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What is a VDA 4905 Message?

The VDA 4905 message is a legacy EDI message type for sending planning schedule information sent from a customer to a supplier. It was a VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry or in German Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V.) standard and an essential document for electronic purchasing processes in the automotive and manufacturing industries. The new VDA 4984 message replaces the legacy VDA 4905 message. Still today, a good number of Automotive OEMs and Tier 1 Automotive suppliers is using the VDA 4905 message, or at least offer it in parallel to the more modern VDA 4984 message type.

The different partners involved in the supply chain need to work in sync for an optimal use of the respective assembly lines. The effectiveness of communications in the supply chains is built on Electronic data interchange (EDI).


The use of the VDA 4905 Message

Manufacturing companies use the VDA 4905 format to notify their suppliers of the predicted need. The message represents a forecast with data and quantity information for the required materials. A VDA 4905 message can also contain information about last goods receipt (delivery note, receipt date) and CRQ numbers. Production and material release information is not included in this legacy format.

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