Volvo Cars’ profit increased 28 percent last year to a record high as the Chinese-owned automaker experienced strong demand for new models — especially in China. Operating earnings rose to 14.1 billion Swedish crowns ($1.76 billion, 11.1 billion yuan) in 2017 from 11.0 billion a year earlier, as revenue climbed 17 percent to 210.9 billion […]Read More
Consumer confusion over Brexit and the government’s policy on diesel are blamed for the first drop in U.K. vehicle production in eight years. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says U.K. plant production dropped 3% to 1,671,166 units in 2017, but the result still was the second-highest in 17 years. The biggest drop was […]Read More
PSA Group, steaming toward a return to the U.S. auto market, is poised to put its North American headquarters in the greater Atlanta area, Automotive News has learned. A spokesman for PSA North America declined to comment on the plan, but a source familiar with the project confirmed the selection of metro Atlanta. More at […]Read More
SHANGHAI — China’s state-owned automakers tend to be risk-averse creatures. As profits pour in from their partnerships with foreign automakers, they hesitate to rock the boat. So why is Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. behaving differently? What led the company to disclose plans this week to enter the U.S., widely viewed as the world’s toughest market? […]Read More
So, Chevrolet has given us an early glimpse of the redesigned Silverado pickup ahead of its official debut next month at the North American International Auto Show. Technical details are few, but the photos released Saturday actually do reveal a lot. Let’s start with the fenders and sides of the truck. See those deep curves, […]Read More
In recent years, dozens of electric vehicle startups have emerged in China striving to become the Chinese Tesla. Who will prevail? Keep your eye on Baoneng Investment Group, a Chinese conglomerate that has acquired Qoros Automotive, a company that once had big plans to enter Europe. Baoneng has humble roots. Incorporated in Shenzhen in 1992, […]Read More
Russia’s strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russian subsidiary AvtoVAZ, as well as Hyundai and sister brand Kia. These three dominant players are poised to profit most from the market’s rebound.Read More
Volvo unveiled its all-new XC40 model at the Los Angeles auto show in November, moving the brand into the rapidly growing small-CUV market segment in the U.S. And while it’s attractively styled and appears to tick all the boxes needed to blend seamlessly into the lineup alongside its XC60 and XC90 big brothers, what’s most […]Read More
Sales of light vehicles in China declined 0.03 percent to 2.6 million vehicles in November from a year earlier, marking the first time the market failed to rise in nearly two years, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported. The slight year-on-year dip reflected explosive sales growth a year earlier, noted John Zeng, Asian director […]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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