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This is a translation of the Privacy Policy written in German.

The German version is valid.

Privacy Policy


As of May 2018


The protection of your personal data is important to us. According to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Article 13 GDPR), we are obliged to inform you about the purpose for which we collect, store or forward data and what rights you have in data protection. The content and scope of the data processing depends largely on the data provided by you or the data required for the business relationship or communication.


Who is responsible for data processing and who can I contact?

The persons responsible and the competent supervisory authority can be found in the imprint of this website.


Which data are processed and from which sources does this data come from?

We process personal data that we receive in the course of our business relationships from you, from a partner commissioned by you or from one of our business partners. In addition, we process data that we have legitimately received from publicly available sources (eg business register, address directory, media, trade fair participants). Your personal data includes your personal details (such as salutation, name, country, address, e-mail address and telephone number, delivery addresses, order and billing data, creditworthiness information, documentation data, trade fair protocols, etc.


For what purposes and on what legal basis is the data processed?

We process personal data only in the context of our business activities. In addition, the data processing takes place on the basis of legal requirements, due to a contractual relationship or a pre-contractual relationship of trust, based on your consent or if you contact us (for example, at trade fairs, by e-mail, by mail, by telephone or through this website).

In particular, personal data is processed in the following business processes or processes:

• Visit the website
• Contact
• Visitor registration, Wi-Fi guest access
• applications
• Trade fairs and events
• Consultation by our employees or by trading partners
• order processing, delivery, invoicing
• Due to legal obligations (customs and compliance screening, accident reports)
• temporary work, training
• Quality checks and quality certificates, complaints
• Performance accounting of subcontractors

As part of the business relationship, you must provide the personal information necessary to enter into and conduct the business relationship that we are required to collect by law. If you do not provide us with this data, we will generally have to decline your request or to respond to your contact request, the conclusion of the contract or the execution of the contract or to terminate an existing contractual relationship.

If you have given us consent to the processing of your personal data, processing will only take place in accordance with the purposes set out in the consent declaration and to the extent agreed therein. You may revoke your consent at any time without stating reasons with effect for the future, as far as this is legally permissible. Please note that the legislator classifies applications as a pre-contractual relationship and application documents are kept 6 months after completing the application process.

In addition, we reserve the right to store your first and last name, mailing address and, as far as we have received this additional information from you as part of the contractual relationship, your title, academic degree and your professional, industry or business name in summary lists and to use for own advertising purposes, eg to send interesting offers and information about our products by letter. You can object to the storage and use of your data for these purposes at any time by sending a message to the address specified in the mailing.

If we are in advance, e.g. In the case of purchase on account, we reserve the right to obtain an identity and credit information from specialized service companies (credit reference agencies) to safeguard our legitimate interests.


Who is the recipient of my data?

We only transfer your data to third parties if this is permitted by law, if you have given your consent or if the transmission is necessary to fulfill our business purposes.
If possible, the data will be anonymized or pseudonymized.
Within our group of companies, only those bodies or employees will receive your data, which they need to fulfill our contractual, statutory and regulatory obligations or to safeguard legitimate interests.

In addition, we transfer your data to commissioned by us processors:

• IT and hosting service providers
• Credit institutions and payment providers to process payment transactions when ordering
• Backoffice service provider for the processing of advertising mailings
• Suppliers for handling product and sample orders
• Laboratories and institutes for testing products
• Transport companies
• Distributors, if they need your data to process your order
• Agencies for surveys and marketing activities

Furthermore, data are transmitted to public authorities and institutions (tax offices, authorities, customs offices), provided that there is a legal or regulatory obligation to do so.

All processors, suppliers and trading partners are contractually obliged to process your data only as part of the provision of services and in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.


How long will my data be stored?

We only store your data for as long as necessary to process the business transaction or to comply with documentation requirements. Legal requirements require that commercial letters be kept for at least 6 years, with tax-relevant content for at least 10 years. Our IT systems also have extensive data protection concepts that do not allow premature deletion. In this case access to data will be restricted after expiry of the permitted storage period. Application documents are stored or kept 6 months after completion of the recruitment. If the application is made via a recruiting agency, the master data must be kept longer.


Which data protection rights do I have?

You have the right to free information on the data stored about us as well as a right to correct, block or delete this data. If you have given your consent for the processing of the data, you can revoke the consent for future processing.

In the first instance, please contact the person who last had contact with you. In addition, you can contact our data protection officer.

If you believe that we violate European data protection laws when processing your data, we ask you to contact us to clarify your concerns. You also have the right to complain to the relevant data protection supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is unlawful.

How safe is my data?

We use the state-of-the-art security measures to protect your data appropriately. Our employees, our subcontractors and trading partners are obliged to observe our information security guidelines.

Use of Cookies

KOCH Cookies

When you visit one of our website, information in the form of a “cookie” may be saved on your computer, which will automatically recognize your computer the next time you visit our site. Cookies enable us, for instance, to adapt the viewing preferences and functions of our website to your interests, or to save your password so that you will not have to enter it again every time you visit our site. If you do not want us to recognize your computer, you can set up your Internet browser to delete cookies from your hard drive, block cookies or issue a warning before storing a cookie. It can, however, mean that individual functions and features on our website will no longer be available.


Use of Google Analytics

Our homepage uses Google Analytics – a web analysis service from Google. Google Analytics uses cookies (small text files), which are saved on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information about your use of this homepage created with the cookies (including your IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and saved there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website to compile reports about website activities for the homepage operators and to implement further services relating to website and Internet usage. Google will also make this information available to third parties when this is legally prescribed or in cases where third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Under no circumstances will Google compare your IP address with other Google data. You can prevent the installation of cookies by making a corresponding setting in your browser software. However, if you do this it can mean that not all functions of this website will be fully available to you. In addition, you can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and the use of the online offer to Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

For further information on usage conditions and data protection, please visit: respectively We would like to point out that on this website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "anonymizeIp" in order to ensure an anonymised collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).


Opposition to data collection

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link, An opt-out cookie is set, which prevents the collection of your data on future visits to this website: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information on how to handle user data on Google Analytics, please refer to the Google

Privacy Policy:


Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager is a solution that allows marketers to manage website tags through a single interface. The Tool Tag Manager itself (which implements the tags) is a cookieless domain and does not collect any personal data. The tool triggers other tags, which in turn may collect data. Google Tag Manager does not access this data. If deactivation has been made at the domain or cookie level, it remains for all tracking tags implemented with Google Tag Manager.

Order processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for an order data agreement and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.


Third-party cookies

Some websites and applications feature content and services from other providers, which may use their own cookies and active components. We have no influence on the way these providers process personal data. Please see the websites of these providers to find out about how they handle your data.


Plugins and Tools - Google Web Fonts

This site uses so-called web fonts, provided by Google, for the uniform representation of fonts. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. To do this, the browser you use must connect to Google's servers. As a result, Google learns that our website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a consistent and attractive presentation of our online services. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. If your browser does not support web fonts, a default font will be used by your computer. More information about Google Web Fonts can be found at and in Google's Privacy Policy:



Our website uses functions (“plug-ins”) from the social network, which is run by Facebook Inc., Palo Alto, California, USA. The plug-ins are activated when you click the corresponding button. By activating this plug-in, you are connecting to Facebook and consenting to the transmission of your data to Facebook. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to our websites to your Facebook account. If you click the button, the relevant information from your browser will be sent straight to Facebook and stored there. You can find out about the purpose and scope of Facebook’s data collection, further processing and use of your data by Facebook, and your related rights and setting options for protecting your privacy by reading Facebook’s privacy policy. If you do not want Facebook to assign visits to our websites to your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.



Our website uses functions (“plug-ins”) from the XING social network, which is run by XING AG, Hamburg, Germany. XING is a business network that enables members to manage their contacts and to find new contacts. When you call up these websites, a direct connection between your browser and the XING server is made via a plug-in. This means that XING receives information that you have visited our websites with your IP address. If you are logged in to your XING account, you can link content from our website with your XING profile. XING can then assign the visit to our websites to your user account. You can find out about the purpose and scope of the data collection, further processing and use of your data by XING, and your related rights and setting options for protecting your privacy by reading XING’s privacy policy.



Our website uses plug-ins of the social network LinkedIn from the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (in the following called “LinkedIn”). The LinkedIn plug-ins are indicated by the LinkedIn logo or the “Recommend button” on our website. When you visit our site, the plug in creates a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. This informs LinkedIn that you have visited our website using your IP address. When you click on the LinkedIn “Recommend button” while logged in to your LinkedIn account, you can link content from our website to your LinkedIn profile. In this way, LinkedIn allocates your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out that, as the owner of the website, we are not informed about the content of the data transferred or its use by LinkedIn. See the LinkedIn Privacy Policy for details of data collection (purpose, extent, further processing, use) as well as your rights and setting options.


Linkedin Insight Tag

Our website uses the LinkedIn Insight Tag conversion tool provided by LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company. This tool will create a cookie in your web browser, which will detect the following data: IP address, device and browser properties, and page events (e.g., page views) and others. These data are encrypted, anonymized within seven days and the anonymized data is deleted within 90 days. LinkedIn does not share personalised data with KOCH, but provides anonymous reports about the website's audience and campaign performance. In addition, LinkedIn offers the possibility of a retargeting via the Insight Tag. Using this data, KOCH can display targeted advertising outside its website without being identified as a website visitor. For more information on LinkedIn privacy, visit the LinkedIn privacy policy.

LinkedIn members can control the use of their personal information for advertising purposes in their account settings. To disable the Insight Tag on our website ("opt-out"), click here.


Use of YouTube components with enhanced data protection mode

On our website we use components (videos) of YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, a company belonging to Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To this end, we use the “ – enhanced data protection mode – ” option provided by YouTube.
When you display a page that has an embedded video, a connection will be made to the YouTube server and the content will appear on the website via a communication to your browser.

According to the information provided by YouTube, in “ – enhanced data protection mode -”, data is only transferred to the YouTube server, in particular which of our websites you have visited, if you watch the video. If you are logged onto YouTube at the same time, this information will be matched to your YouTube member account. You can prevent this from happening by logging out of your member account before visiting our website.

Further information about data protection by YouTube is provided by Google under the following link:


General information on cookies

Internet websites use cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer in any way and do not contain any malware like viruses. Cookies serve the purpose to make our offer user-friendly, more effectively and safer. Cookies are small text files which are saved locally on the clipboard of the internet browser of the person visiting the site.

Most of the cookies used by us are so-called session cookies. They are deleted automatically after your visit. Other cookies remain on your computer until you delete them. These cookies allow us to identify you when you visit our website again.

You can set your browser to always inform you about established cookies, to decide case by case if you accept the cookies or generally not accept the cookies.


Information on contact form

If you contact us via the contact form we will store your information and personal data for the purpose of your enquiry and for the case of questions. We will not hand out these data to third parties without your acceptance.


Advertising Information

The use of contact information published due to the disclaimer requirement for the sending of advertisements and information that was not expressly requested is hereby precluded. The operators of the website reserve themselves expressly legal steps in the case of unsolicited forwarding of advertisement information, e.g. as spam mail.



You will be asked to consent to the use of your personal data to receive our newsletter as follows:

“I have read the privacy policy and I give my consent to data being processed by a service provider located in the United States”.

We use the newsletter to provide you with regular updates about our offers. To receive our newsletter, you will need a valid email address. We will then check the email address entered to ensure that you are actually its owner or if its owner has agreed to receive our newsletter. By registering for the newsletter, we will save your IP address and date and time of registration. This will be used in case a third party misuses your email address to subscribe to our newsletter without your knowledge.
We will not compare the data collected during newsletter registration with any other data that might be collected by other components of our site.

We use MailChimp to send our newsletter to our subscribers. MailChimp is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.
The data stored when you registered for the newsletter (email address, name, IP address, and time and date of registration) will be sent to a server operated by The Rocket Science Group in the United States and stored there in accordance with the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Further information about the data protection offered by MailChimp can be found at:

Further information about the EU-US Privacy Shield can be found at:

You may cancel your newsletter subscription and revoke your consent to the storage of this data at any time with future effect. For instructions to take this step, please refer to the confirmation email and each newsletter.


Data transfer

When you subscribe to our newsletter, your name and E-Mail will be transferred SSL-protected to MailChimp. As long as you don't subscribe to the newsletter no data will be transferred to MailChimp.

Right to revoke permission
Permission for the collection and storage of your data can be revoked at any time with respect to subsequent services. You can revoke permission for the collection, processing and use of your personal data at any time with respect to subsequent services. In this case, please contact us via the address specified in our imprint or via Personal data is deleted if you revoke permission for its storage, if your personal data is no longer required for the purpose for which it was originally stored, or if storage is no longer permissible for other legal reasons. This does not affect data required for billing and accounting purposes, or that has to be stored for legal reasons.



KOCH implements technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data against unintentional or unlawful deletion, alteration or loss as well as unauthorized disclosure or access.


Use of external links

Our website contains links to other websites. KOCH is not responsible for the data protection policies or the content of other websites.



For information, suggestions and complaints regarding the processing of your personal data, please refer to the contact address specified in our imprint. Should incorrect information be stored, despite our efforts to ensure that the data stored is accurate, we will correct this information at your request.


Adaptation of the privacy policy

Please note that if necessary we can or must make adjustments to this information in accordance with Art. 13/14 DSGVO for data processing. The current version of this information according to Art 13/14 DSGVO can be found on our homepage at any time.

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