Odette was originally conceived by experts from European vehicle manufacturers who were seeking to make use of the rapid developments in information and communications technology (ICT) to reduce the mountain of paper that was arriving on the desks of their companies on a daily basis. One of their main drivers in this search for efficiency savings in the early 1980s was the growing threat to European markets posed by manufacturers from Japan.
Results from earlier work in several individual national bodies convinced these experts that they needed to work together to develop pan-European standard EDI messages to replace the millions of paper documents that were being sent between customers and suppliers across the continent and thus the Organisation for Data Exchange by Tele-Transmission in Europe (Odette) was born in 1984.
From these early beginnings as a co-operative EDI project, Odette quickly developed into a platform where European vehicle manufacturers and suppliers could come together to work on a much wider range of supply chain issues and by 2000 it had become a permanent organisation with a legal identity as Odette International Limited.
Today, Odette International works in partnership with organisations and businesses across the automotive industry in Europe and beyond to set standards and develop tools that support e-business communications, engineering data exchange and logistics management.