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CAR TRIM (2010) FACTS KeySafety, which is established in Italy, supplies Italian car manufacturers with airbag systems. Between July 2001 and December 2003, KeySafety purchased from Car Trim components used in the manufacture of those systems, in accordance with five supply contracts ('the contracts'). KeySafety terminated the contracts with effect from the end of

2003. On the view that those contracts should have run, in part, until summer 2007, Car Trim claimed that the terminations were in breach of contract and brought an action for damages before the Landgericht Chemnitz (Regional Court, Chemnitz), which has jurisdiction for the place where the components were manufactured. The Landgericht Chemnitz held that it had no jurisdiction to rule on the action on the ground that the German courts have no international jurisdiction. Nature of the contract: The Oberlandesgericht noted that, under the contracts, Car Trim was obliged to manufacture airbags of a certain shape, in the traditional manner of a supplier of equipment for the automobile industry, using products purchased from agreed suppliers, so as to be able to supply them to order, according to the needs of KeySafety's production process and in conformity with a large number of requirements relating to the organisation of the work, quality control, packaging, labelling, delivery orders and invoices. It is possible for the German courts to have jurisdiction to adjudicate the action for damages only if the place of production is to be regarded as the place of performance of 'the obligation in question' within the meaning of Article 5(1) of Regulation No 44/2001. QUESTIONS Is Article 5(1)(b) of Council Regulation No 44/2001 to be interpreted as meaning that contracts for the supply of goods to be produced or manufactured are, notwithstanding specific requirements on the part of the customer with regard to the provision, fabrication and delivery of the components to be produced, including a guarantee of the quality of production, reliability of delivery and smooth administrative handling of the order, to be classified as a sale of goods (first indent), and not as provision of services (second indent)? What criteria are decisive for the distinction?
If a sale of goods is to be presumed: in the case of sales contracts involving carriage of goods, is the place where under the contract the goods sold were delivered or should have been delivered to be

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