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12.12.2017

Just-in-time with EDI

TPCA shows how suppliers can be linked efficiently and in real time

TPCA

Maximum precision and considerable time pressure are the defining characteristics of sophisticated production chains in the automotive sector. It is therefore no surprise that one of the main processes in the industry is known as JIT: just in time. It revolves around the coordination of a complex network of international suppliers with the ultimate goal of having the required parts at the right place and at the right time. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) plays an important role in this process, even at one of the largest automotive manufacturers, TPCA. The joint venture between Toyota, Japan and PSA, France, with its registered office in the Czech Republic has decided to make its EDI state-of-the-art.

At the beginning of 2016, EDITEL won the tender as the new EDI provider for the automotive manufacturer, TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Czech s.r.o).

The service range, the potential and the professional approach of EDITEL within the scope of the entire tender process, coupled with 30 years of experience in the implementation of EDI projects, have met and exceeded our expectations.

Aleš Höfner, General Manager of TPCA Kolín

One of the first challenges for EDITEL in the cooperation with TPCA was the migration of data from the old EDI solution to the EDI service eXite® by EDITEL. An integral component of the migration process was the seamless onboarding of the suppliers and the set-up of a new Web EDI portal, specifically for TPCA suppliers. Thanks to the portal, costs were reduced and unnecessary effort due to data errors was eliminated along the production chain. The communication with suppliers and business partners of TPCA via EDI services (Electronic Data Interchange) of EDITEL functions smoothly and just-in-time (JIT). In addition to traditional EDI and logistics documents, such as electronic despatch advices, forecasts and settlement documents are also exchanged.

EDI is an essential technology in the automotive industry, which will especially continue to evolve in the field of logistics, as well as inventory management. As an added benefit to this successful project, we were able to find out a great deal about PDF invoices from EDITEL. EDITEL will once again be our trusted partner.

Milos Bares, project team member at TPCA

In brief

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About TPCA

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.