Legal Disclosure

Information in accordance with section 5 TMG

SmartPLS GmbH P.O. Box 1123 D-25474 Bönningstedt Germany


Tel: +49 (176) 52074990

Mail: support[at]

Internet address:

Register entry

The company is registered with the commercial register of the Pinneberg Local Court under the number HRB 11552 PI. Place of Registered Office: Bönningstedt

VAT Identification Number


D-U-N-S Number

313271351 (Cage Code: CL838)

Person responsible for content in accordance with 55 Abs. 2 RStV

Personally liable partner: SmartPLS GmbH Managing Directors: Prof. Dr. Christian Ringle, Dipl. Wi-Inf. Sven Wende


Accountability for content

The contents of our pages have been created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the contents' accuracy, completeness or topicality. According to statutory provisions, we are furthermore responsible for our own content on these web pages. In this context, please note that we are accordingly not obliged to monitor merely the transmitted or saved information of third parties, or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity. Our obligations to remove or block the use of information under generally applicable laws remain unaffected by this as per § 8 to 10 of the Telemedia Act (TMG).

Accountability for links

Responsibility for the content of external links (to web pages of third parties) lies solely with the operators of the linked pages. No violations were evident to us at the time of linking. Should any legal infringement become known to us, we will remove such link immediately.


Our web pages and their content are subject to German copyright law. Unless expressly permitted by law (§ 44a et seq. of the copyright law), every form of utilizing, reproducing, or processing works subject to copyright protection on our web pages requires the prior consent of the owner of the rights. Individual reproductions of a work are allowed only for private use, and must not serve (either directly or indirectly) for earnings. Unauthorized utilization of copyrighted works is punishable (§ 106 of copyright law).

Privacy and Facebook usage

Our website uses social plug-ins (‘plug-ins’) provided by the social network, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, U.S. (‘Facebook’). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice ‘Facebook Social Plugin.’ For a full list of all social plug-ins, see When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook’s servers.

Facebook directly transfers the plug-in content to your browser, which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed that page of our website. Thus, we have no influence on the data gathered by the plug-in and inform you according to our best knowledge: The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed that page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plug-ins, for instance by clicking ‘Like’ or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plug-ins transmits your IP address to Facebook. For information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please visit Facebook’s privacy policy at If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website. You may also block Facebook social plug-ins by using add-ons for your browser, such as ‘Facebook Blocker.’

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Privacy and Twitter usage

Our website contains social plug-ins from These plugins are solely provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, U.S. When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to Twitter’s servers, which is used to retrieve the plug-in’s contents. Through this process, Twitter becomes aware that you have visited this website. If you are logged into Twitter while browsing this website, Twitter can match your visit with your account. By interacting with the plug-in, this information is sent directly to Twitter and processed there. If you would like to opt out, please log out of Twitter before visiting this website. For information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by Twitter, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please visit Twitter’s privacy policy at


Privacy and Google Analytics usage

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address truncated by the last octet prior to its storage using the “_anonymizeIp()” method) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.