Nowadays most people are familiar with e-commerce and e-business. This is a sign of a growing acceptance of new technologies in our society and business world. New, old terms come up and are published, such as WEB, EDI, XML, EDIFACT, EANCOM etc. They have become part of our daily communication such as online, Internet or e-business-addresses as www.xyz.com or xyz@something.de.

But often these terms are modern, unclear slogans and people do not really understand them since they do not know the background. That is why we intended to develop a practical and concrete system by using electronic procedures for our business processes.

At the end of the Nineties, some specialists of our industry predicted that within only some years 50 % of all orders would be handled by means of electronic processes. Today we are already well on the way to reach this aim. Some tyre industries are already managing 20 % of incoming orders electronically. Processes are accelerated and jobs of checking and acquiring data can be reduced. Current stock and delivery information contribute to stabilize business and existing partnerships. Both sides benefit of this so-called win-win situation.

While company-exceeding business process chains in the consumer goods industry have already been harmonized by means of ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) and benefit is already being generated, the tyre trade faces a decisive and magnificent step.

This means to create a standard that enables all participants to use the electronic world of data communication and data processing by homogenous and agreed procedures and methods.

Procedures and structures need not to be invented. We look at the international standard EDIFACT / EANCOM, which has already been successful in other industrial sectors.

What are the expectations of the standard?

To a variety of customer-supplier relations without a variety of technical systems.