BMW has announced it will build its next electric car, the iX3 SUV, in China just as a trade war heats up between the U.S. and China involving cars-and in particular, electric cars. On Monday, BMW announced that it will expand its Chinese partnership with Brilliance, known as BMW Brilliance Automotive or BBA, to build […]Read More
Tesla Inc. and BMW AG are raising vehicle prices in China, becoming the first carmakers to take major steps and counter punitive tariffs amid rising trade tensions between Beijing and the United States. BMW said it will be unable to “completely absorb” a new Chinese 25 percent tariff on imported U.S.-made models and will have […]Read More
The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer is getting an unconventional reveal. The production model hasn’t been shown yet, but we now basically know what it’ll look like thanks to these photos of the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid—a renamed Explorer SUV for the 5-0. While the overall silhouette might fool you into thinking it’s […]Read More
JLR CEO Ralf Speth has warned Theresa May’s government that a “bad Brexit” deal would jeopardize as much as 80 billion pounds ($106 billion) in investments over the next five years and could force the automaker to leave the UKRead More
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signaled that it will have more cash on hand than debt on its books by the end of this month for the first time since the merger that created it in 2009 during a wide-ranging series of long-term plans presented in Balocco, Italy. More at Automotive NewsRead More
SHANGHAI — U.S.-made vehicle imports from Ford, Lincoln and some German brands are being held up for extra checks when clearing Chinese customs, Reuters reported this week. The impact on U.S. as well as other global car brands will be limited as most of their products are produced locally. What is worrisome is that as […]Read More
Ford Motor Co. said production of F-150 and Super Duty pickups at multiple U.S. factories will be halted this week because of a fire at a supplier plant that produces instrument panels for the trucks. General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz also reported production disruptions. Production of Ford’s most profitable vehicle could be knocked out […]Read More
Last Wednesday, during Tesla’s earnings call, we learned that CEO Elon Musk planned to restructure the company and to cut the number of contractors used at Tesla’s factories. That day came suddenly this morning. Electrek reported this morning that it had obtained an internal memo from Musk noting that contractors’ time was up, and that […]Read More
With Beijing planning to press automakers to boost electrified vehicle output and announcing a phaseout of limits on foreign ownership of local production ventures, one would expect global brands to show urgency in launching electric vehicles and relief at the prospect of breaking away from their forced partnerships with local companies. But last week at […]Read More
Lear says it will close a seating plant in Ontario, Canada, after union members there rejected the latest tentative contract offer by 94 percent on May 1Read More
What is the IMDS?
The International Material Database System (IMDS) is a web-based tool to archive all the materials used to manufacture an automobile. The IMDS exists for Tier I–IV suppliers to automotive OEMs and their subsidiaries and suppliers. Submitting Material Data Sheets (MDSs) for each component to the IMDS is now a requirement along with supplying the product or part.
Purpose of the IMDS
The IMDS provides a common system for archiving and maintaining a database of materials used in vehicles. The system serves to ensure that OEMs and their suppliers are in compliance with international and national standards. In the future, the database will facilitate the recycling of scrapped vehicles.
The IMDS has quickly gained acceptance with the growing demand for recycling. All vehicle components will be fed back into the substance recovery cycle. In this way, the IMDS plays a significant role in protecting the environment.
More and more automotive OEMs have accepted the ELV directive and now require IMDS compliance. These OEMs now include: BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, Fuji Heavy Industries, General Motors, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Shanghai GM, Sangyong, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. If you are supplying parts or materials for new cars manufactured by any of these OEM members, most likely you are subject to IMDS reporting requirements.
IMDS compliance is a well-established condition of supply within the automotive sector. It’s also a mandatory part of the PPAP process. Tier I suppliers are now responsible for submitting the component data for their parts into the IMDS system. They often delegate this responsibility to their Tier II–IV suppliers. This means the cost for submitting Material Data Sheets has been pushed down to smaller and smaller companies.
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