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Ford Europe recently held a ‘Special Attention’ event for their suppliers to emphasise the importance of using MMOG/LE throughout their supply chain operations. The Odette MMOG Team was invited to present the latest enhancements to the MMOG Platform and best practices to achieve Supply Chain Management excellence with MMOG.

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Lack of Interoperability is a major obstacle to the wider deployment of RFID technology throughout the automotive supply chain. To overcome this obstacle, the JAIF* developed two major standards covering the use of RFID to identify parts and vehicles and the use of RFID to identify containers. Updated versions of these important standards have recently been published.

*JAIF = Joint Automotive Industry Forum (AIAG, Odette and JAMA/JAPIA)

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The global SCM capability assessment tool MMOG/LE is available in many different languages to help automotive companies across the world to easily rate their logistics operations and satisfy the requirements of their customers.

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Forum AutomobilLogistik 2021 - 9/10 February
On-line

Under the strapline “Supply chains under tension: regional, sustainable, duty free”, FAL 2021 organised by VDA and BVL will feature more than 30 TOP speakers who will analyse and discuss current industry developments and trends, addressing questions such as ‘Will there be de-globalization? Can sustainability be achieved through efficiency? Will it be possible to dismantle trade barriers? Where and how can skilled workers be recruited and further developed?

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The OFTP2 protocol is constantly reviewed and updated by the Odette OFTP2 Experts Group,  and the majority of OFTP2 solutions on the market have recently been re-tested to ensure that they continue to satisfy the latest business and security requirements of the automotive industry.

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Watch the live on demand session from the Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Live event, where Robert Cameron, Head of VDA Logistics and Production Department and Chairman of Odette International explains how automotive supply chains could respond more quickly to the volatile powertrain mix in today's car production if outbound communication was more standardised.

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Every day, companies in the automotive industry must manage the many trucks which arrive at their factories to deliver parts or collect finished products. Mobile apps can ease communication between plants and trucks but may leave drivers facing a plethora of apps providing different information in a variety of ways. 

Fortunately, an Odette recommendation for the standardisation of the API data needed to manage this complex process is now available.

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A first collaboration between ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, VDA – Verband der Automobilindustrie and Odette International has resulted in a set of standard digital messages (EDIFACT and XML) supporting communication across all Finished Vehicle Logistics processes. 

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Throughout the automotive value chain, packaging experts continuously seek to improve packaging materials and processes throughout the life cycle of a product and OEMs are now working together to try to achieve a step change in this area. 

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Auto-Id technologies provide a reliable means to identify and track items as they move through the supply chain, providing the visibility that all professional practitioners seek. While some automotive manufacturers investigate the capabilities of other technologies, RFID still tops the list as the favoured technology, assisted by a considerable decrease in the cost of the associated hardware over the past decade.

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SMMT Industry Forum has recently appointed Richard Sadler to the position of General Manager for Automotive. Richard joins Industry Forum with over 15 years of tier-one automotive manufacturing and supply chain experience. Since starting his career as an Apprentice, Richard has gone on to hold leadership positions in Production Planning, Purchasing, Engineering and Manufacturing.

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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are much more than just the numbers you report regularly. They are essential tools helping you to understand the performance of your business allowing you to take action and make critical adjustments to achieve your strategic objectives. They help you to identify deficiencies, measure progress, stay on track and implement continuous improvement.

Odette and AIAG first published “Key Performance Indicators for Global Materials Management and Logistics” in 2006 to eliminate the need for each automotive customer to create its own materials management and logistics KPIs, thereby avoiding confusion and extra administration for suppliers.


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Odette2021 - 27/28 May - Prague

We have been monitoring events very closely and we have come to the conclusion that the current situation is unlikely to have improved sufficiently to allow us all to meet for a successful and well attended event in Prague this year.


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As part of the drive to digitalisation, the use of auto-ID technologies such as RFID is increasingly being included as one of the requirements in RFQs sent to suppliers. We all know, of course, that there can be no effective digitalisation without standardisation and the challenge is to ensure interoperable deployment of RFID (and other auto-ID technologies) in order to maximise cost savings and efficiency.

Odette has therefore brought together a group of auto-ID experts from European OEMs and Tier1s to try find a way of avoiding multiple heterogeneous implementations of RFID across the automotive supply chain.

The first meeting of the group took place on 12 Feb in Stuttgart.

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Spain is the largest producer of vehicles in Europe after Germany, while Portugal and Morocco have both seen a significant increase in automotive production over the past few years. In common with their partners and competitors across the world, vehicle manufacturers in these countries are under growing pressure to reduce the environmental impact and cost of their logistics operations. In facing up to this challenge, they are looking more and more to an increase in local sourcing.

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Under the headline “Tearing down Boundaries - Merging Production and Logistics”, the next Forum Automobil Logistik, FAL2020, will take place on 5 & 6 February 2020 in Leipzig, the home of several automotive key players.

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Odette2020 - International Conference & Exhibition - Prague - 25 & 26 May

Few people could have predicted the way the world is today. Geopolitical turmoil, trade wars, rapidly evolving technology and demands for drastic reductions in emissions have resulted in an automotive environment that is more volatile than at any other time in its history. Those who wish to survive must have a flexible and sustainable supply chain able to react quickly to an ever changing situation.

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Odette and AIAG recently announced the release of Version 5 of MMOG/LE. This new version of the widely used supply chain capability assessment tool takes account of the latest evolutions in supply chain processes, logistics and communications technology, cyber security and related audit standards. The tool itself has also evolved and is now available as a browser-based application MMOG.npTo support the global automotive community in the move to MMOG.np, AIAG and Odette have developed a free webinar VIEW WEBINAR

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