mirorAutomotive suppliers are EDI veterans and have been into EDI for a long time. But it used to be relatively uncomplicated because of the industry's business model: just ship a lot of a few assigned parts, on time, without defects. The OEM ran huge assembly plants and put the whole vehicle together. But things have changed. Many first-tier suppliers are now responsible for “systems” (really sub-assemblies) and rely on lower-tier suppliers. As their role changes, so does the complexity. Let's look at a typical supplier who used to manufacture just rear-view mirrors.

This supplier knew the importance of EDI and outsourced EDI with customers to a reputable third party provider. Not a bad choice for the time.

Business went way beyond just providing passenger car mirrors to include commercial vehicles and heavy trucks, and the company became one of the leading experts for camera based sensing systems in the automotive industry. Their global customer base includes all major car makers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. They produce a large variety of high-quality products mainly for the automotive industry (and now other industries as well). Their manufacturing portfolio ranges from simple plastic components to complex modules with world-class surfaces and integrated electric functions.

As the business got more complex, costs rose rapidly, control over the processes decreased and the time it took to onboard new customers increased significantly. The company worked with a leading EDI provider to resolve the situation. They went to an on-premises EDI gateway solution. Their new vendor delivered training and professional services to enable them to be self sufficient in managing their EDI processes and creating integration maps. Couple this with a “VAN2” (B2B Network) for EDI traffic, and they now have a really high class system.

The first thing they saw was an immediate 50% cost saving compared to their outsourced EDI costs. That is only part of the story: they now have the ability to immediately resolve their EDI and communications issues and increase their business agility to meet clients’ evolving EDI demands. They have all the possibilities of EDI connectivity and the maximum capacity of integration with their ERP.

Their manufacturing plants, spread across the globe, are specialized in polymer processing, manufacturing of electronic and electro-mechanical systems, glass processing, automated painting and the assembly of complete systems. Global networking of all departments guarantees that the whole group benefits from the most successful processes and the best experts in the group.
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