The following privacy policy applies to the use of this website.

Please note:

The following information is a translation of the data protection information from the German language. The information contained herein therefore adheres exclusively to the corresponding national legal regulations in data protection as well as the requirements of the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to which the Controller is subject.

Data protection information with additional information for applicants as well as for visitors, business partners and interested parties can be found here:


We attach great importance to data protection. The collection and processing of your personal data is carried out in compliance with the applicable data protection regulations, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This notice describes how and for what purpose your information is collected and used, and what choices you have regarding personal information you disclose to us.

  1. name and contact details of the controller and the company data protection officer

This privacy information applies to data processing by:

Controller (Art. 4 no. 7 GDPR):

GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (hereinafter: “GKD”)
Metallweberstraße 46
52353 Düren, Germany

You can reach our external data protection officer at: [email protected] or


VUV Beratungs- und  Service GmbH

Data Protection Officer GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG

Theaterstr. 55

52062 Aachen

Our website is hosted by:

Mittwald CM Service GmbH & Co KG

Königsberger Street 4-6

32339 Espelkamp

Phone: +49-5772-293-100


  1. collection and storage of personal data and the nature and purpose of their use
  2. a) When visiting the website

When you visit our website, the browser used on your end device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion:

  • IP address of the requesting computer (shortened)
  • Date and time of access
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file
  • Data volume
  • User agent
  • Website from which the access is made (referrer URL)
  • Browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider

The aforementioned data will be processed by us for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring a smooth connection of the website
  • Ensuring a comfortable use of our website
  • Evaluation of system security and stability, and
  • for other administrative purposes

The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes for data collection listed above. In no case do we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person.

The data in the above server logs are stored with the shortened IP address for a period of 60 days and are then deleted.

To increase the security, stability and delivery speed of our website, we use the Content Delivery Network (CDN) of Cloudflare, Inc, 101 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (Cloudflare). A CDN is a network of servers that is distributed worldwide and delivers content to the users of a website. Cloudflare manages log data about events in the Cloudflare network. This metadata contains very limited personal data, mostly in the form of IP addresses. This enables Cloudflare to analyze the traffic between end devices and our website. It acts as a filter between our servers and potentially malicious traffic (e.g. bot attacks) from the internet. Cloudflare may also use cookies or other technologies. However, these are used exclusively for the purposes described here. The use of Cloudflare is based on our legitimate interest in providing our website as error-free and secure as possible (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR). Personal data is stored by Cloudflare for as long as is necessary for the purposes described.

We have concluded a data processing agreement with Cloudflare. This includes compliance measures for international data transfers that apply to all global activities where Cloudflare processes personal data of EEA citizens (incl. addendum for UK and Switzerland). These measures are based on the EU standard contractual clauses and include the corresponding extensions for Switzerland and the UK.
Information on this can be found at:
Cloudflare, Inc. participates in the U.S. Data Privacy Framework (EU, UK Extension and Swiss) and thus offers suitable guarantees to ensure an adequate level of data protection when transferring data to third countries.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You can find more detailed explanations of this in sections 4 and 6 of this data protection declaration.

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  1. b) When registering for our newsletter or other product information

If you have expressly consented in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. a GDPR, we will use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter and/or current information about our products and services.

If you are no longer interested in receiving this information, you can revoke your consent at any time. To unsubscribe from our information service, you will find a link at the bottom of every email with which we send you newsletters or other product information.

When sending newsletters, we use the services of CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstraße 43, 26180 Rastede, to whom we pass on the data you provided when registering for the newsletter. This transfer takes place in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR and serves our legitimate interest in using an effective advertising, secure and user-friendly newsletter system. The data you enter for the purpose of receiving the newsletter (e.g. e-mail address) is stored on CleverReach’s servers in Germany or Ireland.

CleverReach uses this information to send and statistically evaluate ( opening rates ) the newsletters on our behalf.

We have concluded an data processing agreement (DPA) with CleverReach, in which we oblige CleverReach to protect our customers’ data and not to pass it on to third parties.

You can view CleverReach’s privacy policy here:

  1. c) When using our contact form

For questions of any kind, we offer you the possibility to contact us via a contact form provided on the website. It is necessary to provide a valid e-mail address and the name of your company. Further information can be provided voluntarily. We store your information from the form for processing the request in the event that follow-up questions arise and in the context of any resulting order. The data processing for the purpose of contacting us is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR, our legitimate interest to process your request and to provide you with the requested information to your specified contact details. If your request serves to initiate a contractual relationship with GKD, the data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR.

We can process the following data that you provide to us:


– Request type

– Salutation

– Title

– Contact information (name, email- phone number)

– Subject

– Message


Mandatory information is marked accordingly with an asterisk. We require this information in order to respond to your inquiry appropriately. For fields that are not marked, information is provided by you on a voluntary basis.

The data you enter in the form will be sent to us as the website operator by email and stored on our self-hosted mail server. In addition, the data is stored for 40 days in the WordPress database to fulfill the obligation to provide evidence for the request and for any necessary error analysis.

The personal data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required to fulfill the purpose for which they were collected. For personal data sent via contact forms, this is the case when the respective conversation has ended. The conversation is ended when it is clear from the circumstances that your request has been conclusively clarified. This may also include that we contact you after the processing regarding your satisfaction with our service or about a further interest in related services and products (e.g. invitations or information about upcoming trade fairs and other events).


You have the right to object to further contact by us at any time.

Data collected for the purpose of contractual obligations shall be stored for the duration of the contract and until the expiry of the statutory and contractual warranty and guarantee rights. After expiration of this period, we retain the information required by commercial and tax law for the periods specified by law (usually 6 to 10 years).


  1. d) When ordering samples

You have the option of ordering fabric samples and information material via our website. We use your personal data in the order form to process your sample or information material order, for any queries on our part and as a reference for any subsequent queries or orders on your part. The legal basis for this is the processing of contractual, pre-contractual or quasi-contractual measures in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR.

For the retention period of your data, please see the note under letter c).

  1. disclosure of data

As a principle, we only use your personal data within our company.

If and to the extent that we involve third parties in the performance of contracts (such as logistics service providers), they will only receive personal data to the extent that the transfer is necessary for the corresponding service.

In the event that we outsource certain parts of data processing (“processing on behalf”), we contractually oblige our processors to use personal data only in accordance with the requirements of data protection laws, our instructions and to ensure the protection of the rights of the data subject.

A data transfer to entities or persons outside the EU beyond the cases mentioned in this statement does not take place and is not planned.

  1. use of cookies and related technologies

Description and scope of data processing

Cookies are used on our websites to enable the use of certain functions and to analyze the use of our website. Cookies are data records or other memory notes that store information on end devices and process information from the end devices. What information is stored and processed by the cookies is explained below in connection with the respective functions.

Purpose and legal basis of processing

Cookies and related technologies perform various functions. Basically, cookies and related technologies are used for the following purposes:

  • Necessary: Necessary cookies help to make a website usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. These are processing operations that are strictly necessary to deliver the website or to provide a telemedia service explicitly requested by the user, in accordance with Section 25 (2) of the TDDDG.
  • Preference/function: Preference cookies allow a website to remember information that affects the way a website behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region you are in. Functional cookies allow us to deliver features you request, such as video content or social media feeds.
  • Statistics: Statistic cookies help us understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting information and analyzing it, usually in aggregated form.
  • Marketing: Marketing cookies are used to follow visitors on websites or even across multiple websites. The intention is to show ads that are relevant and engaging to the individual user and therefore more valuable to publishers and advertising third parties.

If cookies are not technically necessary, we only use them with the explicit consent of our users. We obtain consent the first time our website is accessed via the so-called consent management (Borlabs). Insofar as the cookies also store or retrieve personal data, consent is given in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by accessing the consent management tool again (banner bar under “Cookies”) and adjusting your data protection settings.

Duration of storage

Cookies are stored either temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or for a certain period of time or permanently (persistent cookies) on your end device. The expiration of the cookie insofar reflects the period during which a cookie stores data and makes it available for retrieval. Session cookies are automatically deleted when the browser is closed.


Essential cookies enable basic functions and are necessary for the proper function of the website.


ProviderOwner of this website
PurposeStores the current language.
Cookie Name_icl_*, wpml_*, wp-wpml_*
Cookie Expiry1 Day


ProviderCloudflare, Inc.
PurposeCloudflare uses various cookies to maximize network resources, manage traffic, and protect our customers’ sites from malicious traffic.
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Statistics cookies collect information anonymously. This information helps us to understand how our visitors use our website.


PurposeCookie by Matomo used for website analytics. Generates statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Cookie Name_pk_*.*
Cookie Expiry13 Months


ProviderHotjar Ltd., Dragonara Business Centre, 5th Floor, Dragonara Road, Paceville St Julian's STJ 3141 Malta
PurposeHotjar is an user behavior analytic tool by Hotjar Ltd.. We use Hotjar to understand how users interact with our website.
Privacy Policy
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Cookie ExpirySession / 1 Year


Marketing cookies are used by third-party advertisers or publishers to display personalized ads. They do this by tracking visitors across websites.

External Media

Content from video platforms and social media platforms is blocked by default. If External Media cookies are accepted, access to those contents no longer requires manual consent.


PurposeTagbox links content from LinkedIn and youtube to our page.
Privacy Policy
Cookie Nametagbox


ProviderMeta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
PurposeUsed to unblock Instagram content.
Privacy Policy
Cookie Namepigeon_state
Cookie ExpirySession


ProviderGoogle Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland
PurposeUsed to unblock YouTube content.
Privacy Policy
Cookie NameNID
Cookie Expiry6 Month

The following cookies can be set on your terminal device


  1. consent management (borlabs)

Description and scope of data processing

Our website uses the Consent Management Borlabs cookie to obtain your consent to the storage of certain cookies in your browser or to the use of certain technologies and to document this in accordance with data protection law (so-called “consent dialog”). The provider of this technology is Borlabs GmbH, Rübenkamp 32, 22305 Hamburg. When you enter our website, the “CookieConsent” cookie is stored in your browser, in which the consents you have given or the revocation of these consents are stored. The following data may be processed:

  • Cookie Runtime,
  • Cookie version,
  • Domain and path of the WordPress website,
  • the consents chosen by the user and a
  • UID (a randomly generated ID for the user).

Purpose and legal basis of processing

The use of consent management is technically necessary and takes place in order to obtain the legally required consent for the use of cookies. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR.

Duration of storage

The Cookie Consent has an expiration time of one year from the date of giving or changing the consent. If you delete the cookie earlier, the Consent dialog would reappear when you visit our websites.

6 . tracking/analysis

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR , your consent. With the tracking measures used, we want to ensure a need-based design and continuous optimization of our website. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.

The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.


For statistical evaluation, we use the analysis tool “Matomo” on the website. Matomo is an open source tool that is integrated on the website server of GKD itself. Matomo therefore does not transmit any data to servers that are outside the control of the Controller, i.e. GKD. Matomo is deactivated when you visit the website. Your usage behavior is only recorded anonymously if you actively consent to this via the corresponding cookie consent management.

Matomo uses cookies for this purpose. The cookies that are placed on your computer allow us to analyze the access to the website accordingly. For this purpose, the information about the use obtained by the cookie is transmitted to the server of our service provider used for the website and stored so that the usage behavior can be evaluated. Your IP address is immediately anonymized; thus you remain anonymous as a user. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties.

We understand this analysis as part of our offer. The aim is to further improve our services within the framework of our website and to adapt them even more to the needs of our users.

For more information on Matomo, please visit


7 . Information on the integration of videos

We have included videos on our website to give you an insight into our work, products and projects in an easily accessible form. As the performance of local video hosting is not sufficient, we rely on external video providers. We use the video platforms Vimeo and YouTube for this purpose. The integration of videos inevitably requires access to the providers’ servers. In addition, cookies and similar technologies may be used, which are technically necessary on the one hand, but also serve the video platforms and third parties to collect information about user behavior and to place advertisements. Any data processing of your browser or end device that is associated with this is subject to the data protection notices of the respective providers.

The use of cookies and other similar technologies is subject to the data protection notices of the respective providers.

The transmission of data and the use of cookies or comparable technologies only takes place if you have activated external media via the consent management (“cookie banner”) [OM1] or initialize the playback of the videos. They will only be used with your consent or if this is technically necessary for the provision of the telemedia service you have expressly requested.

The YouTube video platform is part of Google LLC. Information about which data is processed by Google and for what purposes can be found in Google’s privacy policy at:

The information on data protection by Vimeo Inc. can be found at:
Insofar as the processing involves a data transfer – in particular to the USA – this is based on EU standard contractual clauses (including the extension for the UK and Switzerland). Both providers are also certified in accordance with the Data Privacy Framework( and therefore fall within the scope of the EU adequacy decision of 10.07.2023, which you can view on the EU Commission’s website.

  1. social media links/social media feeds

Our presence in social networks

You can also reach our online presences on various social media channels via our website. You can recognize the links by the symbol . By clicking on the links, you will leave our website and be directly connected to our respective online presence on the corresponding social media platforms.

We would like to point out that the respective terms of use and data protection information of the social network apply on these platforms. As long as you do not click on the links, no additional connections will be established or further data collected.

Data from users of social networks are generally used for market research or advertising purposes and are also merged into usage profiles for this purpose, especially if you as a user have an account on these platforms and are logged into your profile at the time of visiting our website. In this way, data assigned to your Facebook account or other accounts can also be merged across devices and services. However, data collection, which is also associated with the setting of cookies, also takes place if you are not a registered user or are not currently logged in there.

Personal data may also be processed in third countries outside the European Union. Which data is processed in detail by the respective third-party platform providers is beyond our knowledge. We also have only limited ability to influence this processing. In this respect, we refer to the privacy settings of the platform provider:

Facebook & Instagram (Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland):

Privacy notice Facebook:

Privacy notice Instagram:

Cookie Policy:

Terms of use:

Privacy settings:

X (formerly Twitter):

Privacy Notice:

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Terms of Use:

Privacy settings:

Special: Facebook Insights

Facebook provides owners of a business Facebook presence with so-called “page insights”, which contain statistical data about who and how the respective social media presence is used and visited. The data we receive about this is not personally identifiable for us, but purely statistical. In this context, however, Facebook collects personal data of its users. The Facebook data policy under “How do we use this information?” explains which data is processed in order to provide “page insights” for page operators.

With regard to our Facebook presence, we have concluded an agreement with Facebook regulating the joint responsibility of data processing with Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd., which specifies who fulfills which obligation under the GDPR.

The main contents of this agreement can be found here:

Meta is responsible hereunder for providing our site visitors with the necessary information about the processing for site insights and to enable the site visitor to exercise his or her rights under the GDPR. These are the right to information, rectification, portability and deletion of their data, as well as the right to object to the processing of their data and to restrict processing. If you have set up a Facebook account, you can find more information about these rights in your Facebook settings, and also in the privacy notices of Facebook/Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd.

The contact details of Facebook’s data protection officer, whom you can contact at any time regarding all questions about Facebook’s data processing, can also be found in Facebook’s privacy policy.

Facebook and we have agreed that the Irish Data Protection Comissioner (DPC) is the lead supervisory authority overseeing processing for Page Insights. Therefore, you always have the right to lodge a complaint with the Irish DPC or with your local supervisory authority.

Social media feeds on our website

We include social media feeds on our website to keep you up to date with our latest social media content and campaigns. To use this functionality, the use of cookies is required, which we only use with your explicit consent. You can control the display of the social media feed, of the platforms we described in the above section, accordingly via the cookie settings. As long as you refuse the service, a preview image will appear in the place of the social media feed and no cookies will be used. A use of information beyond the provision of the function does not take place from our side.

To embed our social media content on this website, we use the plugin of the third-party service “Tagbox”. Tagbox is a U.S. company located at 340 S Lemon Ave #9373 Walnut, California 91789, United States of America. Tagbox establishes a direct connection between your browser and those servers that are integrated by the plugin on the website (so, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc). We have no influence on the nature and scope of the data that the plugin transmits to Tagbox as the Controller itself and to the respective servers, including in third countries that do not have a comparable level of data protection, and for what purposes they are finally used. The plugin informs the social network that you as a user have visited this website. There is the possibility here that your IP address and information about your terminal device and the browser used are stored. If you are logged into your social media account during your visit to this website, the aforementioned information will be linked to it. If you use the functions of the plugin – for example, by sharing, liking or commenting on a post – the corresponding information will also be transmitted to the respective social media network and may be linked to it. You can only prevent this by logging out before using the plugin.

Information on the handling of personal data at Tagbox is available at:…

Please refer to the section above for information on the data protection of the respective social media providers.

Social Media Management

We use a social media management tool that helps us to manage, analyze and optimize our presence and activities on the various social media channels. This mainly uses statistical data that is already collected on the platforms (see above) and is not personally identifiable. A personal reference only exists for messages or contributions that you post as a registered user on our social media page and that are also directly visible to us on our social media page. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interest in effective social media communication in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. The provider of the tool is Sprout Social Inc. located at 131 Dearborn St. Floor 7, Chicago, IL 60603, USA. This company acts as a processor in accordance with our instructions. We have concluded an order processing contract with the service provider, which includes the standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries:

Sprout Social Inc. is also certified according to the Data Privacy Framework( and therefore falls within the scope of the EU adequacy decision of 10.07.2023, which you can view on the EU Commission’s website.

  1. storage period

Unless specifically stated, we delete or block personal data as soon as the purpose for storing it no longer applies.

In addition, storage may take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which the controller is subject.

  1. data subject rights

You have the right:

  • in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR to request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data has been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it has not been collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR to immediately demand the correction of incorrect or completion of your personal data stored by us;
  • pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR to request the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer to another controller;
  • to revoke your consent at any time in accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent for the future, and
  • the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR.
  1. right of objection

If your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that there are grounds for doing so that arise from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the case of direct marketing, you have a general right to object, which will also be implemented by us without specifying a particular situation.

If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or objection, simply send an e-mail to [email protected].

  1. data security

Within the website visit, we use the widespread SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) in connection with the highest encryption level supported by your browser. As a rule, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can tell whether an individual page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form by the closed display of the key or lock symbol in the status bar of your browser.

We also use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

  1. Revision and modification of this privacy notice

This privacy policy is currently valid and has the status February 2023.

Due to the further development of our website and our offers or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. The current data protection declaration can be found on the website at This can be called up and printed out by you at any time.