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Odette International is delighted to announce that Al Jeory, Head of Inbound Logistics, Jaguar Land Rover has accepted the role of President of the Odette Council.

As President, Jeory will lead the debate on the major supply chain management issues facing the European automotive industry and provide guidance to the Odette Board on future priorities, as well as being the ‘face’ of Odette at industry events.

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Lille - 12 & 13 November

This year the Odette International Conference & Exhibition takes place in Lille, the northern powerhouse of the French automotive industry. Work on the programme is already well underway and we are delighted to be able to announce two keynote speakers for the event:

Francesca GAMBONI, Senior Vice-President Supply Chain, Peugeot Groupe

Jürgen MAIDL, Senior Vice-President Supply Chain, BMW

These prestigious speakers will be sharing their insights on the drive to digital of the automotive supply chain.  

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The current version of Global MMOG (Version 4) was first released in 2014 and now needs to be reviewed in order to ensure that it takes account of the constant evolutions in supply chain processes and technology. A team of supply chain experts from Odette and AIAG member companies has therefore been assembled and is meeting on a weekly basis to define the new requirements for Version 5 of the tool.

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Although the current Excel based MMOG/LE tool has served the industry well over the past decade, Odette has now developed a modern browser based application called MMOG.np (new platform) to take its place. MMOG/LE users from both sides of the Atlantic have been involved in the development and testing of this new platform to ensure that it meets not only the current needs but also the ‘wish lists’ of both customers and suppliers in the automotive supply chain.

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While the digitalisation of supply chain processes upstream from vehicle manufacturers has been underway for many years, the processes downstream from the manufacturer have been somewhat neglected up to now. The increasing implementation of on-board telematics in new cars has, however, given a fresh impetus to the digitalisation of finished vehicle logistics.

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming an increasingly important Auto ID technology in the automotive industry. It is used to identify assets, track the movement of parts, packaging and transport equipment through the logistics process and record the use of components and assemblies in production.

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Automotive OEMs encourage the use of Returnable Packaging, generally known as Returnable Transport Items (RTI), to move parts from their suppliers to their production lines or after-sales facilities. RTIs enable companies to eliminate the costs involved in the disposal of one-way packaging such as cardboard boxes and also help to reduce the environmental footprint of the automotive industry.

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Odette International in collaboration with the VDA Workgroup Kommunikations- und Informationstechnologie (KIT) exhibited at the recent Forum Automobillogistik 2018 in Frankfurt to showcase the work that is being done at both national and international level to accelerate digitalisation and streamline communications in the automotive supply chain.

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Odette and its National Organisations rely on volunteers from members companies to work in projects on behalf of the automotive supply chain community. Odette Awards are given to recognise those leading this project work despite many of them also having heavy workloads within their companies...

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The use of returnable packaging (aka RTI) in the automotive supply chain has grown tremendously over recent years. This growth has had a number of different drivers, including, cost, environmental, parts protection, lineside storage and physical handling amongst others.

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Which country has a deep pool of technology expertise and strong recent GDP growth tracking ahead of global growth? And which country has been attracting the interest of global automotive OEMs as an alternative supply source, not just for parts, but also for smart car technology.

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If your company is a user of the logistics capability assessment tool known as Global MMOG/LE (often abbreviated to MMOG) which has been developed jointly by Odette and AIAG, then read on. Version 4 of MMOG was released in May 2014 and we at Odette, are now considering whether further developments to the tool are required by, or would be helpful to, our customers.



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Several announcements have been made recently by the IT security community regarding the SHA-1 signature algorithm which is considered capable of being broken at some time in the near future. The Odette Certificate Authority (CA) has therefore decided to switch to signing its certificates using the SHA-256 signature algorithm (commonly known as SHA-2). This switch will take place over the weekend of 12th/13th September

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With the retirement of John Canvin from his position as MD of Odette International, the six National Organisation shareholders of Odette (AIA, ANFAC, GALIA, Odette Sweden, SMMT and VDA) have decided to change the previous governance model so that they can become more closely involved in the day to day management of Odette activities.  

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