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Eleti Lighting Germany—We produce LED lighting

Eleti Lighting Germany---We produce LED lighting

Eleti Lighting Germany—We produce LED lighting

ABOUT ELETI
We produce LED lighting and we are unique global manufacturer and distributor of LED lighting in the world. Our advantages are reflected precisely in our ability to adapt our products to the specifics of various countries, areas and regions around the world, as well as to the specific needs, requirements and wishes of our customers and partners from different parts and countries.

OUR PURPOSE, VISION AND MISSION
To globally contribute to ecology and environmental sustainability in terms of the absence of harmful and toxic substances such as mercury, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation and by way of multiple energy savings, reliability and resistance with respect to other light sources and adapt to each market, to all conditions, requirements and specificities of our customers and partners from the various countries of our global world.

Our purpose, vision and mission
What we do
WHAT WE DO
We produce LED lighting and we are unique global manufacturer and distributor of LED lighting in the world. All of our LED products can be customized and modified in accordance with specific conditions, needs, requirements and wishes of our clients and partners throughout our global world. Our concern for the preservation of human health and the sustainable environment is our mission because our LED lighting ensures minimal heat radiation where there is no phase oscillation that harms human eyes, providing protection from ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation, energy-saving in each household company up to 90% and they are reliable and resistant compared to the other sources of light.

OUR EXPERIENCE
We have a ten-year global experience in the production, distribution, and design of LED lighting in terms of offering superior quality that relates to energy savings, low operating temperature which protects against fire, instant light, non-radiation, durability of our products and satisfying all environmental aspects, and in terms of meeting the most diverse needs and specific requirements in the aspects of design and the desired light temperature of LED lighting of all our products, all in order to satisfy the most exacting tastes and styles of our clients and partners around the world.

Eleti Lighting Germany produce LED lighting and we are unique global manufacturer and distributor of LED lighting in the world. Our advantages are reflected precisely in our ability to adapt our products to the specifics of various countries, areas and regions around the world, as well as to the specific needs, requirements and wishes of our customers and partners from different parts and countries.

Contact
Eleti Lighting Germany
Dragan Mandic
Völcker Straße 10
80939 München
Phone: +49 15171974712
E-Mail: draganmandic@eletilighting.com
Url: http://www.eletilighting.com

Politics Law Society

EGC upholds declaration of invalidity with respect to a design

EGC upholds declaration of invalidity with respect to a design

EGC upholds declaration of invalidity with respect to a design

In a ruling from March 14, 2018, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) upheld a declaration of invalidity with respect to a design. The reason: the design had already been made publicly available before its registration.

A design encapsulates a product“s appearance; its shape, its pattern, its colour. Registering a design serves to protect the design itself as well as the work put into it from counterfeiting. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that in order for a design to be registered it needs to be distinct from other designs that are already well-known. The General Court of the European Union recently upheld a declaration of invalidity with respect to the registration of a design because it had already been made available to the public prior to its registration (Az.: T-651/16).

According to a regulation of the European Union, a Community design is capable of being protected if it is new and has individual character. A design is deemed not to be new if, among other reasons, it was made publicly available prior to the 12 months preceding the date of priority claimed. An exception is that the relevant professional circles within the EU could not have been aware of it.

In the instant case, a US company had applied in November of 2004 to have a Community design registered for shoes and in doing so claimed priority from a patent application submitted in the USA on May 28, 2004.

In 2013, a French company applied to have the design declared invalid on the basis that it was not new. It argued that the design in question had already been made available to the public prior to May 28, 2003. As such, it was claimed that the design had been known to the public for more than the 12 months prior to the patent application. In 2016, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) declared the design invalid on account of its lack of novelty.

The EGC upheld the decision. It ruled that the design had been made available to the public prior to May 28, 2003. The Court went on to note that it was not necessary for the disclosure to have taken place within the EU.

A design is distinct from a protected trademark. It is possible for trademark rights to be violated even if there is merely the potential for confusion with the protected product. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of intellectual property law can offer advice.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/intellectual-property-law-and-trademark-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

English Press Releases

MainConcept Extends Codec and Format for Full Streaming Support of GENESIX VideoServer V9

Industry-leading MainConcept® SDKs enable multi-codec support like HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264 and multiplexing as well as packaging for HLS and DASH content to STRYME“s flagship product

MainConcept Extends Codec and Format for Full Streaming Support of GENESIX VideoServer V9

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AACHEN, GERMANY – September 06, 2018 – MainConcept, a leading provider of video codec technology, today announced that they have licensed their professional HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Part 2 SDKs to STRYME for their broadcast GENESIX VideoServer V9. Supporting up to 16 channels simultaneously, STRYME additionally integrated the MainConcept HLS / MPEG-DASH Multiplexing & Packaging SDKs for OTT content generation, and the MainConcept RTP, RTSP, RTMP Network Server and Client SDKs for receiving and distributing content using this powerful, yet cost-effective, video server.
GENESIX is STRYME“s high-tech all-in-one multi-channel 2U video server for broadcast professionals and live productions. For up to 16 channels simultaneously in real time, GENESIX“s state-of-the-art technology is best for first-class sport, news and studio productions. Ingest, Playout and Media Asset Management are part of the basic configuration.
The MainConcept Codec, Converter and Scaler Packs are responsible for encoding, decoding and processing every format and every codec in GENESIX V9 from HD up to 4K UHD. The integration of the MainConcept AVC/H.264, as well as the next generation distribution codec HEVC/H.265, makes STRYME“s broadcast flagship product ready for future-proof OTT streaming. Combined with the MainConcept HLS and DASH Multiplexing & Packaging SDKs, the GENESIX VideoServer covers the complete chain of adaptive streaming format creation, including playlist and manifest file generation. Redesigned to ingeniously ingest every format and every codec – used today and still to come – the GENESIX VideoServer V9 sets new standards.
„The multitude of different MainConcept SDK components cover every aspect of the professional broadcast production workflow ranging from ingest, decoding and processing to encoding and delivery, fulfilling the major requirement of handling every codec and every format in use today,“ said Deacon Johnson, SVP Global Sales – Technology Licensing for MainConcept. „Being the driving force under the hood in STRYME“s broadcast video server, with our renowned HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 codec for up to UHD content, provides highest speed in extraordinary quality processing multiple channels in a live scenario.“
„With STRYME you are in terms of price and technology ahead of your competition without worrying about technical specifications or error-proneness, allowing you to focus on what matters most,“ stated STRYME CTO Clemens Czepe. „It“s not about offering the latest industry features – we do that anyway -, but about meeting our users“ expectations. Just experience how STRYME simplifies and automates your daily working processes,“ added Goce Zdravkoski, STRYME CEO.
For further information on STRYME“s GENESIX VideoServer V9, please visit http://www.stryme.com/genesix/
The MainConcept HEVC/H.265 SDK and other exciting packages are available for immediate testing now. Contact us for a free evaluation trial.

About STRYME
STRYME is an innovative video server manufacturer for broadcasters, telcos companies and cable MSOs. The Austrian market leader is known for uncompromising quality and reliable sport, live and news production solutions that simplify, speed up and optimize daily workflows. STRYME is a trusted industry partner and has implemented projects on a global scale for well-known customers since 2005.

About MainConcept
MainConcept is a leading provider of video codec technology, ranging in offerings from software development kits, transcoding applications and plugins serving professional video production, multimedia, broadcast, digital signage, medical, and security industries. Our engineering and development teams focus solely on creating encoding and decoding components for video and audio content, enabling us to provide best of breed solutions to our customers. In addition to outstanding products, our attention to detail and devotion to customer support and satisfaction is geared to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of even the most demanding customers. MainConcept is headquartered in Aachen, Germany and is a subsidiary of NeuLion, LLC. For more information about MainConcept, visit www.mainconcept.com

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Press Contact: Thomas Kramer | thomas.kramer@neulion.com | +49 241 401080

MainConcept is a leading provider of video codec technology, ranging in offerings from software development kits, transcoding applications and plugins serving professional video production, multimedia, broadcast, digital signage, medical, and security industries. Our engineering and development teams focus solely on creating encoding and decoding components for video and audio content, enabling us to provide best of breed solutions to our customers. In addition to outstanding products, our attention to detail and devotion to customer support and satisfaction is geared to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of even the most demanding customers.

Company-Contact
MainConcept GmbH
Philipp Harmuth
Elisabethstr. 1
52062 Aachen
Phone: 0241 4010843
E-Mail: philipp.harmuth@neulion.com
Url: http://www.mainconcept.com

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MainConcept
Philipp Harmuth
Elisabethstr. 1
52062 Aachen
Phone: 0241 4010843
E-Mail: philipp.harmuth@neulion.com
Url: http://www.mainconcept.com

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WORTLAND – language school that will give you confidence in speaking correctly as well as in understanding others“ dialects and ways of speaking

How confident do you feel when you speak to people in other countries or from different regions of your own country? If you feel 100% competent, we must congratulate you, as many professional and personal situations can demand optimal language compet

WORTLAND - language school that will give you confidence in speaking correctly as well as in understanding others" dialects and ways of speaking

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Language is a creative feature of all mankind. The languages of our world are a complex system in which sounds and characters or letters are connected to build words which become units that create a sentence. Our languages are dynamic and ever changing, but the main purpose is always to communicate with each other. Dialects provide an additional challenging element in this complex mixture. Language is our means of expressing our feelings and our thoughts, a unique system of communicating which is unique to our human species. We interviewed Carmen Maria Beck (CMB), the owner of the language school Wortland in Munich. She is an expert in language, communication and dialects, who offers us valuable insights.

IW: Communication is not always easy. What are the most common pitfalls?

CMB: Whoever needs to communicate, whether professionally or in their private lives, may well have to deal with dialects and accents which are quite foreign to them. This is one of the first barriers to effective communication. Supposedly, most are able to speak the prevailing language, yet it is a challenge to understand regional accents and to be able to communicate with those in very different regions.

IW: You are saying that communication difficulties do not only originate in speaking with foreigners, but within your own language and your own country?

CMB: Indeed. Dialects and accents can be enchanting and fun, but not always helpful when we are navigating waters outside our home territory.

My father was a teacher who witnessed the difficulties dialects can bring. He took his class from the Schwabian part of Bavaria on a school outing to Munich, a mere 100 km away. A resident of Munich asked where they were from, as not one word the youngsters spoke was comprehensible to him. Were they from Holland or from Switzerland? The Munich resident was astounded to learn that the class lived less than an hour away. If these youngsters looked for a job and were only able to speak their dialect, they would be limited to a small area of some 50 km in which their way of speaking would be understandable. Within their own country and their own language!

IW: This sounds like a situation which many of us have experienced.

CMB: Regional differences in language need not always lead to massive difficulties in understanding. There are many degrees of variation from the primary language of a country, varying from accent to vocabulary to differing sentence structures and idioms. Even minor variations may, however, cause misunderstandings. The bakery server who expects to hear the local dialectical form of „pretzel“ may not understand what the customer means when they use their own local expression for the same item. The syllables which are spoken simply do not have the intended meaning to him or her. Accents from completely different languages in other countries are even more challenging. A French speaker may receive quite a surprising bakery item due to the server“s clueless interpretation of his or her pronounced accent. Obviously, it is essential to pay attention to clear standard pronunciation, as well as to be aware of the ways the local dialect differs from the most common form of the language. Those who are unfamiliar with the region are well advised to enquire of the locals as to their form of pronunciation. This can be rewarding, both in getting to know the residents and in learning about their culture.

IW: How can dialect then be brought into alignment with the prevailing language of the country?

CMB: In order to be able to pronounce words properly, it is vital to hear the words properly. Only by hearing the differences is it possible to reproduce the unfamiliar sounds. This, of course, takes practice and awareness. Each situation determines whether a dialect is a sign of cultural identity or a disruption in communication. Ideally, we should be able to adjust our speech to whatever the situation calls for. My own regional way of speaking is suitable for my family members and with those who come from my region. Yet business situations with those from other areas require me to speak clearly in a way they can best understand, with a mere trace of my original dialect. Training in clear communication need not aim to eliminate our regional twang so that we all sound the same. An accent which does not interfere with getting our message across can be charming, distinctive and a natural part of our personality.

IW: How can the professional who wants to be successful in their career best deal with accents and dialects in the various regions they are responsible for?

CMB: Of course, speakers of strong dialect who do not adjust their way of speaking will be restricted in their careers if they plan to do business outside their own region. Research has shown that northern Germans view the slower, more modulated way of speaking of southern Germans as an indication of the slowness of southern German intellect. Correspondingly, southern Germans view the lack of these qualities in the faster northern German speech as a sign of arrogance and dominance. Thus, those who are professionally active in the whole country should take care to use a standard version of the language which will not excite biased reactions to regional differences. Naturally, those who are at ease with their own regional identity and who project confidence and authenticity will be taken seriously by their business partners. Dialect may be a part of who we are, yet it has its limits. Even politicians with strong regional accents have reduced them to a level which is slightly distinctive, but not foreign or disruptive.

IW: What is your advice, drawn from your many years of experience, for those who must speak with, or in front of, others?

CMB: If they want to avoid misunderstandings and avoid making a bad impression, a training in dealing with dialects and regional variations would be important. The skills required to show their language and social competence can be practised and learned. They can learn how to distinguish sounds and how to produce the right sounds to be effective and successful in their communication. Rhetoric and attention to proper speaking is not only necessary for actors, but for anyone who needs to speak clearly and forcefully to persuade others in their profession. It is best to start right away to become familiar with the prevailing language as well as to have a few regional expressions on call for specific situations. Bavarians and Tyrolleans alike love to hear a beloved expression which is meaningful to them. However, if the dialect is misrepresented, it is better to remain in the standard form of the language. Nothing is worse than a bad imitation of the original. The most important thing is to have the confidence to take advantage of professional help. The one language that all people love best is the language they understand best!

Thank you, Carmen Maria Beck, for your insights in the world of languages!

WORTLAND
Sprach- und Kommunikationstraining
Pettenkoferstraße 44 – 80336 München

Contact
WORTLAND Sprach- und Kommunikationstraining
Carmen-Maria Beck
Pettenkoferstraße 44
80336 80336 München
Phone: 089 – 12 19 23 29
Fax: 089 – 12 19 23 30
E-Mail: contact@wortland.com
Url: https://www.wortland.com/

Politics Law Society

BGH on managing directors“ liability for competition violations

BGH on managing directors“ liability for competition violations

BGH on managing directors" liability for competition violations

Managing directors may be liable for their company“s violations of competition law. Having said that, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, has severely limited managing directors“ liability (Az.: I ZR 242/12).

Under earlier case law, the liability of managing directors in the event of competition violations was interpreted more broadly. Liability was a serious prospect even if the managing director became aware of competition violations committed by employees but made no effort to stop them. In a ruling from June 18, 2014, the BGH distanced itself from this precedent. In doing so, we at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that it significantly reduced the scope of managing directors“ liability for violations of competition law.

According to this ruling, managing directors shall only be personally liable for unfair trading practices if they were either actively involved or ought to have prevented the competition violations because of an affirmative obligation to act pursuant to the general principles of tort law. The BGH held that a managing director“s status as an executive body and general responsibility for business operations do not by themselves give rise to a duty on his or her part towards external third parties to prevent violations of competition law. However, personal liability shall still apply if the managing director personally commits or orders the competition violation in question.

While the managing director“s duty to manage the business in a prudent manner was said to encompass ensuring that legal infringements such as competition violations do not occur, the BGH went on to say that this duty exists only in relation to the company and not external third parties. In the case of general liability, this would impose an almost incalculable risk on the managing director.

This judgement does not fundamentally preclude personal liability on the part of managing directors in the event of competition violations but rather limits its scope. Liability on the part of a managing director requires that the competition violation be based on conduct that can be blamed on the managing director. By way of example, the BGH cited unlawful use of a company name or a company“s general approach to advertising and marketing, matters which would normally be decided at an executive level by managing directors.

It is possible for managing directors to be faced with liability vis-à-vis their company. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of company law can serve as an expert point of contact when it comes to issues pertaining to managing directors“ liability.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/company-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Engineering

Prototyping for an assured process conversion

From brazing and welding processes to efficient forming processes

Prototyping for an assured process conversion

transfluid has expanded its prototyping department significantly (Source: transfluid)

With all types of tubing systems, the technique used for connecting the tubes plays an important role, no matter which sector you look at, as first of all it allows you to produce certain products and also to achieve the required high quality. Another crucial aspect of the connection techniques is the nature of the connecting components. These are still often welded or brazed on. transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH has developed forming solutions as a more effective and cheaper alternative, which make even complex geometries in connection technology possible.

Tests: forming geometries replace machined components
There was a need for testing facilities that could provide evidence that a component can be made using forming technology. Using the idea of „learning by doing“ it is possible to eliminate the risks by running appropriate tests. To be able to do that, the Solutions-Team at transfluid has increased its manufacturing and production area and re-designed their prototyping department. „We are seeing an increasing need among our customer for this testing. We build up the evidence through targeted tests, showing that components that in the past were machined, and therefore expensive, can now be produced through technical forming of geometries“, says Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid. The prototyping team keeps a close eye on extreme shapes, but also on specific materials, which are often found in weight-reducing builds in the automotive industry, in order to improve processes in collaboration with our clients.

Cutting, bending, forming
In this case the focus is to create a prototype that is part of the whole process. During these comprehensive tests, the tubes can be cut without generating chips, bent and also formed, all as per customer request. Therefore, all the necessary high-tech systems from transfluid are available in the testing department: an automated machine for orbital cutting, a right-/left-hand bending machine, a robot (in order to bend components after the forming, with modified robots, as per requirements) and various systems for tool-dependent axial forming or also tool-independent CNC-rolling forming. The CNC-controlled rolling tube forming in particular can be introduced with great efficiency and impressive results.

The component is adapted to meet the client“s exact requirements, both technically, visually and according to the technical drawings. Before any test is started the technical department at transfluid will choose a range of materials, which will then be validated in the tests. By doing so, the client“s own production units remain productive in the meantime and moreover, their skilled colleagues will remain completely available and the entire prototyping process remains in the hands of experienced transfluid engineers, as Stefanie Flaeper points out: „We make our know-how, our machines and our engineers available to our clients. That way, their workflow remains uninterrupted, while we deliver the results of the process optimization in parallel.“ If the tested component complies with all functionality requirements and is inspected and approved by the customer, the customer will receive the prototype, as well as all the data for the forming modifications. The client can then verify in his own assembly processes, whether the changes in the manufacturing process still meet the requirements to the full and is able to initiate the optimization with confidence.

transfluid at EuroBLECH 2018: Hall 11 / Stand E02

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: http://www.psv-marketing.de

Business Economy Finances

Quarry for sale: How does that work?

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Quarry for sale: How does that work?

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Quarry for sale: How does that work?

Imagine: you own a quarry and you want to get rid of it. But for a nice price. Where do you find the right buyer for this rather separate type of real estate? USAPRESS asked Markus Balke, the man behind quarryforsale.net, the only global sales platform for quarries and pits.
The German Markus Balke has been active in the global natural stone sector for more than 25 years, both in processing and sales. Since 2010 he has served as CEO of Balke & Partners, a worldwide network of experts (geologists, engineers, financial experts, …) who provide services to nature quarries and producers. Quarryforsale.net has been active since 2015.

The reason to sell a quarry is not because it is not profitable. Why then?
„A typical situation is this. The owner is seventy years old and has two daughters; one is in banking and the other in real estate. And suddenly he realize that: high time to sell! And if your quarry works only locally or nationally and you do not have international contacts, it will be difficult. Especially if you do not want to let your local competitors know …

Now, many are initially hoping and trusting in a local business real estate expert. But, of course, potential buyers have of course been sown very thinly. And the chance that the right international investor is just browsing around on the site of a local real estate broker is extremely small. That is when searching for a needle in a haystack. So if you try it that way, you really have to be very lucky. Sometimes sellers wait a year or two, or they take the quarry off the market for a while and then try again. In the end, many end up with us. „

We suspect that the paperwork for this type of transaction is not completed in one two three.
„We do require a number of documents for our pre-evaluation: test reports of the stone, mining licenses, inventory of tools, financial reports over a period of three years … The people of the quarries sometimes need six months to even one year to to get everything on the table. But the two most important documents, for us, are the official estimation of the value, and the geological report, carried out by an international expert, who has been recognized by international investment groups or international banks. This gives the sellers the reassurance that they do not sell below the market value, and gives the investor a realistic picture of the intrinsic value. If you necessarily want to continue without ‚g-report‘ and independent estimation, your chances of selling, in our experience, are less than 5%. „

Did a quarry actually sell smoothly today?
„Most of what we advertise is sold. If quarries are published on website, they have already gone through a whole procedure. Because every day we get ten people on the line who have something to sell, but sometimes they have totally unrealistic expectations. They do not send documentation, only a picture of a huge mountain in remote areas, with a little bit of marble to see and they would have liked 15 million dollars! But the serious ones, we get that sold. Not always easy: sometimes there are difficult ownership structures with 50-60% in the hands of shareholders, and some want this and the others. We are taking everything! „
Is the market in quarries completely international? Or sell Spanish more likely to Spanish?
„All depends on it. If we sell a quarry in Spain, the chance is actually very small that it is also bought by Spanish investors. On the other hand, in the US the chance of an American investor is very high. But the most decisive element is not the location, but the rock. The world’s most popular material is white marble, so if you sell a quarry, the investor can come from anywhere. If, on the other hand, you offer a niche material, such as African blue sodalith, you will only be able to count on the interest of the Italians in particular, as well as a few Chinese and possibly a Saudi investors. „

In Europe there were many quarries in the last twenty years that closed or reduced their production. All due to the low price politics of Asian natural stone?
„It was also about inability to adapt to the world market. That was mainly a problem in countries like Spain or Greece. There they had a very strong national market, and when the economy shrank, everything immediately collapsed. They were totally not geared to international business: they did not have the contacts, did not speak a word of English, replied to your mail only after a week – if you were lucky. In any case, it was not the quality of their products, it was a question of marketing. „

But you see opportunities for European quarries again?
„We are currently experiencing high demand for quarries in the US and Europe. You also see that Spain and Portugal are currently almost sold out. When it went difficult, they reduced their production by 30%, and now they can not keep up! It has undoubtedly to do with the developments in China, where environmental grooving, increased transport and labor costs in the Fuijian province, where most Chinese natural stone comes from, last year already 500 grooves were closed. We expect, over the next two years, a price increase of the Chinese natural stone by thirty to forty percent. And then the competition becomes feasible again for the European natural stone. We already see that architects prescribe European natural stone more and more. Price remains important, but if preices are not more than ten percent above it, it will be doable. This slightly higher price is acceptable, considering the problems that have been with Chinese natural stone lately: discoloration, lack of resistance, delivery time, quality etc. Plus you have to pay everything in advance and if something goes wrong, you cannot experct reimbursement by chinese companies. You lose your money and your reputation. „

Can we then expect quarries that open and flourish as before?
„Well, that will not happen ober nigth. There is a need for people who invest in local quarries. And then indeed we can see quarries open again in Spain and Portugal, but also in Belgium or France. If you invest in modern production facilities, then you have a chance again. I see a lot of potential in the European natural stone market in the next ten years! „

Go niche!
Markus Balke does more than mediate in quarry sales alone. Balke & Partners are stone experts since many years and also do product development. „We always encourage natural stone producers to invest in niche markets. Because this immediately boosts your profits. If your plan is to sell the most common colors and sizes at the usual sales points; Well, that is actually a recipe for disaster. That is why we put together various experts (engineers and geologists, for example), also from outside the natural stone industry. Because the natural stone industry is sometimes looking for solutions that have already been found. This is how we push companies to develop new technologies. You can already have natural stone from 2 to 5mm by 200 / 300cm. And we can now even produce veneer stone in marble and granite, where previously it was only possible in slate. This with a thickness of 0.5 to 1mm. This is a world record! And it makes it possible to deliver large surfaces, even if a quarry is small with limited production. „

Different customers
Most buyers with whom Markus Balke collaborates are lured by the 15 to 30% profit margin that a modern stone quarry can produce. But there are others too. „There are a few people out there who really have the virus of the natural stone firmly, so they want to live in a quarry,“ laughs Markus Balke. „And then we try to offer it, even though the quarries are usually located in remote areas, and not by the sea, where these people prefer to live. The surface is also an issue: 100 are of course quite problematic for this type of use. We have recently also received requests from investment groups that want to transform quarries into resorts, hotels, lakes etc. BMW also has an SUV test zone in a quarry and Redbull has a quarry for climbing and extreme motor sports. But this is all extremely exceptional; maybe 1% of the market „.

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August Sander: Masterpieces – Photographs from „People of the 20th Century“

Exhibition is featuring over 150 original photographs | Press tour on Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m.

August Sander: Masterpieces - Photographs from "People of the 20th Century"

August Sander: Young Farmers, 1914 (Source: © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur)

Press tour: Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m. (Please register for the press by sending an informal e-mail to pr@sk-kultur.de)

Opening and award ceremony for Francesco Neri: Thursday, 6 September, 7 p.m.
The exhibition will be on view from 7 September 2018 to 27 January 2019.

The current exhibition, featuring over 150 original photographs and numerous documents shown in display cases, presents a representative cross-section of the „People of the 20th Century“ project.

The portraits from August Sander“s epochal work are not only of fundamental importance for the history of photography; they are also highly exciting objects of study – masterpieces for anyone who has an unsentimental, unbiased love of people and life; who likes to ask questions about the past and gather experiences for the future; who has a passion for looking, discovering, fantasizing, and analyzing: How do the people portrayed appear to us today? How did they spend their lives? What delighted or shocked them? What experiences left a mark on their faces, their hands, their physiognomy? What can they share with us from their own bygone world and times? How did Sander manage to meet and talk to so many different people, and to entice them into posing for a picture? What does the photographic material convey to us today – at a time when hardly any photographs are developed in the darkroom anymore and a kind of magic has thus been lost? What does time and manual craft mean for artistic engagement?

Viewed together, the people August Sander (1876-1964) depicted in such an objective yet dignified and personal manner unfold a whole cosmos that brings history to life. Looking at Sander“s photographs challenges us to search for similarities, differences, and comparable qualities. They summon memories of accounts from the past, render tangible transformations in people“s living conditions and way of life; we see occupations that have changed, which no longer exist or have been replaced; developments or events in society are made more vivid to us, as are changing pictorial styles and artistic aesthetics.

And yet apart from the referential character of Sander“s photographs, their historical relevance and inspirational force, qualities that have been highlighted by renowned authors such as Walter Benjamin, Alfred Döblin, Golo Mann, and Kurt Tucholsky, the pictures depict very concrete moments and display individually a remarkable degree of aesthetic quality. They compellingly demonstrate Sander“s knack at capturing reality and his eye for composing specific details into lifelike documentary photographs. Being able to experience this quality up close based on August Sander“s original handmade prints is a real privilege and something that can only be made possible on this scale in rare cases due to the conservation requirements of these so-called vintage prints.

August Sander first presented his project „People of the 20th Century“ in 1927 at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. He had selected more than 110 prints, a group that, as far as can be reconstructed, largely diverges from the current presentation, let alone the fact that several different prints of individual motifs were and are in circulation. Since Sander developed the project or – as he called it – his cultural work „People of the 20th Century“ between circa 1925 and 1955, i.e., over the course of three decades, also incorporating motifs he had produced from 1892 onwards, his stock of original prints and portfolios had grown immensely by the end of his life. Within his archive, this group of works forms a kind of cache from which the photographer drew freely for exhibitions and publications. This was a uniquely innovative approach in his day. Sander“s awareness of the exponential effect of image series as opposed to individual images made him a pioneer of conceptual photography, as did his resolute use of an unmanipulated, factual reproduction of his chosen motifs. His portraits were meant to underline his documentary approach and to do without any artistic embellishments while nonetheless manifesting a fine-tuned and restrained design.

Sander endeavored with his extensive portrait work to show a cross-section of the population, including people practicing different occupations and from various walks of life and generations – a mirror of his times. This intention is echoed in the title of his first book, Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time), published in 1929. The indirectly expressed face of the time as well as individual physiognomies were the focus of the photographer“s undivided attention for decades.

To give form to his growing compendium, Sander created a concept in the mid-1920s for naming most of the image groups and portfolios that were at the center of his work. The groups are called: „The Farmer,“ „The Skilled Tradesman,“ „The Woman,“ „Classes and Professions,“ „The Artists,“ „The City,“ and „The Last People.“ The latter, perhaps misleading, term stands for a series of pictures that respectfully show people on the fringes of society. Sander“s concept at the time, which proposed a sequential arrangement of groups and portfolios, is also followed in the current exhibition, drawing on single images or groups of representative prints from the corresponding portfolios.

Most of the photographs come from the August Sander Archive, which Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur acquired in 1992, thus laying the cornerstone for the Cologne photography collection“s further development. These works from the archive are joined in the show by exclusive loans of originals from the Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, as well as from major private collections.

Accompanying the exhibition is the catalogue August Sander – Meisterwerke/Masterpieces, published in German and English by the Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This is the first publication on the photographer to feature original prints reproduced in their authentic tonality and with original cropping. Digital data obtained by scanning the originals were coordinated according to many different factors and then printed in four colors. Gabriele Conrath-Scholl has written a catalogue essay that explores in depth how „People of the 20th Century“ developed over time, adding a new chapter to the discourse on August Sander“s oeuvre, which has played a central role in the program of the Munich publishing house ever since it published Sander“s „Rheinlandschaften“ in 1975, followed by numerous additional titles.

Also on view:

A Look at the Collection: Hugo Erfurth – Pictures
An exhibition presented by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, in Room 2

Most of the portraits that survive from the studio of Hugo Erfurth (1874-1948) hark back in style to the era of art photography. This artistically motivated photographic approach, also known as Pictorialism, flourished at the end of the 19th century until around 1914. The photographers aimed to create exquisitely designed compositions, which were further refined using special manual and technical interventions. High-quality and extremely elaborate printing processes were used, allowing the photographer to apply painterly touches. Borrowing from painting in this way helped give the photographs a more exalted appearance, an impression further enhanced by printing them as large pictures to hang on the wall. The expressive motifs given such lofty treatment were imbued with symbolism and emotion – sometimes verging on the melodramatic. Prominent figures in society were honored with fine photographic prints, or such pictures would be commissioned for special occasions. With the advent of new technical possibilities for the medium in the 1920s and a return to pure documentary photography, the techniques of Pictorialism declined in popularity.

Regardless of the latest trends, however, Hugo Erfurth persisted in producing most of his motifs as art prints. He was particularly adept at the oil printing process, and his studio turned out some truly exquisite pieces. After initially focusing on genre photography and landscape, Erfurth increasingly specialized in portraits, at first primarily of family members. After acquiring and moving into the palace of Count Lüttichau in the center of Dresden in 1906, Erfurth“s studio developed into a prestigious focal point of the city“s cultural life. His portrait clients included nobles and members of bourgeois society and the military, as well as artists. The present exhibition includes engaging portraits of Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, and Richard Riemerschmid. Interestingly enough, some of these figures also posed for August Sander – resulting in likenesses of a very different kind. While Sander had also produced work indebted to the ideas of art photography, after the First World War he increasingly turned away from that style in his independent artistic work. Only relatively few, but nonetheless enlightening, examples of photographs by him in this mode survive today.

The exhibition devoted to Hugo Erfurth is a continuation of the cooperation launched in 2018 between the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. The photographs on display come from the holdings of both institutions, supplemented by loans from the Deutsche Fotothek Dresden. A booklet with a text by Adelheid Komenda will be published for the show.

2018 August Sander Award-Winner:
Francesco Neri – Farmers, Photographs from 2009-2018
(Rooms 3 and 4)

The first winner of the August Sander Award, launched in 2018, will be the subject of a special exhibition. Francesco Neri (b. 1982) is presenting the series that impressed the jury: „Farmers.“ Born in the town of Faenza in northern Italy, the artist began producing a photographic account of rural agricultural life in his home region in 2009, centering mostly on portraiture. His project gave rise to sensitive and yet plainly documentary portraits of farmers, whom Neri photographed in the settings where they live and work. Most of the pictures were taken outdoors in a garden or field, sometimes with a house or farmyard visible in the background. The atmosphere is shaped by restrained colors and light, putting the individuals at the center of the composition. They look out at the viewer with open gazes, without any exaggerated poses or evident shyness in front of the camera.

The show comprises 70 photographs, most of them making their debut here and some being exhibited together for the first time. Francesco Neri, who studied at the Ravenna Art Academy with Guido Guidi, displays his pictures as contact prints, taken either with black-and-white or color film. The prints measure 8 x 10 inches, or approx. 20 x 25 cm, and are produced using a large-format camera.
A booklet with a text by Claudia Schubert accompanies the exhibition.

The August Sander Award was established in 2018 and is sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. The prize for contemporary photography, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded every two years to artists up to 40 years of age who have demonstrated special merit in the field of documentary portraiture.

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Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie@sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de
Current exhibitions are open daily except Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m.

Admission: EUR5.50 (reduced EUR3), free the first Monday of the month!
Regular guided tours every Sunday at 3 p.m., cost: regular admission + EUR2 for the tour

Extended opening hours during the festival weekend for „Internationale Photoszene Köln“ ( www.photoszene.de): Friday, 28 September from 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 29/30 September, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibitions will be closed on 1 November (All Saints“ Day), from 24 to 26 December, on 31 December 2018, and on 1 January 2019.

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

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BSG on mandatory social security contributions for managing directors

BSG on mandatory social security contributions for managing directors

BSG on mandatory social security contributions for managing directors

Mandatory social security contributions for managing directors are a controversial subject. The Bundessozialgericht (BSG), Germany“s federal supreme court in relation to social security matters, recently ruled that managing directors shall, as a rule, be deemed to be employees of a GmbH.

The issue of mandatory social security contributions for managing directors can sometimes give rise to significant supplementary contributions. In its judgments from March 14, 2018 (Az.: B 12 KR 13/17 R and B 12 R 5/16 R), the BSG held that managing directors of a GmbH, a type of German private limited company, shall, as a rule, be deemed to be employees of the GmbH and thus subject to mandatory social security contributions. The Court set forth strict requirements for a managing director to be classified as self-employed. In particular, we at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that it is essential that the managing director has sufficient legal scope for action for the purpose of determining the fate of the company.

In the first case, the managing director bringing the legal action owned a 45.6 per cent interest in the registered share capital. Additionally, there was a so-called „Stimmbindungsabrede“, i.e. a voting commitment, with the GmbH“s second shareholder. In the other case, the managing director held only 12 per cent of the registered share capital. In both cases, the BSG ruled that the managing directors were to be deemed to be employees of the respective GmbHs and thus subject to mandatory social security contributions.

In its reasoning, the BSG noted that shareholder-managing directors of a GmbH shall only not be classified as employees if they have the legal authority to determine the fate of the company by exerting influence on the general meeting of the shareholders. This was said to be generally possible if the managing director holds more than 50 per cent of the registered share capital and is thus the majority shareholder. The Court went on to say that if the managing director holds only 50 per cent of the shares in the registered share capital or less, an employee relationship can then only be ruled out if the managing director has a full blocking minority stake as per express provisions in the articles of association and he or she is therefore able to prevent instructions being issued by the general meeting of the shareholders.

The BSG also stressed that it is not a matter of which powers the managing director has with respect to the GmbH“s external relations or how much latitude he or she has in carrying out their activities, e.g. with regard to working hours; the decisive factor is that the managing director has sufficient legal authority.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of company law can advise managing directors and shareholders in relation to mandatory social security contributions.

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