Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains to users of our offer the nature, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by us. "Personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy. Collection, processing and use of personal data takes place only if you have consented thereto or a law permits. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure data protection and data security and to collect as few personal data as possible.

This privacy policy can be accessed, saved and printed at any time at URL

Data Controller
The Data Controller in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation is: VSM · Vereinigte Schmirgel- und Maschinen-Fabriken AG

For general questions or suggestions to us on the subject of data protection, you can contact us at any time by phone +49 511 3526 222 or by e-mail to

Collection, processing and use of personal data

Server log files

You can visit our website without needing to give any personal information. Every time you access our website, usage data is transmitted through your internet browser and stored in log data (server log files). This saved data includes IP address, date and time of download, name and URL of the downloaded file, web page from which the access takes place (referrer URL), browser information, operating system of the visiting computer, data volume transferred and the requesting provider. This data is used to ensure a smooth connection to the website, a convenient use of our website and for statistical, internal purposes

Data collection for contract performance

Further personal data are only recorded if the user agrees in accordance with the legal regulations for this data collection or if a legally-regulated permission allows this. We use this personal data to answer enquiries from the user, to process contracts concluded with the user, and for any technical administration. Only those personal data are used whose processing is not legally excluded, unless there is an exception.

Contact form

If you have any questions of any kind, you can contact us by using a form provided on the website for this purpose. It is necessary to provide a valid e-mail address so that we know from whom the request originates and in order to be able to respond to it. Further information can be provided voluntarily. The data processing for the purpose of contacting us is in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 item a of the GDPR based on your voluntarily consent given. The personal data collected by us for the use of the contact form will be automatically deleted after conclusion of the enquiry made by you.

Career Portal / Application

In our career area, you have the option of making a speculative application using a web form, or to apply for advertised vacancies. It is necessary to provide personal information in order that we can fully evaluate and assess your application and get in touch with you as part of the application process. All information you provide there is voluntary. The data processing for the purpose of processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 item a of the GDPR is based on the voluntarily consent given by you. The personal data collected by us for the use of the form as well as the other transmitted data will be deleted by us after the application process is concluded.

Transfer of data

Transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed below will not take place. We only share your personal information with third parties if:

  • you have expressly consented, according to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 item a of the GDPR to disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 item f of the GDPR of that which is required in order to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a predominantly legitimate interest in not disclosing your data,
  • in the event that disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 item c of the GDPR is a legal obligation, and
  • this is legally permissible and is required, in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 item b of the GDPR, for the fulfilment of contractual relationships with you.

Rights of the data subject

You have the right:

  • in accordance with Art. 15 of the GDPR, to request information about the nature and extent of the personal data collected by us, in particular its processing, planned storage duration, retention and its transfer;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 of the GDPR, to demand the immediate correction of incorrect personal data or completion of personal data stored by us;
  • in accordance with Art. 17 of the GDPR, to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us, except where the processing is required for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims; or alternatively, in accordance with Art. 18 of the GDPR, to demand a restriction of the processing of the data;
  • in accordance with Art. 20 of the GDPR, to receive the personal data and to request its transfer to another data controller.
  • in accordance with Art. 7 para. 3 of the GDPR, to revoke at any time the consent you have given us. As a result, we are not allowed to continue the data processing based on this consent in the future, and
  • in accordance with Art. 77 of the GDPR, to complain to a supervisory authority. As a general rule, you can contact the supervisory authority for this.

Right of objection

If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 item f of the GDPR, you have the right in accordance with Art. 21 of the GDPR to file an objection against the processing of your personal data provided that there are reasons for this arising from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which will be implemented by us without having to specify any particular situation. If you would like to exercise your right of revocation or objection, please send an e-mail to

Data security

We secure our website and other systems by means of technical and organisational measures against loss, destruction, access, modification or dissemination of your data by unauthorised persons. Despite regular checks, complete protection against all risks is not possible.

The site uses industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption in several areas. This ensures the confidentiality of your personal information over the internet. If a single page of our website is encrypted, this will be indicated by the closed representation of the key or lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.


Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored by the Internet browser on the end device (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.) of the user. These are saved when the website is accessed. It receives information about the visit to the website and regularly accesses this information when the website is revisited. The use of cookies enables us and you to optimise our online offer. In addition, we use cookies to analyse the surfing behaviour of our site visitors as well as to enable targeted, interest-based advertising. Some features of our website cannot be provided without the use of cookies. For these, it is necessary that the browser is recognised even after a page transition.

Processing is based on Art. 6 (1) item a of the GDPR from the legitimate interest in the above-mentioned purposes. However, this does not mean that we will receive any direct knowledge of your identity as the data will not be stored with any of your specific personal data.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or that a notice always appears before a new cookie is created. However, disabling cookies completely may mean that you cannot use all the features of our website.

Tracking Tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are based on Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 item f of the GDPR. With the tracking measures to be used, we want to ensure a needs-based design and the ongoing optimisation of our website. We also use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate this for the purpose of optimising our offer for you. These interests are deemed to be justified within the meaning of the aforementioned provision. The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.

Google Analytics

We use the Google Analytics service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Google"), 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. In this context, pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as

  • browser type / version,
  • operating system,
  • referrer URL (the page previously visited),
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
  • time of server request,

are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website use and internet usage for the purposes of market research and needs-based website design. This information may also be transferred to third parties if required by law or if third parties process this data for us. Under no circumstances will your IP address be matched with any other data provided by Google. The IP addresses are anonymised, so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking). You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting the browser software accordingly; however, we point out that in this case not all features of this website may be able to be used in full. You can also prevent Google from collecting and processing the data generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by installing the browser add-on or setting an opt-out cookie

For more information, please refer to the Google terms of use, and its general terms and conditions, in particular at

Google Maps

We use the "Google Maps" service of Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Google"), 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043 USA on our site. In doing so Google collects, processes and uses data from the visitors of the pages in which Google Maps’ maps are integrated.

If you do not agree to this processing, Google Maps may be deactivated thus preventing Google's data collection and processing. For this, the Java function of your browser must be deactivated. However, as a result, the use of the service is generally no longer available.

For more information, please refer to the Google terms of use, and its general terms and conditions, in particular at

Social media services


On our website we use components of the XING network of Xing AG (hereinafter referred to as "Xing"), Dammtorstr. 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. This may include content such as images, videos, or text and function buttons that users use to notify their ‘like’ in regard to content to content creators, or subscribe to our posts. If the users are members of the Xing platform, Xing can assign the aforementioned contents and functions to the profiles of the users there.

If you wish to prevent Xing from transferring and storing data about you and your activity on our website, you must log out of Xing before you visit our site. For more information, please refer to the Xing terms of use, and its general terms and conditions, in particular at


On our website, we use components (videos) from YouTube provided by Youtube LLC (hereinafter referred to as "YouTube"), 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, a company of Google Inc., Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA. 94043, USA. The feature displays videos uploaded to YouTube in an iframe on the website. The "Extended Privacy Mode" option is activated. As a result, YouTube does not store information about visitors to the site. Only when you watch a video will information be transmitted to and stored on YouTube.

If you are logged in with your YouTube account, this data will be assigned to your user account. If you want to prevent this, you must log out of YouTube before you visit our site.

For further information, please refer to the YouTube terms of use, as well as their general terms and conditions, in particular under

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