GALIA was created in 1984 to meet an urgent need to improve exchanges between business partners within the automotive industry.
At that time, there was neither Internet nor e-Business EDI (Exchange of Data Interchange) and EDTi (Exchange of Technical Data) was in its very early days.
Originally, GALIA mainly covered the Logistics field defining label standards, packaging and pallets, plastic boxes, small metallic containers) and EDI messages.
Nowadays GALIA also deals with exchanges in Engineering and B2B/Invoicing domains and processes to improve the supply chain performance.
During the first ten years, the recommended formats and profiles were based on standards developed by the European organization ODETTE. Then came the international EDIFACT standards: ODETTE and GALIA adopted them. In France, the manufacturers PSA Groupe, Renault and Renault Trucks, as well as the major OEMs, then launched a vast operation to migrate EDI messages to the ODETTE EDIFACT standard. However, this is not the general case in Europe: the ODETTE standards (as opposed to ODETTE EDIFACT), VDA, even ANSI 12 of American origin, are still widely used.
ODETTE and GALIA have issued around thirty implementation guides for the various messages, covering the entire Logistics area.
Engineering was also covered thanks to the ENGDAT message, which is also an ODETTE EDIFACT standard. But Engineering is a very large field, particularly lively within the framework of SASIG. SASIG included IAAG, JAMA/JAPIA, GALIA the VDA and ODETTE Sweden. SASIG’s work focused on a few essential subjects for the development of collaborative work and the digital model:
Gradually, GALIA became interested in logistics processes by developing a logistics evaluation guideline, EVALOG, which later gave way to a global standard: Global MMOG/LE. At the same time, the work also focused on best practices for key processes such as: Forecasts, Performance indicators, Service rates, Logistics protocol, etc.
All GALIA documentation is available in the Standards section.