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 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 the top right corner in order to switch between the available German or English language versions page by page. 
Audited Information The term ’Audited Information’ only applies to those sections in the 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 report.
The disclaimer contains all relevant legal information concerning the Annual Report.


Navigating the Annual Report
The navigational tree on the left is the main point of access to the contents of the 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. 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
Already visited links are shown in another color (light blue).
    Navigation by topic enables rapid access to the relevant topics of the report and to essential statements concerning them. This way you can custom-make an report according to your needs. The content of this report is identical with the print version; the order of it is especially edited to suit an individual subject selection.

    The keyword-search is a guided search function. On the one hand, this feature provides pre-selected keywords to search for, on the other hand it provides associated information in a scope that exceeds conventional search results.

    When you select a keyword, the related hits get highlighted in the menu tree. The first of the search results will be displayed immediately. 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.

    Full-Text Search

    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.

    Additionally, all search results are displayed as a text output ranked by relevance. Each search result is linked to the respective page.

    Use of search operators
    Using a compound search term by means of logical operators allows a complex search. The following operators can be used:
    • " search the of or containing allows Entering –
    • "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.
      You may find your viewing history just in the bottom left corner of the page. It displays the last three pages you have visited in the order of accessing them.
      Consecutive browsing
      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 (previous page  back     next next page) on the top right-hand side of any of the report’s pages which are pointing to the browsing direction.
      The sitemap lists all pages and sub-pages that are available in the 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.

      Order Service
      At ‘Order Service’ you may order a print version of the Annual Report to be sent to you by mail. To order, please fill in the fields.
      In order to keep track of developments in Investor Relations (IR), you may subscribe to the IR Newsletter.
      Click ‘Media-Center’ to download further publications, Annual Reports, pictures, as well as audio and video files. They will appear in a new browser window.
      Key Figures Comparison 
      This feature offers a selection of the preceding five 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 or line charts. Tables can be saved as Excel files and charts as a picture.
      Compare to 2007  
      Click here to view the relevant passage in last year’s report; it will be displayed in a new window.
      Feedback function
      The “Feedback” function provides the possibility to submit your opinion concerning the implementation and design of the online report. To this effect you are asked to place your rating of the relevant aspects within a scale in the 'Rating' subsection. In the “Commentary” subsection you have the opportunity to submit a comment according to your own discretion. You can submit it together with a response request.

      Page-specific Features

      Print version 
      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.
      Email page
      Click here to e-mail this page’s URL; the necessary form will open in a new window.
      PDF Download 
      The content of the respective page may be viewed in pdf format in a new window.
      XLS Download  
      The tables on the page may be viewed in xls format in a new window.
      Zoom Feature  
      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 page.