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Thank you for visiting the website of era-contact GmbH and for your interest in our company and our products. The privacy of your data is important to us and we want you to feel at ease when viewing our website. Protecting your privacy in the processing of your personal data is an important concern to which we pay special attention in our business processes. We process personal data collected during visits to our website in accordance with the data protection rules of the country in which the controller or processor is based. The era-contact website may contain links to websites of other providers not covered by this Data Protection Statement.

1. Name and contact details of the controller or processor and of the company’s Data Protection Officer

This privacy policy applies to data processing by:

Controller pursuant to Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

era-contact GmbH, Gewerbestraße 44,75015 Bretten, Germany

The company’s data protection officer, Mr Stefan Henschel, can be contacted at the above address or by email to

2. Collection and storage of personal data and nature and purpose of its use

a) When you visit our website

When you visit our website, the browser used on your device automatically sends information to our website’s server. This information is temporarily stored in a log file. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until automatically deleted:

  • IP address of the requesting computer;
  • Date and time of access;
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file;
  • Referrer URL;
  • Browser used and in some cases your computer’s operating system;
  • The name of your access provider.

We process the above data for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring unimpeded communication with the website;
  • Ensuring convenient use of our website;
  • Analysis of system security and stability;
  • Other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for the data processing is Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the above-listed purposes of data collection. In no circumstances do we use the collected data for the purpose of inferring your identity. We additionally use cookies when you visit our website. For further information about these, please see under headings 4 this privacy policy.

b)   When you use our contact form

For questions of any kind, we provide a form on the website for you to contact us. You need to provide a valid email address, forename and surname so that we know who the request is from and in order to respond. Further details can be provided voluntarily. The data is transmitted in encrypted form (see under heading 8). The legal basis for the data processing for the purpose of entering into contact with you is Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR on the basis of your freely given consent. The personal data we collect for use of the contact form is automatically deleted once your request has been dealt with.

3. Disclosure of data

We do not transfer your personal data to any third party other than for the purposes listed in the following. We only disclose your personal information to third parties if:

  • If you have given your express consent to it in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR;
  • Disclosure is necessary in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR for the establishment, exercise and defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding compelling interest in the non-disclosure of your data;
  • The disclosure is necessary in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) of the GDPR for compliance with a legal obligation;
  • It is lawful and is necessary in accordance with Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR for the performance of a contract to which you are party.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. These are small files that your browser creates automatically and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not harm your device and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware. A cookie stores information that results in connection with the specific device used. However, this does not mean that we gain direct knowledge of your identity. Cookies are used to improve the website experience for you.

For example, we use session cookies to recognise that you have already visited individual pages on our website. These cookies are automatically deleted when you leave our website.

In addition, to improve usability, we also use temporary cookies that are stored on your device for various periods of time. If you return to our site to use our services again, these cookies make it possible to see that you have visited before and any inputs and settings you have made so you do not have to repeat them. We also use cookies to keep statistics on the use of our website and analyse them to improve our content (see heading 5).

The data processed by way of cookies is needed for the purposes stated in order to safeguard our legitimate interests and those of third parties in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that you are always asked before a cookie is created. Please note that disabling cookies completely may mean that you cannot use all features of our website.

5. Your rights as a data subject

Your rights are as follows:

  • Right of access: You have the right (under Article 15 of the GDPR) to obtain access to the personal data concerning you that we process. In particular, you have the right to obtain information on the purposes of the processing, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be disclosed, the envisaged storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure and restriction of processing and of a right to object, the source of your data if it is not collected from you, and the existence of any automated decision-making, including profiling, and meaningful information on the details of any such automated decision-making;

  • Right to rectification: You have the right (under Article 16 of the GDPR) to obtain rectification or completion of personal data stored with us;

  • Right to erasure: You have the right (under Article 17 of the GDPR) to obtain erasure of the personal data concerning you that is stored with us to the extent that the processing is not necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;

  • Right to restriction of processing: You have the right (under Article 18 of the GDPR) to obtain restriction of the processing of your personal data to the extent that you contest the accuracy of the data, the processing is unlawful but you oppose its erasure and we no longer need the data, but you require it for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing pursuant to Article 21 of the GDPR;

  • Right to data portability: You have the right (under Article 20 of the GDPR) to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to have the data transmitted to another controller;

  • Right to withdraw your consent: You have the right (under Article 7(3) of the GDPR) to withdraw the consent that you have given. This has the effect that we are then no longer allowed to continue the data processing based on that consent.

  • Right to lodge a complaint: You have the right (under Article 77 of the GDPR) to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority for your place of habitual residence or place of work or for our registered office.

6. Right to object

To the extent that your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, you have the right, under Article 21 of the GDPR, to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of your personal data. In the case of direct marketing, you have a general right to object that we abide by without reference to any particular situation.

If you wish to exercise your right to withdraw consent or your right to object, it is sufficient to send an email to:

7. Data security

When you visit our website, we use the widespread secure socket layer (SSL) protocol in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. This is generally 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit SSL v3 encryption instead. You can tell if a specific page of our website is transferred in encrypted form by the closed key or padlock icon in your browser address bar. In all other respects, we use suitable technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or deliberate manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continually improved in line with technological developments.

8. Validity of and modifications to this Data Protection Statement

This Data Protection Statement is valid as of the present time and was last revised in May 2018. As a result of enhancements to our website and the services provided on it, or as a result of legal or official requirements, it may become necessary for this Data Protection Statement to be revised.

in Press

Managing partner of era-contact ranks among TOP 100

At the Ladies Brunch of the fifth Railway Forum, the leading conference in the rail industry, which took place on August 30th in Berlin, Germany, Manuela Aichele, managing partner of era-contact, was chosen from more than 470 nominees for the TOP 100 most influential female managers in the mobility sector. Her selection recognized her inspiring, innovative commitment, always focusing on sustainability and driving the sector forward. An expert panel, consisting of Berlin Partner, the IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce), the women's network from Allianz pro Schiene (Pro-Rail Alliance) and the VdU - Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen (German Association of Women Entrepreneurs), determined the TOP 100 after considering numerous nominations sent in by the professional associations for the mobility sector.

Manuela Aichele heads up the aichele GROUP holding company as well as the three subsidiaries, era-contact, BREMI and streicherplast, with a total of eight locations across four continents, and manages the medium-sized family company in the second generation. era-contact is recognized in rail circles as a global leader in electrical couplings and a system supplier for electromechanical components. The automotive sector is represented by BREMI Fahrzeug-Elektrik as an expert development partner and OEM supplier. The group portfolio is rounded off with Streicherplast as a reliable partner for molded parts in various sectors.

A long-established family-run company on the global market

The foundation stone of the Aichele family-owned company was laid by Erich Aichele in 1969, when he established era-elektrotechnik GmbH. The small business in Ehningen, which later moved to Herrenberg-Gültstein, run by only two people, Erich Aichele and his wife Christl Aichele-Schnabel, has now grown into a globally operating business, with over 850 employees. Manuela Aichele, born in 1973, grew up with the family business.

After successfully completing her training as a banker and attaining her degree in business administration (Diplom-Kauffrau) from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen (with a focus on controlling, marketing, planning, organization and personnel), she began managing the group of companies in 2012 as the managing partner. With the take-over of Bretten-based FABEG, a well-known company in the rail sector, era-contact was established in 2000. This enabled Ms Aichele to join the growing family business. The day-to-day tasks of business management are shared with the directors, Bernd Geiger and Jochen Kurz, who previously worked with the founder, Erich Aichele, in a successful, trusted relationship at era-Elektrotechnik . Manuela Aichele has prime responsibility for brand identity and financial controlling and takes care of all administrative work relating to the aichele GROUP holding company and real estate company.

Collaboration based on reasoning – not on gender

In line with the company philosophy "With people as the foundation!", the entire aichele GROUP, with over 850 employees worldwide, places particular value on constructive and harmonious collaboration between male and female colleagues. A strong team is what counts, according to Manuela Aichele. Performance and character are considered independently of gender, nationality, background or religion. Nevertheless, Manuela Aichele admits that it is not always easy to work at the top as a woman amongst men – but you grow with your role. Her mother, who proved her success in the 70s as she designed and developed the production processes, was and still is a constant role model.

Moving, not standing still

Since its foundation, the aichele GROUP family business has continued to grow, both organically and through strategic acquisitions – while its independence from external investors is of particular note. This position allowed the aichele GROUP and its subsidiaries an unusually high level of flexibility and the associated benefit of fast decision-making processes which, in view of global demands and the growing pressure to innovate, are increasingly important. These characteristics give the aichele GROUP companies and consequently also their business partners and customers a significant competitive advantage over competing companies and large corporations.

The opening of a site in the USA, era-contact LLC, and being named as one of the "100 sites for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg" are two big highlights of the past year which the aichele GROUP can look back on. However, our eyes are, as always, fixed firmly on the future:

"The changing environment of mobility means it is impossible for any associated sector to stand still. People, as individuals, change the demands they place on their environment and therefore also on aspects of their mobility. We travel with ever more speed and comfort, while also increasingly demanding to be able to do so more individually. This is a balancing act that the rail sector has yet to conquer, given the competition posed by autonomous driving," comments Manuela Aichele, managing partner of the aichele GROUP when asked about future mobility in the rail sector.


Photo © aichele GROUP: Manuela Aichele, managing Director of aichele GROUP