A management scandal in its Chinese office cost MTS Systems Corp. millions of dollars and played havoc with the automotive supplier’s recent financial reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Minnesota-based company says damage was limited and no intellectual property was stolen, the incident could be a cautionary tale to other companies doing […]Read More
A second U-turn this year by Ford Motor Co. in Mexico has raised the specter of Chinese competition for local carmaking, adding to pressure on the industry after repeated threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to saddle it with punitive tariffs. Ford announced last week that it would move some production of its Focus small […]Read More
Chinese automaker Sokon Industry Group Co. will pay $110 million (752 million yuan) to buy the assembly plant of U.S. military vehicle maker AM General to produce electric vehicles in Indiana. Under the agreement signed last week, Sokon’s Silicon Valley-based subsidiary — SF Motors — will build EVs after retooling the factory. Sokon will invest […]Read More
KUALA LUMPUR — Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will buy a 49.9 percent stake in struggling carmaker Proton from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom. Geely will also acquire a majority share of 51 percent in U.K. sports-car maker Lotus Cars from Proton, Geely said in a statement Wednesday. Geely is the parent company of Hong Kong-based Geely Automobile […]Read More
The best way to change perceptions about electric cars is to put novices in the driver’s seat—quite literally in this sense. The advocacy group Plug In America went to Capitol Hill recently, with a barrage of plug-in electric and pure battery electric vehicles, in an effort to educate lawmakers on their importance. Hundreds of senate […]Read More
The UK needs to strike a trade deal with Turkey and South Africa as well as with the remainder of the European Union when the country leaves the bloc, Ford’s Europe chief, Jim Farley, said on Wednesday. “For Ford, it’s not only important for the UK’s agreement with the 27 countries but equally important are […]Read More
The race to develop self-driving and mobility technologies is heating up and two of the hottest spots are San Francisco’s Silicon Valley and Detroit. Countless hopeful tech startups are converging on these cities from around the world to pitch their ideas. So much so, it is becoming difficult for automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to […]Read More
Half a century ago, the General Motors assembly plant was the largest employer in Fremont, California, and the town was known for its dragstrip. Today, that plant makes Tesla electric cars and Fremont is a part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, creating advanced technology for the world. The city has now taken […]Read More
Automotive supplier Delphi Automotive plans to spin off its powertrain unit in order to focus on developing technology for autonomous driving systems and electrically powered vehicles. Delphi has shed most of its lower-margin automotive supplier businesses in recent years and is seen as one of the companies best placed to grow as the industry moves […]Read More
Many U.S. car buyers still aren’t aware that the Chinese market surpassed North America in volume and importance fully a decade ago. Similarly, in advanced automotive technology, a case can be made that China is more important than the U.S. Nowhere is that more evident than in plug-in electric cars. Through a combination of carrots […]Read 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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