(hereinafter called „BLINK“)
1. Commencement and scope
1.1 With effect from May 1, 2022, all purchases and legal agreements concluded by BLINK with its suppliers shall be subject exclusively to these General Terms and Conditions of Purchase (hereinafter called “the GTP”), insofar as these are not amended by means of individual written agreements. Furthermore, these GTP shall replace the previously valid general terms and conditions of purchase of BLINK.
1.2 General terms and conditions of business of the supplier (hereinafter called “the Supplier”) which contradict these GTP shall be applicable only insofar as BLINK expressly approves these in writing.
1.3 BLINK reserves the right to amend these GTP at any time.
2. Offers made by the Supplier
2.1 Following an enquiry by BLINK, the Supplier shall be asked to submit an offer free of charge.
2.2 The offer submitted by the Supplier must comply with the specifications and descriptions of BLINK, and in the event of deviations must expressly draw attention thereto.
2.3 The offer submitted by the Supplier must detail all secondary costs for taxes, fees, duties, packaging, transportation, royalties etc. which are to be incurred by BLINK.
2.4 If the Supplier does not expressly stipulate another deadline in his offer, his offer shall be binding for 100 (one hundred) days from the date of receipt by BLINK.
3. Orders placed by BLINK
3.1 If the Supplier issues an order confirmation which deviates from the order, then BLINK shall not be bound by this order confirmation without express approval.
3.2 Orders, commissions and agreements as well as amendments or additions to the orders shall be binding for BLINK only if these have been place in writing or concluded in writing by its authorised in-house managing officers.
4. Prices and payment
4.1 The prices listed in the order by BLINK shall essentially constitute fixed prices (without VAT) and are carriage free Jena, Germany.
4.2 General price increases must be reported to BLINK in writing at least two months before these come into effect. In the case of current orders, no price increases shall be possible.
4.3 Payment shall be performed within 40 (forty) days following receipt of the product or services. In the event of ascertained defects, BLINK shall reserve the right to withhold the payment.
4.4 Payment does not mean the delivery or service has been recognized as being contractually compliant. In the event of a faulty or incomplete delivery or service, BLINK shall to a reasonable extent and irrespective of all other rights be entitled to withhold payments on claims arising out of the business relationship until these have been properly fulfilled.
4.5 Payments shall be performed, unless otherwise agreed, in Euro.
4.6 Existing claims against BLINK may not be assigned to third parties.
5. Quality, checks, notice of defects and repairs
5.1 The Supplier guarantees adherence to the specifications and quality and other characteristics of the components demanded by BLINK in its order.
5.2 The Supplier is obliged to adhere to the technical data demanded for his goods in accordance with the documents upon which this order is based, such as drawings, technical terms and conditions of delivery, specifications, descriptions or samples.
5.3 BLINK shall be entitled to audit the Supplier once per annum. BLINK shall moreover also have the right to conduct client audits and inspections by public authorities at the Supplier following prior notification, and if necessary to extend these to the relevant business premises of the Supplier.
5.4 Should BLINK ascertain that a change in quality has taken place without prior notification, then BLINK shall have the right to reject the goods. The Supplier shall be liable for the direct and indirect losses incurred by BLINK as the consequence of a change in quality which was not reported in good time.
5.5 Product changes must be reported to BLINK in good time and comprehensibly, and shall be deemed to constitute a contractual amendment request. BLINK may reject these within the framework of the existing legal agreement.
5.6 Product changes realised without prior notification shall be deemed to be in breach of contract, and shall entitle BLINK to take the corresponding measures (acceptance refusal, price reduction, compensation, etc.).
5.7 Insofar as these are known to the Supplier, production stops as well as the announced discontinuation of components by subcontractors (manufacturers) must be reported to BLINK in good time.
5.8 The Supplier shall be obliged support BLINK on a cost basis (by prior agreement) in conjunction with the rectification of quality problems, or shall be obliged to perform these himself respectively.
5.9 The duty of the ordering party to conduct checks and to issue defect notices immediately pursuant to § 377 HGB shall be contractually excluded. Defects in the delivered products (in quantitative and qualitative terms) must be reported as soon as these have been ascertained. The Supplier expressly waives the plea of overdue notice of defects or of approval. BLINK may issue defect notices throughout the entire warranty period.
5.10 If BLINK returns defective goods, then BLINK shall be entitled to reverse debit the invoice sum plus a flat-rate administrative charge of 5% of the price of the defective goods or at least EUR 100,00. BLINK reserves the right to demonstrate that overheads were higher.
6. Delivery conditions
6.1 The delivery must be performed on the agreed delivery deadline at the place of performance, although at the earliest 3 (three) working days before. The place of performance for all reciprocal obligations is the registered domicile of the company BLINK AG Jena, Germany.
6.2 Unless otherwise agreed on a case-to-case basis, deliveries shall be performed DDP (Incoterms 2020).
6.3 Excess deliveries or delivery shortfalls, partial deliveries or premature deliveries shall be subject to the prior approval of BLINK.
6.4 BLINK may at any time with immediate effect and irrespective of its further rights withdraw from the Agreement and refuse to accept the delivery if:
a) the delivery date confirmed by the Supplier is not adhered to;
b) the specifications defined by BLINK are not adhered to.
7. Packaging, delivery note, insurance, transfer of title
7.1 The Supplier shall bear responsibility for the proper packaging and must draw attention to any special circumstances pertaining to the removal thereof.
7.2 A delivery note must be enclosed with each consignment, and this must contain at least the BLINK order and article number(s).
7.3 Transportation must be performed in accordance with the instructions of BLINK.
7.4 Title, benefits and risk of the delivered products shall be transferred to BLINK after successful acceptance. In the event of deliveries involving installation or fitting, the risk shall be transferred only at the time of the successful acceptance by BLINK. If the products are returned to the Supplier for any possible reason, the risk and liability shall be transferred to the Supplier once the products are ready for transport.
7.5 Any extended or widened reservation of title is excluded.
7.6 Insofar as the respective applicable law does not stipulate otherwise on a mandatory basis, the Supplier shall in all cases be exclusively responsible for adhering to all export, import, transit and control regulations and formalities.
8. Safety and environmental protection
8.1 Delivered goods and rendered services must comply with the statutory provisions, in particular safety and environmental protection provisions.
8.2 In the case of deliveries and the rendering of services, the Supplier shall have sole responsibility for adhering to the accident-prevention regulations. Protective equipment as well as any possible instructions of the manufacturer which are required under such regulations must be included with the delivery free of charge.
9. Guarantee and warranty
9.1 The Supplier guarantees – in addition to the quality and characteristics – that the delivered product is free of material and production faults, is fully-operational, corresponds to all regulations in force at the place of destination and that the necessary certificates of conformity, approvals, permits etc. have been obtained.
9.2 The guarantee period shall last 24 (twenty four) months from the date of delivery in Jena. The same full guarantee period shall in each case apply to replacement deliveries, subsequent rectifications and spare parts.
9.3 If a product exhibits defects, then BLINK shall be entitled to choose from amongst the following rights: conversion, compensation for the reduced value, delivery of defect-free replacement products and subsequent rectification. In urgent cases or if the Supplier fails to perform the correction demanded by BLINK within the deadline imposed by BLINK, BLINK may procure a replacement for another source or may rectify the defect or may cause these to be rectified.
9.4 If BLINK has evidence that a similar defect affects all delivered products, then BLINK may arrange for these to be replaced, even if the guarantee period has already expired.
9.5 The costs resulting from the exercise of the rights shall be borne by the Supplier. Claims for compensation remain reserved in all cases.
10.1 If the products damage BLINK, its managing officers or employees, then the Supplier shall be obliged to provide comprehensive compensation.
10.2 In the event of a claim being brought against BLINK in conjunction with a product delivered by the Supplier, in particular on the grounds of a product liability law (incl. Switzerland, EU and USA), then BLINK may without further ado disclose the name of the Supplier to the claimant. In addition, BLINK shall be entitled to claim full compensation and recourse vis-à-vis the Supplier arising out of all expenses incurred in conjunction with any such claims. The Supplier shall procure satisfactory insurance cover.
11. Intellectual property
11.1 The Supplier guarantees that the products delivered by him and the utilisation thereof do not breach any third-party intellectual property rights. He shall be comprehensibly liable for all consequences – whether relating to BLINK or its customers – arising out of any such claimed or actual breach.
11.2 Instructions issued by BLINK in respect of the utilisation of BLINK company designations and trademarks as well as the affixation thereof to the products must be adhered to.
12. Means of production
12.1 All means of production (tools, drawings, models, etc.) which BLINK makes available to the Supplier at its own expense are the property of BLINK and must be designated correspondingly. These may be deployed only on behalf of BLINK. BLINK shall have the sole right of disposal over these items, and the Supplier must adhere to the instructions issued by BLINK.
12.2 To the extent that the means of production which have been wholly or partially paid for by BLINK are in the possession of the Supplier, the Supplier shall be liable for the risk of their loss, destruction and damage. If the Supplier breaches his obligations, then BLINK shall be entitled to dissolve all legal agreements with the Supplier with immediate effect. In addition, BLINK shall be entitled to claim compensation as well as demand the surrender of the benefit (gross) generated by the Supplier.
13. Execution plans, manufacturing and maintenance documents
13.1 Before production commences, the execution plans must be submitted to BLINK upon request for approval. Approval by BLINK shall not release the Supplier from his responsibility for the complete suitability and feasibility thereof.
13.2 The definitive manufacturing and maintenance documents (execution plans, maintenance and operating regulations, lists of spare parts, etc.) must be held for safekeeping throughout the production term (max. 10 (ten) years after the final delivery), and must be placed at the disposal of BLINK without pecuniary consideration in the event of the cessation of the production or the dissolution of the legal agreement. This applies to all manufacturing and maintenance documents.
14.1 All technical documents (means of production, data, drawings, software, etc.) which BLINK makes available to the Supplier for the purpose of manufacturing the product, as well as all commercial documents (e.g. orders and the associated details) must be treated in a confidential manner and may be used only for the specific cooperation. This also applies to products which have been developed specially for BLINK. All rights pertaining thereto shall be held exclusively by BLINK. Upon request, all documents together with all copies and reproductions thereof must be surrendered to BLINK without delay.
14.2 The Supplier must treat his business relationship with BLINK and all details pertaining thereto in a confidential manner.
14.3 The Supplier shall also impose the aforementioned confidentiality obligations on his managing officers, employees and lawfully engaged third-parties.
14.4 The aforementioned obligations shall also be applicable within the framework of contractual negotiations and following the end of the agreement. If the legal agreement is not concluded, or after the legal agreement has ended respectively, all presented or created documents of all kinds pertaining to the specific project must automatically be returned to BLINK without delay.
15. Force majeure
15.1 The Supplier shall not be liable for the non-performance or the poor performance of the legal agreement if this is attributable to events of force majeure.
15.2 If the Supplier invokes force majeure, then he must inform the other Party without delay about the occurrence and the expected duration thereof. If he fails to do so, then he may not invoke force majeure.
15.3 Upon request, the Supplier must provide BLINK with written confirmation of the circumstances which in his view establish a case of force majeure.
16. Miscellaneous provisions
16.1 The Supplier shall be obliged to inform BLINK in writing without delay if significant changes to his control structure or ownership occur relative to the circumstances in force at the time of the conclusion of the legal agreement.
16.2 In the event of differences between the various language versions of these CTC, the German version shall prevail.
16.3 The waiving of requirement for written form is only valid in writing.
16.4 Communications must be addressed to BLINK AG, Bruesseler Str. 20, 07747 Jena, Germany.
17. Severability clause
17.1 Should any of the individual provisions contained in this Agreement prove to be wholly or partially invalid or unenforceable, or should they subsequently become invalid or unenforceable as a consequences of changes in legislation which take place following the conclusion of the Agreement, then this shall not affect the other contractual provisions and the validity of the Agreement as a whole. Such invalid or unenforceable provisions shall be replaced by valid and enforceable provisions which approximate as closely as possible to the meaning and purpose of the invalid provisions. Should the Agreement prove to contain omissions, then the provisions shall be deemed to have been agreed which correspond to the meaning and purpose of the Agreement and which would have been agreed if this matter had been considered.
All legal relationships between BLINK and the Supplier are governed by German law, whereby the UN Sales Convention shall be excluded. The ordinary courts at the registered domicile of BLINK shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the judicial assessment of all disputes between the Supplier and BLINK. BLINK shall however also be entitled to bring claims against the Supplier at the latter’s registered domicile.
(hereinafter called „BLINK“)
1. Commencement and scope
1.1 With effect from May 1, 2022, all goods sales and deliveries performed by BLINK shall be subject exclusively to these General Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery (hereinafter called “the GTS”), insofar as these are not amended by means of individual written agreements. Furthermore, these GTS shall replace the previously valid General Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery of BLINK.
1.2 General terms and conditions of business of the contracting Party which contradict these GTS shall be applicable only insofar as BLINK expressly approves these in writing. The following GTS apply to all goods sales and deliveries performed by BLINK, insofar as the wording of the order confirmation does not contain different provisions, or insofar as different provisions have not been agreed between the parties on an individual contractual basis.
1.3 BLINK reserves the right to amend these GTS at any time.
2. Price lists and offers
2.1 Price information and other terms and conditions shown in catalogues, brochures and price lists merely represent invitations to submit offers; they are time-limited pursuant to the information printed therein, and may be amended without prior notification once this period has expired.
2.2 The validity of the BLINK offers is limited to 14 (fourteen) days from the date of the offer, although at the most to the duration of the respective relevant price lists or special offers.
2.3 Any offers which have been issued only apply to the recipient who is shown on the address contained in the offer.
3. Prices and order volumes
3.1 Deliveries and sales prices are shown ex works and are quoted in Euros, unless otherwise agreed. The prices which are offered are subject to the applicable, statutory taxes, fees and duties.
3.2 Orders placed by the contracting Party shall be subject to the prices and conditions which are valid on the day on which the order is recorded.
3.3 Orders will be subject to a shipping and packing fee (CPT / INCOTERMS® 2020.Separately negotiated, individual orders may be subject to a waiver of the shipping and packing fees.
4. Payment, Invoicing
4.1 Payment must be performed within 14 (fourteen) days of the invoice date. Cheques shall be deemed to have been received only once they have been credited.
4.2 BLINK does not accept bills of exchange and other non-standard means of payment.
4.3 BLINK may at any time demand advance payment or an irrevocable letter of credit, or may insist upon other payment methods. Any resulting costs shall be borne by the contracting Party.
4.4 The contracting Party may by means of a written declaration only offset a claim brought by BLINK if his counterclaim is uncontested or if a legally-binding ruling has been made; in other respects the contracting Party shall be expressly prohibited from offsetting.
4.5 BLINK is entitled to refuse to perform the delivery if it becomes apparent following the conclusion of the agreement that its entitlement to payment for the delivery is jeopardised by the inability of the contracting Party to pay. This right to refuse to withhold the performance shall be waived if the payment is performed or if the contracting Party provides adequate collateral. BLINK is entitled to impose a reasonable deadline upon the contracting Party within which the contracting Party must either perform the payment contemporaneously upon delivery, or must provide collateral for the delivery. Following the fruitless expiry of the deadline, BLINK shall be entitled to withdraw from the agreement without delay, without this having any compensatory consequences for BLINK.
5. Payment default and collection
5.1 The contracting Party shall be deemed to have fallen into arrears at the time of the expiry of the payment period specified in Section 4.1. In this event, 8% default interest per annum shall be owed.
5.2 In addition, BLINK must be reimbursed for the costs which it incurs collecting the outstanding sums, including the legal and court expenses of BLINK.
5.3 The default of the contracting Party shall moreover entitle BLINK to stop all open deliveries of all types as well as all further performances, to withdraw from the agreement, to demand the return of the delivered products or following written notification to collect these products with immediate effect, and to rescind any possible associated legal agreements without further formalities, and to demand compensation for further losses.
6. Scope of delivery, delivery deadline, partial deliveries and taking back the packaging
6.1 The scope of the delivery does not include further technical specifications, assembly, fitting, intellectual property rights of all kinds, environmental tests or other tests which go beyond the normal BLINK standard tests, certification and packaging which goes beyond the BLINK standard packaging. Additional charges shall be imposed in respect of performances rendered by BLINK in these fields.
6.2 Orally promised delivery dates shall only be binding insofar as they have been confirmed by BLINK in writing.
6.3 Information provided by BLINK about the weight and dimensions of the products represent merely approximate values. Until the time of delivery BLINK shall not be liable for such values.
6.4 Partial deliveries are permitted; they will be invoiced as and when they have been performed.
6.5 BLINK is willing to collect and /or take back the packaging which forms part of the consignment, any resulting costs for such services will be charged to the contractual partner.
6.6 Deliveries will be carried out in accordance with the terms of INCOTERMS® 2020.
7.1 Unless otherwise agreed, any delivery costs arising from transportation (loading and un-loading) will be charged to the contractual partner.
7.2 Transport costs will be calculated in accordance with INCOTERMS® 2020.
8. Transfer of risk and adherence to control regulations
8.1 The risk of destruction, of loss or damage of the goods shall be transferred to the contracting party as soon as the goods have been sent out for transportation and/or dispatched/dispatch. If the goods are returned to BLINK for any possible reason, then the risk and liability shall be retained by the contracting Party until these have been unloaded in Jena. In the event of the delayed acceptance of the goods by the contracting Party, then the risk shall be transferred to the contracting party from the date and /or commencement of the delay.
8.2 Insofar as the respective applicable law does not stipulate any other relevant clause(s), then the contracting Party shall in all cases be exclusively responsible for adhering to all export, import, transit and control regulations and formalities.
9. Checks and notice of defects
9.1 The contracting Party must inspect the products (quality and quantity) at their own expense.
9.2 In the event of visible defects, the contracting Party must report these to BLINK in writing without delay following receipt of the products, although at the latest within 10 (ten) days following receipt of the goods (or in the case of assembly or fitting performed or commissioned by BLINK, immediately following the completion of these works), describing the defects in detail. Transport damage and delivery shortfalls must also be reported immediately to the haulage contractor and to the forwarding agent in writing.
9.3 Concealed defects must be reported in writing immediately following their discovery, although at the latest within 10 (ten) days following the ascertainment of the defects, describing the defects in detail.
9.4 If the contracting Party fails to issue the correct notice of defects, then the product shall be deemed to have been approved without reservation.
9.5 In the event of defective goods, BLINK retains the right to rectify the situation by performing repairs or carrying out subsequent deliveries (subsequent fulfilment). BLINK shall be entitled to repeat a subsequent fulfilment which has failed to produce the desired effect. BLINK may refuse to perform the subsequent fulfilment if this incurs disproportionate costs.
9.6 Claims brought by the contracting Party on account of defects shall be excluded in the case of minor material defects. If the subsequent fulfilment has failed to produce the desired effect, has been refused or is unreasonable, or if the contracting Party fruitlessly granted BLINK a reasonable grace period for subsequent fulfilment, then the contracting Party shall be entitled to demand a price reduction or to withdraw from the agreement.
10. Force Majeure, contractual obstacles
10.1 Force majeure of all kinds, unforeseeable operating, transport or consignment disruptions, fire damage, flooding, unforeseeable fuel, energy, raw material or auxiliary material shortages, lawful strikes, lawful lockouts, official decrees or other hindrances for which the Party which owes the performance is not responsible, which delay or prevent the manufacture, the dispatch, the delivery or the acceptance, or which render these unreasonable, shall free BLINK from the obligation to perform the delivery or the acceptance for the duration and scope of the disruption. This shall also apply if the circumstances occur in relation to the suppliers.
10.2 BLINK shall also not be deemed responsible for the aforementioned circumstances if these occur during an already existing delay. If the delivery or acceptance is delayed for more than 8 (eight) weeks as a result of the disruption, then both parties shall be entitled to withdraw from the contractual agreement, and to this extent no compensation claims shall be established.
11. Warranty and guarantee
11.1 BLINK guarantees that its products are free of material and manufacturing defects.
11.2 The guarantee issued by BLINK shall extend from the day of dispatch (or in the case of assembly or fitting performed or commissioned by BLINK, from the date of the completion of these works) for the guarantee period agreed in the individual agreement by and between BLINK and the contracting Party, or in the absence thereof for the duration of 12 (twelve) months, unless otherwise stipulated below.
11.3 The following special provisions are applicable for the products as specified below:
a) Expendable goods such as for example seals, valves, actuators, etc. have a limited useful life on account of the application. For this reason the guarantee for signs of natural wear or for improper utilisation shall be excluded.
b) In the case of buffers and reagents, BLINK guarantees adherence to the specifications up to the expiry date. This date is printed on the packaging or in the analysis certificate. If no such date is specified, then the maximum storage duration is 12 (twelve) months from the date of dispatch for buffers and 3 (three) months from the date of dispatch for reagents. This is contingent upon the products being stored permanently within a temperature range of 4 to 30°C, with air humidity of 25% to 85% (without condensation) and in an air pressure range of 0 to 3,000 metres above sea level; if the packaging or the analysis certificate contains deviating specifications, then these shall be relevant. The onus shall be on the contracting Party to provide the corresponding proof.
11.4 In the event of replacement or repair, no new guarantee period will commence; the original, remaining period of the original guarantee period shall apply.
11.5 The contracting Party shall lose his claims:
a) if the products or their parts were not connected, assembled, fitted, deployed, utilised or serviced properly or as intended and in accordance with the details set out in the operating instructions and/or the material safety data sheets or in accordance with their specifications;
b) if the damage was caused by the impact of force (e.g. accident);
c) if the products or their parts (incl. electronics and software) were not set, amended, repaired or services by BLINK or by specialised authorised by BLINK;
d) if non-original BLINK parts were used when replacing parts;
e) if serial numbers have been amended, deleted or removed.
11.6 Whosoever asserts a guarantee claim must demonstrate that the product defect was caused by material or manufacturing defects.
11.7 If the contracting Party asserts a guarantee claim, then he must inform BLINK in writing about the product, its serial number, date of dispatch and the nature of the problem, enclosing a copy of the original invoice. Once this has been done, the instructions issued by BLINK for the settlement of the matter must be adhered to. In addition, the following provisions shall apply:
a) If the product has to be returned to BLINK, then the contracting party assumes all responsibility for the correct and/or safe packaging for the product; the contracting party shall bear any risks as well as the resulting costs incurred during any transportation to BLINK.
b) BLINK will not accept any return consignments which do not contain a copy of the original invoice. All costs resulting from unilateral steps undertaken by the contracting party shall be borne by the contracting party.
c) If the products or parts are radioactively, microbiologically or otherwise contaminated, then this must be correspondingly declared and these products or parts must be decontaminated before these are returned. If this has not been properly performed, then BLINK may – at the expense of the contracting Party – send the products or parts back, or may decontaminate these itself; in this event the contracting Party shall furthermore be obliged to pay all consequential damages.
12.1 Liability on the part of BLINK – irrespective of the legal grounds upon which this is asserted – shall be established only if the loss was caused by the breach of an essential contractual obligation, or is attributable to gross negligence or wilful intent on the part of BLINK. BLINK shall not be liable in cases of slight negligence.
12.2 Insofar as the liability of BLINK is excluded or restricted, this shall also apply to the personal liability of its employees, representatives, vicarious agents and other possible substitutes.
12.3 BLINK shall not be liable for the consequences of the improper amendment or treatment of the goods, and in the case of technical medical equipment in particular not for the consequences of faulty maintenance performed by the contracting Party or any third party, as well as for defects which were based upon normal wear or which were caused by the transport.
12.4 Defect claims brought against BLINK shall in particular be excluded in respect of losses and consequences resulting from the fact that the contracting Party used delivered hardware or software together with incompatible hardware, software or other components, or with hardware, software or other components which had not been tested and correspondingly approved by BLINK. The same shall apply to alterations which have been made, without approval, to the hardware or software which has been supplied by BLINK. BLINK shall moreover not be held liable for any loss of data which can be shown to be attributable to the improper utilisation of the hardware and software and the lack of reasonable data backup precautions.
12.5 Should any party issue an order while acting for and/or deputising for a third party, then they shall be jointly held liable – alongside the third party for any claims which may be submitted by BLINK arising out of this order.
12.6 Any material warranty or legal warranty or warranty in respect of losses of all kinds (i.e. direct and indirect losses) which go beyond the guarantee and liability provisions shall be excluded – insofar as this is permitted by law. BLINK shall not assume any liability that its products are suitable for the purpose intended by the contracting Party.
12.7 If the products are subject to official permits (in particular explosion protection ATEX and IVD), then the contracting party is obliged to ensure that these product permits are observed and /or upheld from the time of delivery up to /and including the end-customer. The customer furthermore undertakes to adhere to the procedures prescribed by public authorities for the commissioning, the operation and the maintenance of the product (operating instruction, EC type-examination certificate), as well as any relevant reporting, documentation, compliance and recall procedures. BLINK rejects any liability for losses or operating interruptions which result from failure to adhere to these regulations. The customer and/or contracting party accepts full responsibility for providing hard-copies of the operating instructions for products complying with ATEX, or respectively, IVD. The instructions must be written in the native language of the country of operation and/or installation. Where more than one language is spoken in a particular country, then the operating instructions must be written in the official language of that country.
12.8 The contracting Party shall be responsible for ensuring the fulfilment of legal requirements before the goods sold by BLINK abroad are commissioned.
12.9 BLINK shall not be liable for direct or indirect losses arising out of the utilisation of any actuators. It must in particular be ensured in this conjunction that malfunctions can occur on account of the inherently limited useful life of actuators contingent upon their relevant applications.
13. Withdrawal and compensation in place of the performance
13.1 If BLINK should fail to render a due performance and/or service, or should BLINK fail to render this in accordance with the contractual provisions, then the contracting party will then, and only then, be entitled to withdraw from the agreement or to demand compensation in place of the performance and/or service which has not been provided:-
a) when this constitutes a non-insignificant breach of contract on the part of BLINK;
b) when the customer submits a written request to BLINK, requesting that BLINK renders the performance and/or service within a reasonable period of at least 14 days, and
c) when BLINK has not already rendered the performance and/or service within this deadline.
13.2 If BLINK has still not rendered the performance within the deadline imposed by the contracting Party, or has not rendered this performance in accordance with the contractual provisions, then BLINK may demand that the contracting Party declares, within a reasonable deadline, whether he continues to insist upon the rendering of the performance. BLINK shall not be obliged to render the performance before the contracting Party has communicated his decision.
14. Orders and return consignments of wrongly-ordered goods
14.1 BLINK requires the following information for orders:
1. Customer number (in the case of existing customers);
2. Names of the company and of the person responsible for placing the order;
3. Telephone and email-address of the ordering party;
4. Order date and order number;
5. Product designations and product numbers;
8. Invoice address and delivery address;
9. Customer Tax-ID
10. Additional information, e.g. relating to delivery data or partial deliveries.
14.2 BLINK shall credit 80% of the charged price to the contracting party, insofar as the products are received by BLINK within 30 calendar days from the date of the original dispatch by BLINK, in a flawless condition, bearing the RMA number, and with an enclosed copy of the original invoice. The cost of ascertaining the condition shall be borne by the contracting Party.
14.3 BLINK shall not, however, take back any custom-made items or products which have been manufactured especially for the contracting party, nor shall it take back any radioactive, microbiologically or otherwise contaminated products.
15. Utilisation restrictions
Goods delivered by BLINK may contain products whose use by the contracting Party are subject to statutory patents or licensing restrictions.
16. Intellectual property
16.1 All intellectual property (such as e.g. trademarks or the company designation) shall be retained by BLINK.
16.2 The contracting Party may not use the intellectual property of BLINK without the prior written approval of BLINK. The use of BLINK advertising material remains reserved.
16.3 Should third parties claim that their intellectual property is being breached by BLINK products, then the contracting Party must inform BLINK thereof in writing without delay. The contracting Party must to the best of his ability, and in accordance with BLINK’s instructions, help BLINK defend itself against such claims. BLINK shall not be liable vis-à-vis the contracting Party for any possible damages resulting from such claimed or actual breaches.
16.4 If the contracting Party ascertains a possible impairment of BLINK intellectual property, then he must inform BLINK thereof in writing without delay, and must to the best of his ability, and in accordance with BLINK’s instructions, help BLINK safeguard its rights.
16.5 The contracting party guarantees that any performance and/or service which are carried out by BLINK as part of the manufacturing of products in accordance with the contracting party’s specifications, designs, technical data or instructions as stipulated by the contracting party shall not cause BLINK to breach any intellectual property rights. The contracting party shall be comprehensibly liable for all consequences arising out of any such claimed or actual breach.
17.1 The contracting Party must – including after the end of the business relationships – treat all details of his business relationships with BLINK as well as its business secrets in a strictly confidential manner. He shall also impose this obligation upon his managing officers, employees as well as lawfully involved third parties. The offers made by BLINK shall in particular also be deemed to be of a confidential nature. Any breach of this obligation shall entitle BLINK to demand compensation and to withdraw from the legal agreement with immediate effect.
18. Reservation of title
18.1 The title to all sold products shall be retained by BLINK until BLINK has received the full purchase price. The title held by BLINK also extends to the new products created by processing the goods which are subject to reservation of title. The processing shall be performed for BLINK in the capacity of a manufacturer. In the event of any processing, connection or blending or mixing with items which do not belong to BLINK, BLINK shall acquire co-ownership thereof in proportion to the invoice value of its goods which are subject to the reservation of title relative to the invoice values of the other materials.
18.2 The contracting Party must treat the goods which are subject to the reservation of title with due care. He is obliged to insure the goods which are subject to the reservation of title adequately at his own expense against fire, water and theft damage at their new value, and shall in advance assign to BLINK his claims for compensation arising out of these insurance agreements.
19. Place of fulfilment
19.1 The place of fulfilment for all of the obligations of the contracting parties is D-07747Jena, Germany
20. Miscellaneous provisions
20.1 All agreements concluded between BLINK and the contracting party pertaining to the execution of the sale of goods must be made in writing in order to be valid (validity requirement).
20.2 The waiving of requirement for written form is only valid in writing.
20.3 The contracting party may not assign their claims vis-à-vis BLINK to any third party.
20.4 BLINK may draw upon the services of third parties for the purpose of fulfilling its obligations.
20.5 In the event of differences and/or questions of interpretation between the various language versions of these GTS, the German version shall prevail.
20.6 Any communications relating to this document and/or other matters should be addressed to
BLINK AG, Bruesseler Str. 20, 07747, Jena GERMANY
21. Severability clause
21.1 Should any of the individual provisions contained in this Agreement prove to be wholly or partially invalid or unenforceable, or should they subsequently prove to be invalid or unenforceable as a consequences of amendments in legislation which take place following the conclusion of the Agreement, then this shall not affect the other contractual provisions and the validity of the Agreement as a whole. Such invalid or unenforceable provisions shall be replaced by valid and enforceable provisions which comply as closely as possible with the meaning and purpose of the invalid provisions.
21.2 Should the Agreement prove to contain omissions, then the provisions which are contained within the Agreement shall be deemed to have been agreed as those which correspond with the meaning and purpose of the Agreement and which would have been agreed if this matter had been considered.
All legal relationships between BLINK and the contracting party are governed by German law, whereby the UN Sales Convention shall be excluded.
The ordinary courts at the registered domicile of BLINK shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the judicial assessment of all disputes between the contracting party and BLINK. BLINK shall however also be entitled to bring claims against the contracting party before any other responsible jurisdiction and/or court of law.
All legal relationships between BLINK and the contracting Party are governed by German law, whereby the UN Sales Convention shall be excluded. The ordinary courts at the registered domicile of BLINK shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the judicial assessment of all disputes between the contracting Party and BLINK. BLINK shall however also be entitled to bring claims against the contracting Party before any other responsible court of law.