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What is a VDA 4916 Message?

VDA 4916 - The JIS EDI information for manufacturers in the automotive industry

The VDA 4916 message provides Just-in-Sequence (JIS) information that is sent to suppliers by their customers using EDI. The VDA 4916 message is focusing on automotive manufacturers wanting to communicate demands to suppliers who deliver specific parts in a determined sequence directly to a production line. These JIS messages follow the VDA standards and are supplement documents for electronic purchasing processes based on delivery schedules commonly used in the automotive manufacturing.    

VDA 4916 is a VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry or in German Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V.) standard and is an essential document for the electronic delivery and purchasing processes in the automotive industries. The new VDA 4986 message replaces the legacy VDA 4916 message.


The use of the VDA 4916 Message

Building a car is a highly automated procedure. What makes it particularly sophisticated is the individual configuration of each car in terms of equipment, optional features, etc. Thus suppliers producing parts need to send them to an OEM’s assembly line always in the right sequence. Therefore the VDA 4916 message was used to communicate exactly this information.

As each individual item was communicated with a VDA 4916 message the calls were sent very frequently in most JIS scenarios which required a very stable and performant EDI.

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