of the final invoice amount (including statutory VAT) of the receivables, irrespective of whether the goods were sold without or following further processing. The Buyer shall remain entitled to collect these receivables even after delivery. The Buyer's right to collect the receivables itself shall remain unaffected by this. The Seller shall, however, undertake not to collect the amount receivable as long as the Buyer fulfills its payment obligations arising from proceeds collected, does not default on payments and, in particular, no application for the initiation of insolvency proceedings has been filed or payments suspended.
8.5 Where the goods delivered are inseparably mixed or combined with other items not belonging to the Seller, the Seller shall acquire joint ownership of the new or combined product in proportion to the value of the goods delivered (final invoice amount, including statutory VAT) in relation to the value of the other items at the time of combination or mixing. The Buyer shall safeguard the resulting sole ownership or joint ownership on behalf of the Seller.
8.6 Where the value of the securities granted exceeds the claims of the Seller by more than a total of 20 %, the Seller shall be obliged to release the excess securities upon request of the Buyer, at the Seller's option.
8.7 Insofar as and to the extent that registration and/or fulfillment of other requirements are prerequisite for the effectiveness of retention of title, the Buyer shall be obliged to perform at its own cost all actions required in this regard without delay and to provide all necessary notifications. If and to the extent as an agreement on the retention of title is not permitted under the relevant legal system, the Buyer shall provide the Seller with alternative appropriate securities on taking advantage of credit on goods.
- Shipment, Transfer of Risk
9.1 In case shipment has been agreed, the same shall be carried out at the risk of the Buyer. The risk shall pass to the Buyer at the latest on dispatch of the goods, even if additional services are performed by the Seller.
9.2 Where shipment is delayed due to circumstances beyond the Seller's control, the risk shall pass to the Buyer from the day of notification of readiness for shipment. The Buyer shall always be obliged to insure the shipment against breakage, damage in transit, as well as fire and water damage at its own cost and expense.
9.3 In accordance with the Packaging Regulations (Verpackungsverordnung), transport packaging and any other packaging shall not be taken back, with the exception of pallets. The Buyer shall be obliged to dispose of the packaging at its own expense.
- Material Provisions
Insofar as the Buyer provides production materials (e.g. powder for production) to the Seller, these shall be sent to the Seller at no charge and in a timely manner. The Seller shall only assume liability within the limits of statutory provisions for loss, deterioration or incomplete return and damages resulting therefrom in case of gross negligence or intent. This shall not apply in cases of legally mandatory liability.
- Warranty / Liability
11.1 The Seller shall only be liable for damages caused by deficient production process in terms of negative deviation from binding production process specification. Seller’s liability shall be excluded for any other damages arising from Buyer Information as provided by the Buyer (e.g. erroneous 3D-model, deficient design, deficient specifications), unsuitability for a particular purpose or use, inappropriate or improper use, faulty or negligent handling, natural wear and tear, incorrect storage, or modification of the goods by the Buyer or third parties. Installation of the goods by the Buyer or a third party may only be carried out by trained and qualified personnel.
11.2 The Seller shall have the right to decide whether to remedy a defect or provide new goods.
11.3 Expenses required for purposes of cure shall not be borne by the Seller in the event of increased expenses as a result of subsequent relocation of the goods to a location other than that of the original place of delivery.
11.4 The Seller shall not be liabile for any expenses incurred by the Buyer or third parties in connection with disassembly of defective goods or installation of newly supplied or reworked goods.
11.5 Warranty claims shall expire one year after handover of the goods unless the warranty claims are based on grossly negligent or willful breach of obligation on the part of the Seller or one of its vicarious agents or on injury to life, limb, or health.
11.6 The Buyer shall also undertake to fulfill its obligation of examination pursuant to § 377 HGB (Handelsgesetzbuch – German Commercial Code) in the case of resale of the goods.
11.7 The Buyer's right of recourse against the Seller as a result of such claims based on liability for material defects made against the Buyer by its customers shall be excluded if the same has not fulfilled its obligation of examination and notification or if the goods have been modified by means of processing.
11.8 The Seller's liability for compensation according to statutory provisions shall apply without limitation if the same is responsible for breach of obligation based on intent or gross negligence. Insofar as a breach of obligation based on ordinary negligence is attributable to the Seller and an essential contractual obligation has been culpably violated, compensation for damages shall be limited to the amount of foreseeable damage that typically occurs in comparable cases. In all other cases, liability shall be excluded.
11.9 Liability according to the provisions of the Product Liability Law or similar, non-derogable rights of foreign jurisdiction shall remain unaffected. Liability resulting from injury to life, limb, and health shall also remain unaffected.
11.10 Insofar as liability arises according to the facts in Item 11.9, the liability of the Seller in case of foreign jurisdiction shall be limited in relation to the Buyer to the extent permissible according to the relevant foreign law.
11.11 Where the Seller's liability for compensation is excluded or limited, this shall also apply with regard to personal liability for compensation on the part of the Seller's employees, representatives, or vicarious agents.
- Non-assignment Clause / Subcontractors
12.1 All claims by the Buyer against the Seller shall be non-assignable.
12.2 The Seller shall always be entitled, without obtaining the consent of the Buyer, to involve any of its affiliated companies (according to §15 German Stock Corporation Act) as subcontractors for proposal preparation and contract execution.
- Product Liability / Notification Obligation
13.1 The Buyer shall only use the goods according to their purpose and shall ensure that these goods are only resold to persons familiar with the hazards and risks associated with the goods.
13.2 The Buyer shall also undertake to fulfill its obligation to issue warnings in respect to the goods delivered by the Seller where the former uses these goods as base material or components for its own products when placing the final product on the market. The Buyer shall indemnify the Seller internally against assertion of claims arising from breach of this obligation upon first request.
The Buyer shall treat as trade and company secret all business and technical information received from the Seller to the extent that this information is not public knowledge. Information of this nature may only be forwarded for the purposes of the contract to third parties who are bound by an appropriate non-disclosure agreement.
15.1 The place of performance shall be the location of the plant of the Seller in Neuss.
15.2 The place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising from the contract shall be Neuss. The Seller shall, however, be entitled to file suit against the Buyer at its general place of jurisdiction as well.
15.3 Contracts based on these Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery shall be solely subject to German law excluding its conflict-of-laws provisions and the UN Convention for the International Sales of Goods (CISG).
15.4 The parties shall be obliged to comply with all statutory provisions within the framework of the contractual relationship (compliance with laws).
15.5 Should one or several of the above provisions be ineffective in whole or in part, the validity of the remaining provisionsshall remain unaffected by this. The invalid provision shall in that case be replaced by a legally valid provision that most closely approximates the meaning and purpose of these Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery.