Brinell Vision Limited General Terms and Conditions
For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions of Sale, the term “contract” shall mean the agreement between Brinell Vision Limited. (“Supplier”) and Buyer arising as a result of Buyer’s submission of an order for Supplier's products. Such contract shall be deemed to incorporate and be governed by these Terms and Conditions.
These terms and conditions shall take precedence over any terms and conditions which appear in buyer’s order or in any documents incorporated by reference in buyer’s order unless a specific contract is agreed and signed by both parties prior to order being placed.
No term or condition of Buyer’s order additional to or different from these Terms and Conditions shall become part of the contract unless explicitly agreed to in writing by Supplier. Retention by Buyer of any products delivered by Supplier, or payment by Buyer of any invoice rendered hereunder, shall be conclusively deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Supplier’s failure to object to any provision contained in any communication from Buyer shall not be construed as a waiver of these Terms and Conditions nor as an acceptance of any such provision.
1.1 Prices, specifications and dates for delivery referenced in Supplier's quotations are for information purposes only and shall not be binding on Supplier until all technical requirements have been agreed and Supplier has accepted Buyer's order. Quotations terminate if not accepted by Buyer within 90 days.
1.2 Prices do not include taxes, including without limitation sales, use or excise taxes, applicable to the products sold in this transaction, which taxes may, in Supplier’s discretion, be added by Supplier to the sales price or billed separately and which taxes shall be paid by Buyer unless Buyer provides Supplier with any necessary tax exemption certificate.
2. Orders: By submitting an order to Supplier, Buyer agrees to be subject to these Terms and Conditions of Sale in their entirety. All orders must be bona fide commitments showing definite prices and quantities and mutually agreed shipping dates. No order, whether or not submitted in response to a quotation by Supplier, shall be binding upon Supplier until accepted in writing by Supplier.
4. Shipment and Delivery: Delivery will be deemed to have been effected when the products leave the premises of Supplier or as the case may be the premises of suppliers to Supplier in circumstances where the products are delivered direct from such suppliers. Time of delivery is not of the essence. Supplier shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever or howsoever arising caused by non-delivery. Supplier reserves the right to make delivery by instalments and to tender a separate invoice in respect of each instalment. When delivery is to be by instalments or Supplier exercises its right to deliver by instalments or if there be delay in the delivery of any one or more instalments for whatever reason this will not entitle the Buyer to treat the contract as repudiated or to damages.
5. Risk and the Passing of Property:
5.1 Risk in the products shall pass to Buyer when the products are delivered to, or collected by, Buyer or its agent. Buyer must provide its own insurance. Any claims for loss, damage or misdelivery shall be filed with the carrier. All products shall be deemed finally inspected and accepted within ten days after delivery unless notice of rejection is given in writing to Supplier within such period. Acceptance shall constitute acknowledgement of full performance by Supplier of all obligations under the contract except as stated in Section 10 (Limitation of Warranties).
5.2 Notwithstanding risk in the products passing in accordance with clause 5.1 hereof title in the products shall not pass to Buyer until payment is received by Supplier for the products and no other amounts remain outstanding from Buyer to Supplier in respect of other products supplied by Supplier.
5.3 Until title to the products passes:-
(a) Buyer will hold the products as fiduciary agent and bailee for Supplier;
(b) the products shall be kept separate and distinct from all other property of Buyer and of third parties and in good and substantial repair and condition and be stored in such a way as to be clearly identifiable as belonging to Supplier. Buyer shall ensure that the products are not subject to any mortgage, charge, lien or any other security interest of any kind however created or arising.
5.4 Supplier shall at any time be entitled to appropriate any payment made by Buyer in respect of any products in settlement of such invoices or accounts in respect of such products as Supplier may in its absolute discretion think fit notwithstanding any purported appropriation by Buyer.
5.5 Until such times as the title in the products has passed to Buyer Supplier has the right to withhold delivery if Buyer (being a Company) has a petition presented for its winding-up or passes a resolution for voluntary winding-up otherwise than for the purposes of a bona fide amalgamation or reconstruction or compounds with its creditors or has a receiver appointed of all or any part of its assets or (being an individual) becomes bankrupt or insolvent or enters into any arrangements with creditors or takes or suffers any similar action in consequence of debts or carries out or undergoes any analogous act or proceedings under foreign law.
5.6 For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that nothing in this clause shall affect the rights given to Supplier by sections 38-48 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
6. Terms of Payment: Each shipment shall be a separate transaction and Buyer will be invoiced on date of dispatch. Unless otherwise stated on Supplier’s invoice, terms of payment shall be net thirty (30) days from date of invoice. Supplier may, in its sole discretion, determine at any time that Buyer's financial condition requires payment in advance or other assurance of payment satisfactory to Supplier and, if such requirement is not met may cancel the order or any part thereof and receive reasonable cancellation fees. If Buyer fails to pay any payment due hereunder when due, Supplier may recover, in addition to the payment, interest thereon at the rate of 2% per month where lawful, otherwise the maximum lawful monthly interest rate, and reasonable legal fees.
7. Contingencies: Supplier shall not be liable for any delay in delivery or for non-delivery, in whole or in part, caused by the occurrence of any contingency beyond the control of Supplier, including, by way of illustration but not limitation, war (whether an actual declaration thereof is made or not), sabotage, insurrection, riot or other act of civil disobedience, act of a public enemy, failure or delay in transportation, act of any government or any agency or subdivision thereof, judicial action, labour dispute, accident, fire, explosion, floods, storm or other act of God, shortage of labour, fuel, raw material or machinery or technical failure where Supplier has exercised ordinary care in the prevention thereof. If any such contingency occurs, Supplier may allocate production and deliveries among Supplier’s customers.
8. Limitation of Warranties:
A. Supplier warrants that all products shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use for a period of one year from date of shipment to Buyer. Provided that Buyer notifies Supplier in writing of any claimed defect in the equipment immediately upon discovery and any such product is returned at Buyer's risk to the original shipping point, transportation charges prepaid, within one year from date of shipment to Buyer and upon examination Supplier determines to its satisfaction that such product is defective in material or workmanship, i.e. contains a defect arising out of the manufacture of the equipment and not a defect caused by other circumstances, including, but not limited to accident, misuse, unforeseeable use, neglect, alteration, improper installation, improper adjustment, improper repair, or improper testing, Supplier shall at its option repair or replace the product.
Supplier shall have reasonable time to make such repairs or to replace such equipment. Any repair or replacement of equipment shall not extend the period of warranty. This warranty is limited to a period of one year, without regard to whether any claimed defects were discoverable or latent on the date of shipment.
B. If Buyer shall fail to pay when due any portion of the purchase price or any other payment required from Buyer to Supplier under this contract or otherwise, all warranties and remedies granted under this Section 8 may, at Supplier’s option, be terminated.
9. Patents: Supplier shall defend any suit or proceeding brought against Buyer to the extent that it is based on a claim that any products manufactured by Supplier infringes in construction or design a European, United Kingdom or United States patent, and shall indemnify Buyer against all costs, damages and expenses finally awarded against Buyer provided that Buyer notifies Supplier promptly in writing of any such claim and gives Supplier full and complete authority, information and assistance for the defence of such claim and provided further that Supplier shall have sole control of the defence and of the negotiations for settlement, if any, of such claim. If any such product is held in construction or design directly to infringe any European, United Kingdom or United States patent and the use of said product is enjoined, or in case any equipment may, in the opinion of Supplier, be held to infringe, Supplier may, at its expense and option, either (a) procure for Buyer the right to continue using said product, (b) replace said product with a suitable noninfringing product, (c) suitably modify said product, or (d) refund the purchase price of said product, less depreciation at twenty percent (20%) per year, and accept its return. Supplier shall not be liable for any cost or expense incurred without Supplier’s written authorisation. Supplier shall not be obligated to defend or be liable for costs and damages if the infringement arises out of compliance with Buyer's specification or from a combination with or an addition to equipment not manufactured or developed by Supplier or a modification of the product after delivery or the use of product beyond that established by Supplier or approved in writing by Supplier.
10. Limitation of Liability and Buyer Indemnity: in no event, regardless of the form of action, shall supplier be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential losses, including, but not limited to, losses or damages arising out of claims for loss of use, business, goodwill, or profits, and claims arising out of third party actions, regardless of whether such third party actions, or any other claims, losses, or damages, were reasonably foreseeable to buyer or supplier, or damages arising out of the sale of its products to buyer or arising out of anything done in connection with the contract. buyer's exclusive remedy arising out of its purchase and use of supplier's products, or arising out of anything done in connection with the contract, shall be for damages and no claim or claims of any kind, whether based upon contract, warranty, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence, warranty and strict liability), statutory or regulatory provisions, indemnity, contribution, or otherwise, shall be greater in amount in aggregate than the purchase price of the products in respect of which damages are claimed. Buyer shall indemnify and hold harmless Supplier, its officers, agents, employees, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates and insurers from and against any and all liabilities, damages, losses, claims, lawsuits, including costs and expenses in connection therewith, for death or injury to any persons or loss of any property whatsoever, caused in any manner by Buyer's abnormal or negligent use or operation of Product
11. Proprietary Information: Buyer represents that it has adopted reasonable procedures to protect Proprietary Information, as defined hereafter, including binding agreements with employees and consultants to prevent unauthorized publication, disclosure or use of such during or after the term of their employment by or services for Buyer. Buyer shall not use Proprietary Information except as required for the use of the equipment, shall not disclose Proprietary Information to any third party, and shall not transmit any documents or copies thereof containing Proprietary Information to any third party, except as may be authorised in writing by Supplier. This Section 11 shall survive termination of the contract.
“Proprietary Information” shall mean information or data of Supplier, or a third person to whom Supplier owes obligations of confidentiality, and which is furnished or to be furnished to Buyer in written, graphic or machine-readable form and is marked proprietary information or confidential. Where copies or alternative forms of information or data are received from Supplier, such information or data shall be considered Proprietary Information if at least one of said copies or alternative forms is marked proprietary or confidential. This Section 11 shall not apply to information which Buyer demonstrates was in Buyer’s possession prior to receipt from Supplier or information which Buyer demonstrates is or has become available to the public or general knowledge in the industry otherwise than through the fault of Buyer.
12. Rescheduling and Cancellation: Orders accepted by Supplier may be cancelled or rescheduled by Buyer only with the written consent of Supplier (which consent Supplier may withhold for any reason) and upon payment of Supplier's cancellation or rescheduling charges. Supplier shall have the right without penalty or payment to cancel any order accepted (i) if Buyer fails to make any payment when due to Supplier under the contract or any other contract (ii) if any act or omission of Buyer delays Supplier’s performance, (iii) if Buyer violates any of these Terms and Conditions, or (iv) if Buyer’s credit becomes impaired; and in the event of such cancellation Supplier shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for its reasonable and proper cancellation charges.
13. Non-Waiver; Remedies: No waiver of any breach of these Terms and Conditions shall constitute a waiver of any prior or subsequent breach of any similar or dissimilar provision or a modification of the contract. All Supplier rights and remedies, whether evidenced hereby or by any other contract or document, shall be cumulative and nonexclusive and may be exercised singularly or concurrently.
14. Applicable Law and Actions to Recover Damages: The contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and all disputes arising in connection with the contract shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is held to be unenforceable, such holding shall not affect the enforceability of any other provision. Prior to commencement of any legal proceedings, Buyer and Supplier shall meet at a senior level to attempt to resolve differences. Notwithstanding any attempts to resolve differences or negotiations regarding such differences, any action brought by Buyer against Supplier arising out of this contract or Buyer's purchase and use of the product must be commenced within one year after such action accrues and in no event later than two years after date of shipment of such products.
15. Assignment: The contract shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns. The contract is personal to Buyer, and Buyer may not assign any of its rights or delegate any of its obligations thereunder, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Supplier which may be withheld for any reason.
16. Complete Agreement; Modifications: This contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties relating to the sale of the product and no addition to or modification of any provision of said agreement shall be binding upon Supplier unless agreed in writing by Supplier.
17. Notices: All notices given under the contract shall be in writing, mailed by first class mail, certified or registered, or delivered by hand to the address of the other party set forth in the quotation or to such other address as such party may designate from time to time by such notice, and shall take effect when received.
18. Brinell Vision Products: Free-issued substrates are handled at customer’s risk. No liability will be accepted for damage or loss during any processing by the Company. We reserve the right to under or over supply order quantities in line with variable batch processing yields. Size reduction of completed components by edging or cutting will be at customer’s risk. Free issued materials must be accompanied with any relevant Health and Safety procedures, warnings and disposal notices. Orders for bulk volume coatings or filters can be accepted against a negotiated call-off schedule. Supply terms will be subject to individual quotation, but we reserve the right to deliver and invoice any outstanding quantities at the end of the contracted supply period.