Securities analysts and strategists at many of the world’s major automakers are awaiting the outcome of a meeting at which Ssangyong Motor directors discussed and cast votes on the Korean automaker’s plans to enter the U.S. market by 2020. More at Wards AutomotiveRead More
UK production fell 4 percent in September, the fifth monthly drop this year as the SMMT industry body demanded clarity on Brexit negotiations. It said the prospect of leaving the EU with no deal would be the “worst” outcome for the sector. More at Auto NewsRead More
Tesla Inc. reaffirmed it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by year end. However, the automaker declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached. The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that the U.S. electric […]Read More
Mercedes-Benz has already laid out its plans for a portfolio of electric and electrified vehicles, and now parent company Daimler has announced further strategy refinements for Mercedes-Benz and its other brands. The Smart brand will become all-electric, it said, while its commercial truck operations will continue to add electrified powertrains to the mix, with an […]Read More
Volvo Car Group’s China deliveries jumped nearly 30 percent year on year to 11,544 vehicles in September, fueled by strong sales of crossovers and sedans. The Swedish automaker said it enjoyed strong demand for the XC60 crossover, S60L “stretch” sedan and S90 sedan. However, Volvo did not release model-by-model sales data. For the first nine […]Read More
We’ve got many more details on the 2019 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid SUV, which will go on sale next summer. If you’re shopping for a Chevy Bolt EV electric car or Volt plug-in hybrid, joining Costco may save you money. Elating some and angering others, the EPA will study cutting the ethanol in U.S. […]Read More
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
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.
If your company has been forced to comply with the IMDS requirement, you may be unprepared to navigate the IMDS maze. Let us do it for you!
IMDS DATA has expertise in the ELV and IMDS to ensure that you meet your compliance requirements. We will support you with cost-effective methods to implement and manage the required data management and reporting programs.
Best of all, we have IMDS experts on call when you need it done right and done fast. We’ll take care of the entire process for one low fee. Contact us now for a free no-obligation price quote today.