In order to ensure optimal access and usage of this site, the explanations given below shall introduce you to the various service features available. To facilitate orientation we have grouped the information according to major categories: Navigation provides information on how to access different content areas of the Annual Report, Service introduces service features that are offered beyond mere content, Page-specific features offers information on features which are offered depending on the content of the respective page and are therefore not permanently available.
Click on the language button in order to switch between the available German or English language versions page by page.
The term “Audited Information” only applies to those sections in the Annual Report which have been certified by the auditor. You can recognize the audited sections by the relevant information bar above the presently displayed information. The “Audited Information” bar on top of each page takes you to the audited sections of the Annual Report.
The disclaimer contains all relevant legal information concerning the Annual Report.
The navigational tree on the left is the main point of access to the contents of the Annual Report. At the top level of the tree are the most important general subjects. More specific subjects are linked to them in a reader-friendly fashion following the same order as the print version of the report, just move from the top level down to up to five sub-levels. Arrows point to further sub-levels. Further navigation options available are:
- Full-text search engine displaying search results in the navigational tree
- Links in text passages and HTML tables
- Links referring to related information within this report on the right hand side of the text
- Links referring to related information outside this report on the right hand side of the text
Navigation by subjects enables rapid access to the relevant subjects of the Annual Report and to essential statements concerning them. This way you can custom-make an Annual Report according to your needs. The content of this online Annual Report is identical with the print version; the order of the online Annual Report is especially edited to suit an individual subject selection.
This feature enables you to search the whole report for words or phrases. Each hit is highlighted in the navigational tree. The text referring to the first search result will be displayed immediately and each hit is highlighted in the text of the relevant page thus making a quick locating possible. You can browse the search results consecutively by pressing the navigational buttons at the top of each of the pages shown. All the search result links remain intact when navigating through them. After viewing the search results in the original document, you may return to subject navigation by clicking on any of the entries on the navigational tree which are not highlighted.
Using a compound search term by means of logical operators allows a complex search. The following operators can be used:
“and” – Entering of two or more search items separated only by blank space allows search of pages containing all of the sought items.
“or” – Entering the “|” operator allows the search for documents containing one or several of the search items.
“not” – By entering the “-” operator (minus) a certain item can be excluded from the search.
Another possibility to read the Annual Report is to browse in succession through its pages by starting from any page. This is facilitated by the buttons ( page x/x ) on the top right-hand side of any of the Annual Report’s pages which are pointing to the browsing direction.
The sitemap lists all pages and sub-pages that are available in the online Annual Report, displayed according to the site structure.
“Downloads” provides you with all pdf and xls files collected for download, in each case showing number of pages and file size. These documents can be downloaded either as single sections of the report / single table, or they can comprise the entire document, respectively all the tables collected into one singular Excel file. This joint file allows convenient navigation of its content by a cross-linked table of contents preceding the collected tables. The links are taking you directly to the relevant table, from there another link is taking you back to the table of contents.
You will be taken to the website of the respective company, where you may leave your contact details.
This feature offers a selection of the preceding eight years' essential key financial indicators. By clicking on the key financial indicators and years you would like to compare, you may obtain your own individual tables. You can have them displayed in tables or as bar charts.
The “Feedback” function provides the possibility to submit your opinion concerning the implementation and design of the on-line Annual Report. To this effect you are asked to place your rating of the relevant aspects within a rating scale in the 'Rating' subsection. In the “Commentary” subsection you have the opportunity to submit a freely formulated comment according to your own discretion. You can submit it together with a response request.
Click here to print the content of the relevant page; the print preview is displayed in a new browser window. As an option, you may choose to print without - toner-saving - images.
Click here to e-mail this page’s URL; the necessary form will open in a new window.
The content of the respective chapter may be viewed in pdf format in a new window.
The table may be viewed in xls format in a new window.
Click here to view the relevant passage in last year’s Annual Report; it will be displayed in a new window.
With the zoom function you can have selected tables and selected images displayed in their original size within a new window. Use the functions at the root page for printing or saving these tables.
This function takes you to the top of a page.