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EDI for Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile

Production line in the automotive sector: EDI provider for the automotive manufacturer TPCA

The situation

Like all other industries, the automotive industry is under considerable cost pressure. One of the options for automotive manufacturers to reduce operating costs is to lower their stock and to arrange for suppliers to deliver straight to the production lines. TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Czech s.r.o.), based in Kolín, Czech Republic, chose this path since it was established in 2002, when TMC, the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, and PSA Groupe, the European market leader, signed a cooperation agreement, and since TPCA started manufacturing cars in 2005.

EDI, a highly useful tool, has already become an inherent part of the automotive industry because it helps ensure smooth supply to the production lines, e.g. in the JIT (just-in-time) system. In addition, EDI also helps prevent shortages in the component delivery process. The automotive manufacturer TPCA has decided to make its EDI state-of-the-art and to introduce a new design. EDITEL was chosen to carry out the demanding adjustments after winning the tender as the new EDI provider for the automotive manufacturer TPCA in 2016.

The service range, the potential and the professional approach of EDITEL during the entire tender process, coupled with 22 years’ experience in EDI project implementation, have met and exceeded our expectations. Aleš Höfner, Generální Manager.

The solution

The creation of a state-of-the-art web EDI portal with a very attractive design in line with the requirements of TPCA was one of the challenges EDITEL tackled during its collaboration with TPCA. The same was true for the implementation of certain gradual improvements. The use of the web portal has made the exchange of logistics documents as well as other business documents much easier for all TPCA suppliers.

EDI is an essential part of the automotive sector, which will continue to evolve, especially in the logistics and warehouse management processes. We have learned a lot about PDF invoicing from EDITEL during this successful project. Miloš Bareš, Information Systems Department Application Systems.

Fast supplier onboarding

Other than the web portal, traditional EDI communication channels are available to suppliers to transmit traditional automotive document formats, such as EDIFACT DELJIT, EDIFACT DELFOR and ODETTE DELINS ORDER. The seamless onboarding of suppliers was also an integral part of the migration process from the original EDI provider to EDITEL. TPCA relied on the Partner Management service by EDITEL for this very purpose.

Benefits thanks to EDI at TPCA

  • Reduction of costs and resources
  • Fast and seamless connection of over 250 suppliers thanks to EDITELs Partner Management service
  • Increased quality and know-how transfer in customer support
  • Fast and seamless migration to new EDI infrastructure
  • Service support in local language
  • Flexible infrastructure which can be easily adapted to future TPCA needs and requirements

About Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile

The automotive manufacturer TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Czech s.r.o), with its registered office in Kolín, Czech Republic, is a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan, and PSA Groupe, France. With a total of 2400 employees and annual sales of CZK 41 billion, TPCA is the third-largest automotive factory in the Czech Republic.

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