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Every day, companies in the automotive industry must deal with trucks which arrive at their factories to deliver parts or collect finished products. Managing the arrival, on-plant movement, loading/unloading and departure of these trucks, which can sometimes number several hundred a day, is an extremely complex process.

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Standardising communications between OEMs and tier one and two suppliers offers novel possibilities to smooth out the volatile conditions that modern automotive logistics has to contend with. According to Robert Cameron, Head of VDA Logistics and Production Department and Chairman of Odette International, automotive supply chains could respond more quickly to the volatile powertrain mix in today’s car production and the flexibility that is required since Covid-19, if outbound communication was more standardised.

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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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An accurate MMOG/LE assessment requires the involvement of experienced internal and/or external assessors as well as supply chain managers with advanced supply chain knowledge. To reinforce this knowledge and commitment, Odette and AIAG have agreements with training providers who offer top class MMOG/LE training courses all around the world.

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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 and test 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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In September 2016, Odette published a new version of its European Profile of the Global Transport Label – GTL EPv2 (LL08). The review provided the opportunity to modernise the label through the use of new bar coding technologies but the over-riding objective was to reduce the variety in current implementations of the original GTL in the European automotive industry.

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It is with a certain sadness that we say goodbye to Ingrid Lundberg, who has retired from her role as MD of Odette Sweden but we are delighted to welcome Michael Bogren as her replacement.  Michael joins Odette from Encode the well-known IT service provider in Sweden.

Ingrid has a long history with Odette, stretching back to 1987 when the Odette Transport Label was first introduced. She has represented the Volvo Group both within Odette Sweden and within Odette International in various roles.

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Major automotive players are continually looking to implement Odette Standards, Tools and Services throughout their global operations and are putting additional requirements on their suppliers, such as new digital messages or auto-id techniques, in order to ensure that their SCM operations remain best in class.

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MMOG/LE Version 5 is now available and customers will be announcing their v4 to v5 migration plans over the coming months to give suppliers sufficient time to ensure that their SCM operations can meet the new standard but Version 5 will quickly become the norm for self-assessment of automotive supplier sites across the world.

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In September 2017, Odette published its Best Practice Recommendation ‘Packaging Management Guidelines’ (LG14) which was the result of a number of OEMs, Tier suppliers and LSPs from across Europe as well as Odette National Organisations working together to define the essential preconditions to packaging management.

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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.np

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