For decades, OEMs have been reducing their value-added share without a significant loss in their absolute value-added volume. Accordingly, suppliers are playing an ever-increasing role in automotive production, which has expanded their value-added share and particularly their value-added volume. Automotive manufacturers' procurement strategies are not only characterized by reductions in in-house production (outsourcing), but also by increased global sourcing.
Increased Demands on Logistical Processes
Globalization has led to increased demands on logistical processes around the world. Growing complexity has made regional formats, such as VDA messages in German-speaking countries, unnecessary. That's why many OEMs have begun a long-term process of replacing VDA message formats with new EDIFACT-based global EDI messages.
Volkswagen is Leading the Way
While several OEMs, including Daimler, are still hesitant, Volkswagen is leading the way and plans to phase out key VDA messages by 2018. The corresponding campaign began in 2014, and more than 5000 vendors are affected by this conversion in Germany alone.
Webinar on the New Challenges Vendors Face
Many vendors will be affected by this new development as key VDA messages for forecast delivery schedules (VDA 4905) and JIT delivery schedules (VDA 4915) are to be replaced by the end of 2016. This webinar will focus on the fundamentals of this change and let you know how your business can begin taking the necessary measures on time.
Topic: Global EDI messages in automotive supply chains
Date: October 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm (CET)
Presenter: Ozan Kesim, Consultant for Automotive & SCM