General Terms of Delivery and Payment (applicable from 1.3.2011)
1.1 All deliveries and other services effected by Fronius UK Limited ("we", "us", "our", "ourselves"), and all payments made to us, shall be exclusively governed by these Terms of Delivery and Payment. Insofar as applicable provisions may be found to be missing therefrom the law of England applies. If any business terms of the Ordering Party’s are at variance with these Terms of Delivery and Payment, we shall only be bound by such divergent terms if we have expressly recognised the same by letter or by telefax.
1.2 In taking delivery of the goods and/or service, the Ordering Party acknowledges the exclusive applicability of our Terms of Delivery and Payment.
2.1 Our offers may be changed or withdrawn by us at any time before acceptance by the Ordering Party, unless the offer makes express mention of an offer validity period. Documents pertaining to our offers – such as drawings, illustrations, samples and patterns, and dimensional, weight, performance and consumption data – contain or themselves constitute only approximate data and are not deemed to be specially agreed characteristics unless otherwise provided. We retain the right to effect modifications for engineering reasons.
2.2 We reserve the proprietary and intellectual property rights including but not limited to copyright to all cost estimates, drawings and other documents; The Ordering Party must ensure that these are neither disclosed to any third party nor used for the purposes of any third party.
3. Acceptance of the order; supplementary agreements
Acceptance of an order, and any undertakings or supplementary agreements made by our employees, as well as amendments and alterations of any kind, shall not be binding upon us until we have issued written confirmation of our acceptance by letter, telefax or e-mail.
4. Price and payment conditions; offsetting
4.1 Valid prices are always the ones stated in the last offer to the customer and unless specifically stated in writing from Fronius to the contrary, all orders placed on these prices are valid on the date of delivery. These offers are ex-works prices (EXW [Incoterms 2010]), exclusive of packaging, insurance, loading at the factory and value-added tax; the packaging will not be removed by us. The Ordering Party shall pay all applicable tariffs, duties or taxes (other than our income taxes) imposed or levied in connection with the supplies made by us under these Terms of Delivery and Payment.
4.2 Payments are to be made net cash, without any deduction and free of charges, within 30 days of the invoice date. It shall be for us to decide which claims or partial claims of the Ordering Party’s may be offset against such payments.
4.3 If any changes in order execution are necessitated by circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, then this latter shall bear all additional costs thereby incurred.
4.4 If the payment period is exceeded, we shall be entitled to charge default interest at a rate of ten percentage points above the applicable base rate announced by the Bank of England, plus the collection costs, such amounts to total at least 12% p.a. of the overall claim (or such lesser amount determined by us as is reasonable in the circumstances). This is without prejudice to any further consequences of default in payment.
4.5 The Ordering Party is not permitted to withhold payments (in whole or in part) or to offset these against counter-claims which are contested by ourselves.
4.6 Where the Ordering Party holds claims against ourselves, we are entitled to offset these against our own claims against the Ordering Party, at any time.
4.7 For services performed under contracts for work and materials (installation, repairs, maintenance and other such work), we shall charge the hourly rates and materials-prices applicable at the time of completion, plus our applicable surcharges for any overtime, night-time, Sunday and public-holiday working; travel and waiting times are counted as working hours. Travel expenses and daily and overnight allowances will be invoiced separately.
5. Performance, shipping and default
5.1 The delivery period under each order shall commence with the mailing of the order confirmation note by us to the Ordering Party, while the performance period for installation, maintenance or repair work commences when the equipment is received by the Ordering Party. On no account, however, shall the delivery or performance period start to elapse sooner than 14 days after the time when the Ordering Party has furnished us with the documents (e.g. engineering drawings, plans etc), permits or approvals which it is responsible for procuring under the order, or when it has made any agreed pre-payment under the order. The delivery or performance deadline is deemed to have been met if we have notified the Ordering Party prior to such deadline of our readiness to deliver or perform; in cases where a special agreement obliges us to dispatch or deliver by a deadline, the delivery or performance deadline shall be deemed to have been met if the object of delivery or performance has left our factory prior to such deadline.
5.2 Delivery or performance periods are extended for the duration of any unforeseen impediments lying outside our control, such as, but not limited to, stoppages, major personnel outages, unlawful strikes, delays in supplies of essential raw materials or components or the like, as well as by circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, to the extent that these impediments and/or circumstances are of material relevance to the failure to meet the deadline. Impediments and/or circumstances of this nature also prevent a default arising for which we would otherwise be liable, for the duration of such impediments and no contractual remedies for which we would otherwise be liable will apply. Immediate notification is to be given of the beginning and end of such impediments. We are entitled to terminate the contract, in whole or in part, if such impediments should occur. In the event of termination under this 5.2, and subject to 9, we exclude all liability of any kind whatsoever except to the extent the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part.
5.3 If agreed delivery or performance deadlines, or deadlines that have been extended in accordance with 5.2 above, are exceeded by more than four weeks, the Ordering Party shall be entitled to terminate the contract, having granted us at least 14 days’ extra time by notice given to us in a registered letter. In the event of termination under this 5.3, and subject to 9, we exclude all liability of any kind whatsoever except to the extent the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part.
5.4 If the Ordering Party incurs a loss from a delay for which we are liable, then it shall be entitled to compensation amounting to 0.5% per whole week - up to a maximum of 5% - of the value of that part of the delivery which cannot be used in time or for its intended purpose as a result of the delay. For services, the compensation shall be 5% of the remuneration. The compensation payments detailed in this 5.4 shall be the Ordering Party's sole and exclusive remedy in the event of such delay, and subject to 9, we exclude all other liability of any kind whatsoever except to the extent the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part. For the avoidance of doubt, subject to 9, we shall not be liable for any delays caused by our suppliers for which we are not responsible.
5.5 In cases where we have undertaken to effect shipping, the mode and route of shipping shall be for us to decide. Goods are always shipped at the Ordering Party’s risk and expense. Subject to 9, we exclude all liability of any kind whatsoever in relation to such shipping except to the extent the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part. We shall only take out transport / breakage insurance by order and for the account of the Ordering Party.
5.6 We are entitled to effect part-deliveries.
5.7 Our compliance with the delivery period shall be contingent upon the Ordering Party having fulfilled its contractual obligations in all pending, still-to-be-completed business transactions.
5.8 If shipping is delayed due to circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, then this latter shall bear all resulting additional costs, such as those for storage at our factory, but with a minimum monthly charge of 0.5% of the invoice amount. In such a case we shall also be entitled to grant the Ordering Party a grace period of at most 14 days, and if this period should expire to no avail, we shall then be entitled, at our own discretion, either to make alternative arrangements regarding the article(s) to be delivered and to effect delivery to the Ordering Party within a suitably extended period of time, or to terminate the contract and claim damages for breach of contract. In this latter case, we are entitled, without having to furnish any particular proof, to require up to 10% of the remuneration for the intended delivery as liquidated damages (as is reasonable in all the circumstances). Where appropriately substantiated, we can also claim compensation for any damage suffered by us over and above this amount.
5.9 Goods ordered on call, or for production with no shipping instructions, must be taken delivery of within three months. If this time limit elapses unused, then the goods will be treated as subject to a shipping delay due to circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party and 5.8 shall apply.
5.10 For services performed under contracts for work and materials (4.7), the Ordering Party is to provide us with the necessary equipment and auxiliary materials (e.g. winches, rails, electricity etc.) in good time and at no charge, even if installation is included in the price (4.1) or if a flat-rate price has been agreed for this. Any works needing to be carried out by the Ordering Party preparatory to installation, e.g. building work, must be completed prior to the arrival of our installation technicians. Furthermore, the Ordering Party must take all safety precautions needed for the protection of persons and property. Subject to 9.4, we shall not accept liability for the ancillary personnel, equipment and auxiliary materials which may be placed at our disposal unless gross negligence is proven on our part.
6. Passage of risk
6.1 Unless otherwise stated, risk shall pass to the Ordering Party as soon as the articles to be delivered, or the articles on which we have performed maintenance, repair or other work, have left our factory. The same shall also apply to part-deliveries or in cases where we have undertaken to bear the shipping charges or to perform delivery, setting-up, assembly, installation or other similar services. If the maintenance, repair or other work is carried out on the premises of the Ordering Party, then risk shall pass in the case of the latter as soon as the Ordering Party has received notification that the work in question has been completed.
6.2 If there is any delay in dispatching or delivering the shipment for reasons for which we are not responsible, the risk shall pass to the Ordering Party as soon as it has been notified that the consignment is ready for delivery.
7. Retention of title; rescission
7.1 We shall retain title to the article(s) delivered until the following have been settled in full:
(a) payment of the purchase-price for the relevant articles, and
(b) all other claims that we have – on whatever legal grounds – against the Ordering Party.
7.2 Until title in the article(s) delivered passes from ourselves to the Ordering Party :
(a) the Ordering Party shall store the article(s) in such manner as to show clearly they are our property, and not do any other thing that is inconsistent with identifying the article(s) as our property;
(b) the Ordering Party must notify us immediately of any seizure of the article(s), or any other infringement of our interests as the owner of the article(s); and
(c) we shall be entitled to trace the proceeds of any sale, transfer, assignment, charge, pledge, let, hire or other grant of any interest in the article(s) to a third party, and such proceeds will be deemed to be held on trust for us.
7.3 If the Ordering Party should act contrary to the terms of these Terms of Delivery and Payment – in particular by being in arrears with payment or with any other contractual obligation, and/or by being insolvent – we shall be entitled, at our own discretion, either to terminate the relevant order(s) without granting any grace period or, while leaving the relevant order(s) in force, to take back the article(s) delivered or to forbid it to be used. We shall also be entitled to sell the taken-back article(s) in the open market; after deduction of a handling fee of 10% of the proceeds thus realised (or such lesser amount determined by us as is reasonable in the circumstances), the remainder will be debited from the total of our outstanding claims against the Ordering Party. In the event of our terminating the order(s), we shall charge the Ordering Party a usage fee of 5% of the original value of the article (or such lesser amount determined by us as is reasonable in the circumstances), unless the actual diminution in its value is even greater.
8.1 We give no warranty for ordinary deviations in size, weight or quality (or as tolerated by ÖNORM, EN or DIN standards or other applicable standards), and also no warranty for information given regarding the suitability of the article(s) to be delivered for the purpose contemplated by the Ordering Party, or for any other particular purpose.
8.2 We warrant the correctness of our processing instructions, user/operating manuals and customer advisory service. We do not warrant compliance with statutory or other regulations when using the articles delivered, and the testing of these articles for the purpose envisaged, shall remain the sole responsibility of the Ordering Party. We shall only be liable for any instructions differing from our written processing instructions and user/operating manuals if we previously confirmed these deviations in writing, either by letter, telefax or e-mail.
8.3 Articles or services supplied must be inspected by the Ordering Party immediately after delivery has been taken of them. Any defects must be reported to us during the warranty period and promptly upon being discovered, in a written notice sent by letter, telefax or e-mail quoting the number and date of the order confirmation note, of the delivery note or of the invoice, and the serial and commission numbers and such details as are reasonably necessary to identify the defect. If the Ordering Party omits to make this prompt notification, it may no longer assert any warranty claims or claims for compensatory damages on account either of the defect itself or of any misapprehension as to whether the delivery or service was free of defects. Any costs which we incur as a result of unjustified notices or notices that are otherwise at variance with the conditions of use are to be refunded to us by the Ordering Party.
8.4 In the case of corrective and preventive maintenance work, our warranty shall be limited to the services actually rendered. We shall only warrant correct functioning of an installation, machine or the like whose components were not all supplied by ourselves if we have undertaken – despite the provision of certain components by the Ordering Party or by third parties – to manufacture the installation (or machine etc.) as a whole, and if the faulty functioning in question is not attributable to incorrect or incomplete information from the Ordering Party.
8.5 Unless otherwise agreed, the warranty period for all warranted articles or services shall be 24 months. From the beginning of the 13th month of this period, however, our warranty shall be limited to making available, free of charge, the items needed for remedying the defects; from this time onwards, any warranty claims going beyond the above shall not be permitted. This period limitation also applies to the supply of items deemed to be immovable and to work on items which are, or are deemed to be, immovable. The warranty period for goods shall start to elapse upon the passage of risk (6) and, for services shall start to elapse from the completion of the provision of the services. The Ordering Party must always prove that defects coming to light during the warranty period were already present at the time of the passage of risk or completion of services (as relevant).
8.6 In cases where there is a breach of warranty, we shall – at our own discretion and within a reasonable period of at least 4 weeks’ duration – either exchange the defective article itself, or its defective components, for a defect-free article or defect-free components, or remedy the defect(s), or grant the Ordering Party a reasonable reduction in price, or (unless the defect in question is a minor one) terminate the order. The warranty period is not prolonged by the exchange of the item or of parts or components belonging to the item. If, however, the remainder of the warranty period – including that part of the period during which our warranty is limited to free provision of the requisite materials (8.5) – lasts for less than twelve months, then the warranty period for the exchanged items, parts or components shall be extended to twelve months. The items, parts or components thus exchanged shall become our property. We shall not refund the costs for any actual or attempted remedying of a defect by the Ordering Party or by any third party.
8.7 To the extent that is necessary and may reasonably be expected of the Ordering Party, the object of delivery or performance, or the defective part(s) thereof, are to be dispatched or shipped to us immediately at our request, at the Ordering Party’s risk and expense, failing which any and all warranty obligation on our part shall become void.
8.8 The Ordering Party is not entitled to withhold payments on account of warranty claims or other counter-claims not recognised by ourselves.
8.9 Warranty claims from the Ordering Party are excluded in cases where the installation, user and operating manuals provided by ourselves, or to be requested from us by the Ordering Party, have not been observed, or where the user has not fully observed such instructions; if the installation work has not been performed properly and in accordance with the relevant Standards, and in particular if was not carried out by licensed contractors; if any corrective maintenance or other work has been performed on the object of delivery or performance without our consent; if it has been improperly operated or used, or operated despite its protective features being faulty, or taken out of the contract territory without our consent, or used contrary to our instructions or for purposes for which it is not intended; and, moreover, where defects are attributable to foreign object damage, chemical influences, overvoltage, the conduct of third parties or to force majeure; the same applies in respect of natural wear-and-tear.
8.10 Our warranty is also excluded in cases where we have been contracted to carry out repair-orders, to alter or modify used items, or to supply such items.
8.11 In addition to the rights of the customer as to defects pursuant to Clause 8.6, in the case of inverters for photo voltaic systems and options contained in the scope of delivery (system expansions), we guarantee deliveries free from defects for 60 months from completion of the installation. In addition, this guarantee period can be extended for a fee, at the customer's request, in accordance with the FRONIUS guarantee conditions, which can be viewed at http://www.fronius.com/solarelectronics/termsofwarranty
8.12 Except as set out in these Terms of Delivery and Payment, all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by stature or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from these Terms of Delivery and Payment.
9. Damages and product liability
9.1 We shall only be liable for damage suffered by the Ordering Party, of whatever kind, to the extent that the Ordering Party proves that we ourselves brought about this damage either knowingly and wilfully or grossly negligently. If the Ordering Party proves that we have caused damage in an ordinarily negligent manner, our liability shall be limited to the direct damage actually incurred by the Ordering Party, and, moreover, to a maximum overall amount not exceeding the total order value. Furthermore, claims of this type may only be enforced if made by the Ordering Party within six months of the damage in question becoming known.
9.2 In the event that a claim is made against us by a third party in connection with services provided by us where we have produced and delivered in accordance with the drawings, designs, models or other documents provided by the Ordering Party, the Ordering Party shall indemnify us in full against all losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses suffered or incurred by us in respect of that claim.
9.3 To the extent permitted by law, our liability to pay damages for property damage by reason of the applicable product liability legislation, including all rights of recourse, is excluded. When using the installations, machines and other articles delivered by ourselves, the Ordering Party is obliged to painstakingly observe all safety regulations, technical rules, installation regulations, operating instructions and user manuals, and in particular all regulations applying to the electrical engineering field, and to allow only authorised skilled personnel to operate the equipment.
9.4 Nothing in these Terms of Delivery and Payment shall exclude or in any way limit our liability to the Ordering Party for (i) fraud; (ii) death or personal injury caused by its negligence (including negligence as defined in s.1 Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977); (iii) breach of terms regarding title implied by s.12 Sale of Goods Act 1979 and/or s.2 Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982; or (iv) any liability to the extent the same may not be excluded or limited as a matter of law.
9.5 We shall not be liable to the Ordering Party under any order made under these Terms of Delivery and Payment for any loss of income, loss of actual or anticipated profit, loss of business, loss of contracts, loss of goodwill and reputation, loss of anticipated savings, loss of , damage to or corruption of data or for any indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind, in each case howsoever arising, whether such loss or damage was foreseeable or in the contemplation of the parties and whether arising in or for breach of contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, indemnity or otherwise.
10. Final provisions
10.1 These Terms of Delivery and Payment and any legal disputes arising out of or in connection with any orders made under these Terms of Delivery and Payment are to be governed by English law and the courts of England shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction in respect of the same. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, on the other hand, shall not be applicable.
10.2 If any term of these Terms of Delivery and Payment is found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under any applicable law, such term shall, insofar as it is severable from the remaining terms, be deemed omitted from these Terms of Delivery and Payment and shall in no way affect the legality, validity or enforceability of the remaining terms.
10.3 The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to these Terms of Delivery and Payment and no person who is not a party to an order made in accordance with these Terms of Delivery and Payment may enforce any provision of them.
11. Special provisions for software supplied with products or separately
In the case of software, whether supplied jointly with other deliveries or separately, these Terms of Delivery and Payment shall only apply to the extent that the following provisions do not deviate therefrom.
11.1 Scope of utilisation
11.1.1 The Ordering Party may only utilise the software on one machine at a time; it is up to the Ordering Party to decide which machine the program will be utilised on. “Utilisation of the software” is understood as any long-term or even merely temporary duplication (copying) of the software, whether in whole or only in part, by means of its being saved, loaded, executed or displayed by the hardware for the purposes of running the software and processing the data contained therein. The Ordering Party is also entitled to take such measures for the purpose of observing, investigating and testing the software. The Ordering Party is not entitled to duplicate the user manual.
11.1.2 The Ordering Party may only modify or edit the software to the extent necessary for utilisation according to the agreed terms, for interfacing the software with other software and/or for error correction. Trade names, trademarks, copyright notices and other notices regarding the reservation of rights which are contained within the software may not be altered and must be carried over in any modified or edited versions of the software. Any decompilation of the program code going beyond the statutory provisions is prohibited.
11.1.3 The Ordering Party may make a back-up copy of the software, insofar as this is necessary for ensuring future availability for use. If the software has a technical copy protection feature, then in the event of damage to the original the Ordering Party will be provided with a replacement copy in exchange for the original data medium.
11.2 Transferring the software package to a third party
11.2.1 The Ordering Party may transfer the software package, in its original condition and in its entirety, to a third party, but must then contractually bind this third party to observe all obligations towards ourselves as set out in these Terms of Delivery and Payment arising from the transfer of the software package. This right does not include the right to transfer copies and part-copies of the software package, or modified or edited versions or copies and part-copies of such versions.
11.2.2 When the software package is transferred to a third party, the right to utilise it also passes to this third party, who thus enters into the contract in substitution for the Ordering Party, whereupon the utilisation rights hitherto held by the Ordering Party shall terminate.
11.2.3 Upon transferring the software to a third party in this way, the Ordering Party shall immediately and completely destroy all copies, part-copies and back-up copies, as well as any modified or edited versions of the software and any copies, part-copies and back-up copies made thereof.
11.2.4 These provisions (11.2.1 to 11.2.3) shall also apply in cases where the software is transferred on a merely temporary, short-term basis. Rental of the software package, or of parts thereof, is not permitted.
11.3 Further rights
11.3.1 All further rights pertaining to the software supplied are reserved for ourselves. This does not affect the Ordering Party’s exploitation rights either to its own software that it has developed or runs in the context of compliant utilisation of the software supplied by ourselves, or to any other results which the Ordering Party achieves through its use of the software supplied.
11.3.2 When a new software version becomes available, the Ordering Party is entitled to exchange the originally supplied software package for a new version of the software package at our listed update price; the exchange applies to the software package in its entirety, as originally acquired by the Ordering Party. Upon exchanging the old version for the new, the Ordering Party loses its entitlement to utilise the old (i.e. exchanged) software package. The obligation to destroy, as per Point 11.2.3 above, shall apply analogously in this case.
11.4.1 The Ordering Party acknowledges that it is not possible to develop software programs in such a way that these will be fault-free under any and all conditions of use.
11.4.2 We warrant that the software supplied will fulfil the agreed functions and possesses the expressly warranted characteristics. Any and all warranty shall be contingent upon utilisation in accordance with the contract.
11.4.3 We also warrant that the original software has been properly recorded on a tested data medium. Pre-installed software is excepted from this provision.
11.4.4 Any defects in the software must be notified to us immediately; in all other regards, 8.3 shall be applicable.
11.4.5 The warranty period shall always be for 12 months. This period shall commence upon the delivery of the software package.
11.4.6 If the software package supplied is unusable (11.4.2) or defective (11.4.3) and the Ordering Party notifies us of this during the warranty period, we shall exchange it for a new one with the same title. If this, too, should prove to be unusable or deficient and are we unable to restore it to serviceability at reasonable expense and within a reasonable (at least 4-week long) period, then the Ordering Party can either demand a price reduction or withdraw from the contract. In the event of termination, 11.2.3 shall apply analogously. We shall not refund costs for any actual or attempted remedying of a defect by the Ordering Party or by any third party.
11.4.7 We give no warranty going beyond the foregoing (11.4.6), and in particular warrant neither that the software supplied will meet the special requirements of the Ordering Party or user, nor for modified or edited versions of the software (Point 11.1.2), unless the Ordering Party can prove that there is no connection whatever between the defects and the modifications or edits. The Ordering Party shall bear the sole responsibility for the selection, installation and utilisation of the software and for the results intended to be achieved therewith.
11.5 Liability for damages
11.5.1 We are not liable for any claims made by the Ordering Party (or, if software has been transferred to a third party in accordance with 11.2, to that third party) in relation to the software supplied except to the extent that the aggrieved party can prove that the damage was brought about by ourselves either knowingly and wilfully or grossly negligently.
11.5.2 9. shall apply to this 11 but in the event of any inconsistency between this 11 and 9, this 11 shall take precedence with respect to software only.
Conditions of use
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