1.  DEFINITIONS 

In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:

"Conditions"  the  terms  and  conditions  set  out  in  this  document  as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 10.4;

"Contract"  the  contract  between  Hydratron  and  the  Customer  for  the sale and purchase of the Products in accordance with these Conditions;

"Customer"  the  person  or  firm  who  purchases  the  Products from Hydratron;

"Force Majeure Event" means any event beyond a party's reasonable control, which by its nature could not have been foreseen, or, if it could have  been  foreseen,  was  unavoidable,  including  but  not  limited  to industrial disputes, failure of energy sources or transport network, acts of  God,  war,  terrorism,  breakdown  of  plant  or  machinery,  nuclear, chemical  or  biological  contamination,  collapse  of  building  structures, fires,  loss  at  sea,  natural  disasters  or  extreme  adverse  weather conditions, or default of suppliers or subcontractors;  

"Order"  the  Customer's  order  for  the  Products  as  set  out  in the Customer's purchase order form;

"Products" the products (or any part of them) set out in the Order;

"Specification" any specification for the Products, including any related plans  and  drawings,  that  is  agreed  in  writing  by  the  Customer  and Hydratron,  subject  to  any  amendments  as  may  be  required  by  any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements; 

"Hydratron" Hydratron Limited (registered in England and Wales with company number 01548328);

 "Warranty Period" the period of 12 months from the date of delivery.

 

2.  BASIS OF CONTRACT

2.1  These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing. The Order constitutes  an  offer  by  the  Customer  to  purchase  the  Products  in accordance  with  these  Conditions.  The  Customer  is  responsible  for ensuring  that  the  terms  of  the  Order  and  any  applicable  Specification submitted by the Customer are complete and accurate.

2.2  The  Order  shall  only  be  deemed  to  be  accepted  when Hydratron issues a written acceptance of the Order, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.  The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. The Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of Hydratron which is not set out in the Contract. 

2.3  Any  samples,  drawings,  descriptive  matter,  or  advertising produced by Hydratron and any descriptions or illustrations contained in Hydratron's catalogues or brochures are produced for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Products described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract or have any contractual force. 

 

3.  PRODUCTS

3.1  To  the  extent  that  the  Products  are  to  be  manufactured  in accordance  with  a  Specification  agreed  between  Hydratron  and  the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify Hydratron against all liabilities, costs and expenses suffered or incurred by Hydratron in connection with any claim made against Hydratron for actual or alleged infringement of a third  party's  intellectual  property  rights  arising  out  of  or  in  connection with Hydratron's use of the Specification. This clause 3.1 shall survive termination of the Contract.

3.2  Hydratron  reserves  the  right  to  alter  the  design  or specification  of  the  Products  from  time  to  time  provided  that  such alterations do not adversely affect the quality of the Products.  Any such alterations  shall  not  impose  an  obligation  on  Hydratron  to  make equivalent alterations to any Products already ordered or supplied.  

 

4.  DELIVERY

4.1  The  Customer  shall  not  alter  or  make  any  addition  to  the labelling  or  packaging  of  the  Products.    The  Customer  shall  not  alter, deface  or  remove  any  model  numbers  or  serial  numbers  or  any reference  to  any  of  Hydratron's  intellectual  property,  its  name  or  any other name displayed on the Products, their packaging or labelling.     

4.2  The  Customer  shall  collect  the  Products  from  Hydratron's premises at Manchester, U.K. or such other location as may be advised by  Hydratron  prior  to  delivery  within  3  days  of  Hydratron  notifying  the Customer  that  the  Products  are  ready. Any  dates  quoted  for  delivery are approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. 

4.3  If  Hydratron  fails to  deliver  the Products  (provided  that such failure is not caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer's failure to provide any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the  Products), its liability shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by  the  Customer  in  obtaining  replacement  Products  of  similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Products.

4.4  If the Customer fails to take delivery of the Products within 3 days of Hydratron notifying the Customer that the Products are ready, then, Hydratron shall store the Products until delivery takes place, and reserves  the  right  to  charge  the  Customer  for  all  related  costs  and expenses  (including  insurance)  from  the  date  of  notification  to  the Customer.

4.5  Hydratron  may  deliver  the  Products  by  instalments,  which shall  be  invoiced  and  paid  for  separately.  Each  instalment  shall constitute  a  separate  Contract.  Any  delay  in  delivery  or  defect  in  an instalment shall not entitle the Customer to cancel any other instalment. 

4.6  The Customer is not entitled to return any Products which are made to the Customer's Specification or are obsolete.  Hydratron may at its sole discretion accept return of Products within 7 days of delivery to the  Customer  provided  that  such  Products  are  accompanied  by  full details relating to their return.  Hydratron may in its absolute discretion credit the Customer for such return after taking in account a restocking fee  based  on  Hydratron's  sole  determination  of  the  re-usability  or  re-saleability of such Products.  

 

5.  QUALITY

5.1  Subject  to  clause  5.2  Hydratron  warrants  that  on  delivery,  and during  the  Warranty  Period,  the  Products  shall  conform  in  all material  respects  with  their  description  and  any  applicable Specification; and be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship. 

5.2  No warranty is given in respect of soft goods, consumable items and  the  resistance  to  or  effect  of  corrosion  of  any  type  on  any Products. Products supplied by but not manufactured by Hydratron (including for the avoidance of doubt any component parts) are not covered  by  the  warranty  in  clause  5.1  and  such  Products  are subject  to  the  applicable  manufacturer's  warranty  terms  and conditions.   

5.3  Subject  to  clause  5.4,  if  the  Customer  gives  notice  in  writing  to Hydratron during the Warranty Period as soon as it discovers that the Products do not comply with clause 5.1; Hydratron is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Products (either itself or through its authorised representative ("AR")); and the Customer (if asked to do so by Hydratron) returns such Products to Hydratron (to such premises as are notified by Hydratron to the Customer) at the Customer's cost, along with a full description of the conditions under  which  the  alleged  failure  occurred,  Hydratron  shall,  at  its option, repair or replace the defective Products.

5.4  Hydratron  shall  not  be  liable  for  Products'  failure  to  comply  with clause 5.1 where:

5.4.1  the  defect  arises  as  a  result  of  mishandling  or  during transportation;

5.4.2  the Customer makes any further use of such Products after giving notice in accordance with clause 5.3; 

5.4.3  the  defect  arises  because  the  Customer  failed  to  follow Hydratron's  oral  or  written  instructions  as  to  the  storage, installation,  application  use  and  maintenance  of  the Products  or  (if  there  are  none)  good  trade  practice regarding the same; 

5.4.4  the  defect  arises  as  a  result  of  Hydratron  following  any drawing, design or Specification supplied by the Customer; 

5.4.5  the  Customer  alters  or  repairs  such  Products  without  the written consent of Hydratron; 

5.4.6  the  defect  arises  as  a  result  of  fair  wear  and  tear,  wilful damage,  negligence,  or  abnormal  storage  or  working conditions;

5.4.7  the  Products  differ  from  their  description  as  a  result  of changes  made  to  ensure  they  comply  with  applicable statutory or regulatory requirements; or

5.4.8  the defect arises as a result of the use of component parts not supplied by Hydratron or fitted by Hydratron or its AR.

5.5  Except  as  provided  in  this  clause  5,  Hydratron  shall  have  no liability  to  the  Customer  in  respect  of  the  Products'  failure  to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1.  Except as set out in  these  Conditions,  all  warranties,  conditions  and  other  terms implied  by  statute  or  common  law  are,  to  the  fullest  extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract. 

 

 

6.  TITLE AND RISK

6.1  The  risk  in  the  Products  shall  pass  to  the  Customer  on completion  of  delivery.    Title  to  the  Products  shall  not  pass  to  the Customer  until  Hydratron  has  received  payment  in  full  (in  cash  orcleared funds) for the Products. 

6.2  Until  title  to  the  Products  has  passed  to  the  Customer,  the Customer  shall  store  the  Products  separately  from  all  other  Products held  by  the  Customer  so  that  they  remain  readily  identifiable  as Hydratron's  property;  not  remove,  deface  or  obscure  any  identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Products; maintain the Products in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery; and notify Hydratron immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events in clause 8.1, but the Customer may resell or use the Products in the ordinary course of its business.

6.3  If  before  title  to  the  Products  passes  to  the  Customer  the Customer  becomes  subject  to  any  of  the  events  in  clause  8.1,  then, provided  that  the  Products  have  not  been  resold,  or  irrevocably incorporated into another product, and without limiting any other right or remedy  Hydratron  may  have,  Hydratron  may  at  any  time  require  the Customer to deliver up the Products and, if the Customer fails to do so promptly, Hydratron (or any of its ARs) may enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Products are stored in order to recover them. 

 

7.  PRICE AND PAYMENT

7.1  The  price  of  the  Products  shall  be  the  price  set  out  in  the Order, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in Hydratron's published price list in force as at the date of delivery.  The price of the Products is exclusive  of  the  costs  and  charges  of  packaging,  insurance  and transport of the Products, which shall be arranged by and be payable by the Customer, unless agreed otherwise in writing by Hydratron prior to delivery. The  price  of  the  Products  is  also  exclusive  of  all  taxes, charges, levies, assessments and other fees of any kind imposed on the purchase or import of the Products. The Customer shall be responsible for all such additional amounts as are chargeable on the supply of the Products.   The  Customer shall  pay  the  invoice  for  the Products  in  full and in cleared funds within 30 days of the date of the invoice. Time of payment is of the essence. The Customer may not withhold any amount due  to  Hydratron  because  of  any  set-off,  counterclaim,  abatement  or other similar deduction. 

7.2  Where  the  Customer  notifies  Hydratron  during  the  Warranty Period  of  a  defect  in  a  Product  the  Customer  shall  pay  in  full  for  any replacement  part(s)  until  Hydratron  (or  its  ARs)  has  received  and evaluated the alleged defect.  If Hydratron agrees with the Customer's allegation,  it  may  at  its  sole  discretion  adjust  the  price  paid  by  the Customer for the replacement part(s). 

 

8.  CUSTOMER'S INSOLVENCY OR INCAPACITY

8.1  If  the  Customer  becomes  insolvent  and  unable  to  pay  its debts  as  they  fall  due,  or  an  order  is  made  or  petition  presented, meeting  convened  or  resolution  passed  for  the  winding  up  of  the Customer, or a receiver is appointed or any distress, execution or other process levied in respect of the business or the assets of the Customer or  any  of  them  and  event(s)  have  occurred  which  would  justify  such proceedings,  or  Hydratron  reasonably  believes  that  the  Customer  is about  to  become  subject  to  any  of  them  and  notifies  the  Customer accordingly, then, without limiting any other right or remedy available to Hydratron, Hydratron may cancel or suspend all further deliveries under the  Contract  or  under  any  other  contract  between  the  Customer  and Hydratron  without  incurring  any  liability  to  the  Customer,  and  all outstanding sums in respect of Products delivered to the Customer shall become immediately due.

8.2  Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any  of  the  parties'  rights  and  remedies  that  have  accrued  as  at termination.  Clauses  which  expressly  or  by  implication  survive termination of the Contract shall continue in full force and effect. 

 

9.  LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

9.1  Nothing  in  these  Conditions  shall  limit  or  exclude  Hydratron's liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence  of  its  employees,  agents  or  subcontractors  (as applicable); or fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation. 

9.2  Subject to clause 9.1:

9.2.1 Hydratron  shall  not  be  liable  to  the  Customer,  whether  in contract,  tort  (including  negligence),  breach  of  statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential  loss  arising  under  or  in  connection  with  the Contract  (including  any  losses  that  may  result  from  a deliberate  breach  of  the  Contract  by  Hydratron,  its employees, agents or subcontractors); and  

9.2.2 Hydratron's  total  liability  to  the  Customer  in  respect  of  all other  losses  arising  under  or  in  connection  with  the Contract,  whether  in  contract,  tort  (including  negligence), breach  of  statutory  duty,  or  otherwise,  including  losses caused by a deliberate breach of the Contract by Hydratron, its  employees,  agents  or  subcontractors  shall  not  exceed the price of the Product in question.

9.3  Neither party shall be liable for any failure or delay in performing its obligations under the Contract to the extent that such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event.  

 

10.  GENERAL

10.1  Hydratron may and the Customer may not at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of  its  rights  or  obligations  under  the  Contract.    A  person  who  is  not  a party  to  the  Contract  shall  not  have  any  rights  under  or  in  connection with it.

10.2  If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of the Contract (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of  the  Contract  shall  not  be  affected.    If  any  invalid,  unenforceable  or illegal provision of the Contract would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with the minimum modification necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable.

10.3  A  waiver  of  any  right  or  remedy  under  the  Contract  is  only effective  if  given  in  writing  and  shall  not  be  deemed  a  waiver  of  any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party to exercise any  right  or  remedy  provided  under  the  Contract  or  by  law  shall constitute  a  waiver  of  that  or  any  other  right  or  remedy,  nor  shall  it preclude  or  restrict  the  further  exercise  of  that  or  any  other  right  or remedy.  No  single  or  partial  exercise  of  such  right  or  remedy  shall preclude  or  restrict  the  further  exercise  of  that  or  any  other  right  or remedy.

10.4  Except  as  set  out  in  these  Conditions,  any  variation  to  the Contract,  including  the  introduction  of  any  additional  terms  and conditions, shall only be binding when agreed in writing and signed by Hydratron.

10.5  The  Contract,  and  any  dispute  or  claim  arising  out  of  or  in connection  with  it  or  its  subject  matter  or  formation  (including  non- contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law, and the parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.