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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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The Odette OFTP2 Experts Group regularly reviews the protocol in order to ensure that it continues to meet current business and security requirements. The group has recently recommended several updates to the OFTP2 Implementation Guidelines to ensure that the large and growing OFTP2 community remains secure.

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As a consequence of recent tax law changes in Hungary, as of January 1, 2015 certain activities relating to road transport may solely be carried out by taxpayers who are in possession of a valid identification number (EKAER number) issued by the Electronic Control System of Road Transport (Hungarian abbreviation: EKAER).

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Patrick Reilhac has recently completed his tenure as Director of GALIA and has returned to PSA. He is replaced by Pierre Jamond from Renault.

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In the automotive industry, there are many supply processes which do not rely on stock, such as Just in Time (JIT) or Just in Sequence (JIS) deliveries. However, these processes are not always appropriate and stocks are often used to ensure a seamless production process and insure against any possible disruption in the supply chain.

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In cases where an invoice for goods shipped to another EU country is exempt from VAT, or applies the VAT reverse charge procedure, companies based in Germany are required by law to provide documentary evidence that the goods have physically reached the recipient in the other EU country.

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Odette International has established a European work group in order to share information arising from various reviews of automotive logistics labelling standards which are currently being undertaken at the national level in several Odette countries.

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