The Drive to Digital: Disruption or Discovery?

International Conference and Exhibition for Automotive Supply Chain Management, Information Technology and Communications

The transformation of businesses that is brought about by digitalisation is commonly referred to as digital disruption. There is no denying that such a profound transformation is disruptive but in our eyes the drive to digital is also a journey of great discovery. Whatever your view, disruption or discovery, in order to survive in this environment it is clear that businesses must be agile and focus on responding quickly to fundamental changes.

It’s about the capability of an enterprise to master information and only those who know how to make use of the increasing volume of available data will make the difference and be successful.

But digitalisation of the supply chain is certainly not a new topic and Odette has been at the forefront of the information revolution. Although possibly considered as ‘disruptive’ in the 1980s, Odette standards, especially in the areas of electronic messaging, auto id and telecommunications, are now ‘run of the mill’ implementations which have saved billions for the industry over the past 30 years. In order to take maximum advantage from earlier investments, organisations must take a holistic approach in rebuilding business processes and consider how the integration of the latest innovations can enhance the capabilities of more traditional legacy technologies.

Having an ecosystem of forward looking business partners is vital in tackling the real challenges of digitalisation and in bringing fresh thinking to your own company and colleagues. At Odette2018, you can discover how your peers are approaching the next steps and how they are leveraging new and existing technology to effectively bridge the data gap, whilst learning how others from the global automotive supply chain and beyond are discovering how to minimise the disruption of the drive to digital.

"I use what I have learned at the Odette conference everyday with my team"
Michelin delegate

"It is essential for me to come to the Odette conference because in 2 days I solve more problems than in a week in the office"
Volkswagen delegate

"It’s about learning from others and using that knowledge in my day to day job"
Hella delegate

"It is essential for our company to support the Odette conference to meet our business partners"
Renault delegate

Where automotive logistics and automotive IT come together

12 Nov 2018 - 13 Nov 2018

Lille - France

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2018 Keynote Speakers

  • Francesca GAMBONI

    Francesca GAMBONI

    Senior VP Supply Chain
    Peugeot Group

  • Al JEORY

    Al JEORY

    Head of Inbound Logistics
    Jaguar Land Rover

  • Jürgen MAIDL

    Jürgen MAIDL

    Senior VP Supply Chain

  • Helen SAVMYR

    Helen SAVMYR

    Senior VP Operations
    Volvo Group Trucks Asia

Last Year's Programme

  • Restructuring for Digital Transformation

    • Eric_Marchiol_40_40_c1Eric MARCHIOL, Digital Officer Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing & Supplier Performance, Director, Renault
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  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Challenges & Opportunities for the Digital Supply Chain

    • John_Sobeck1_40_40_c1John SOBECK, Vice President, MM Integration SCM, Processes and Systems, Head of MM Services, ZF Group
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  • RFID deployment within Michelin Truck and Bus tires, from cradle to grave

    • PIGEAT_Bertrand_40_40_c1Bertrand PIGEAT, Supply-Chain Director, Truck&Bus global B.U. , Michelin
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  • Digital Transformation – from Vehicle Manufacturer to Digital Solution Provider

    • AAEAAQAAAAAAAAibAAAAJDk5MzY1NTM4LWY3OWItNDhkZS05ZGY5LTdlNDlhN2ZjNTA2NQ_40_40_c1Joachim WALLENSTEIN, Director Marketing & Communication, RIO at M.A.N. Truck and Bus
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  • Making Decisions with a Digital Twin

    • 2016_Reppahn_Thomas_40_40_c1Thomas REPPAHN, Senior Vice President, Logistics Product and Process Management, Schenker Deutschland
    • Odette_2015_1197_40_40_c1Dr. Christian SCHWEDE, Head of Department, Fraunhofer IML
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  • Innovative Automotive Supply Chain Solutions in Turkey

    • Recai_40_40_c1Recai ISIKTAS, Logistics Manager, Ford Otosan
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  • Supply Chain Management in Asia - From Volume to Value

    • ASUBBE_2012_40_40_c1Andreas SUBBE, Director Supply Chain Management Automotive Asia Pacific, Continental Automotive Holding, China
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  • Establishing a robust Supply Network in Africa and the Middle East

    • Gilles_T.__40_40_c1Gilles THOLLOT, International Supply Chain Expert, Group Peugeot
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  • Can last mile logistics challenge the traditional distribution model for automotive service parts?

    • Pascal_Born5_40_40_c1Pascal BORN, Business Development Director Industry, XPOLogistics
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  • Dynamic Product Identification enables Build to Order in Asia

    • Helena ERIKSSON, E2E Business Process Developer, Volvo Group Trucks Operation
    • Lars CEDERHOLM, Senior Business Analyst, EDI & B2B, Volvo Group Trucks Operation
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  • How Connected Technology will give rise to more efficient Supply Chains

    • Michael_Martin_40_40_c1Michael MARTIN, ‎VP Strategic Development Global Automotive, DHL
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  • eInvoicing: An Obligation not a Choice

    • Odette_2015_1090_40_40_c1Jean-Luc FAYE, IS Functional Manager, B2B & EDI Expert, Michelin
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  • Digital Transformation of Packaging Data

    • photo_annesophielandier_(2)__40_40_c1Anne-Sophie LANDIER, Application Manager Inbound Logistics IS, Supply Chain IS Department , Renault
    • Andre_Ferrari1_40_40_c1Andre FERRARI, CEO, Tenor EDI Services
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  • Lean EDI: Supporting the Business Dynamic at an even lower cost

    • John_James_40_40_c1John JAMES , EDI/IT Manager, AGC Glass Europe
    • Wilson_Menezes4_40_40_c1Wilson MENEZES, Product Director, Sintel
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  • Enabling a secure portal-based Engineering Data Exchange with external Partners

    • New_Picture_40_40_c1Thomas GRAWE, Domain Lead Master Data Management, Information Service – Engineering Systems, CLAAS
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  • Where is that Truck, where is that Container? Automatic Ordering and Tracking of Transport

    • Sümer,Andrea_40_40_c1Andrea SUEMER, Logistics Specialist, Volkswagen
    • Patric_galetzka_40_40_c1Patric GALETZKA, Senior Project Manager Logistics, HELLA
    • Markus_Exo1_40_40_c1Markus EXO, Key Account Manager, Duvenbeck
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  • Bringing the Transport Label into the 21st Century

    • Sieck_Thomas_1836_colour_40_40_c1Thomas SIECK, Manager EDI / System Integration - IT Inbound Logistics, Volkswagen
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  • Building an IT infrastructure for RFID

    • John_F_Reimers_40_40_c1John F. REIMERS, Senior Project Manager , Robert Bosch
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  • ISDN is shutting down all over Europe: don’t get cut off from your Customers!

    • Mugshot18_40_40_c1Ebbo BORM, IT Expert, Volkswagen
    • Ronnie_40_40_c1Ronnie BRATTFALK, Teamleader EDI Integration, Scania IT
    • Udo2_40_40_c1Udo THIENELT, Information Competence Centre Manager, Hella
    • Odette_2014_Day2_0822_40_40_c1Joerg WALTHER, Programme Manager EDI, eBusiness, VDA
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  • Automotive Supply Chain Risk: How to measure, how to master?

    • Terry_200_200_40_40_c1Terry ONICA, Director Automotive, QAD
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  • The significance of MMOG/LE to IATF16949 certification

    • Mike_Dickinson_3_40_40_c1Mike DICKINSON, General Manager – Automotive, SMMT IF
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Conference presentations

The conference presentations are available for download. Access is free of charge for conference delegates who can obtain a password.


Site visits

These visits are offered free of charge to conference delegates.

  • La Francaise de Mecanique

    The Douvrin PSA Site is dedicated to the production of petrol and diesel engines. The site produces 5 engine families, including the EB Turbo PureTech engine, which was awarded “Engine of the Year” in its category during three consecutive years. Discover the specific supply chain processes required to produce engine.

  • Further activities to be announced


Sponsoring and exhibiting at Odette2018?

The Odette2018 automotive supply chain conference will bring together some of the most well-known and forward-thinking experts in the industry, along with representatives from a wide variety of organisations at every level of the global supply chain.

Exhibitors will meet with key decision makers from automotive companies worldwide – Odette2018 will offer unparalleled opportunities for networking with potential customers and provides customers with a chance to engage with new suppliers. True to the Odette ethos, the conference also provides an ideal environment for competitors to share ideas and concepts and pave the way for mutually beneficial collaboration.

 Click here to request Odette2018 Exhibition Information

If you are:

Technical experts – solutions providers, software developers, hardware manufacturers and systems integrators.

Consultants – e-Business, engineering collaboration, sourcing, cross-border invoicing and supply chain management experts.

Marketplace specialists – transport companies, inventory management businesses, logistics service providers and VANs/EDI hub representatives.

Evening Networking

Capitalise on this unique opportunity where logistics and IT professionals from the global automotive industry come together under one roof.

Starting with a cocktail in the exhibition area, delegates will be transported to a special location for an entertaining evening dinner offered free of charge. This is one of the highlights of the Conference and is an excellent opportunity to network and spend the evening with colleagues and customers in a relaxed atmosphere.

The evening promises to be a lively highlight of the conference. It must be booked at time of registration to guarantee access.

Bring lots of business cards!

Venue and Hotels

2018 Venue

Lille Grand Palais
1, Boulevard des Cités-Unies
59777 Euralille

Getting there

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