Ford U.K. is researching the creation of a crowd-sourced virtual pothole map showing drivers in real-time on in-car displays where potholes are and how bad they are and suggesting alternative routes. Ford says bad road surfaces contribute to more than a third of accidents every year, and its aim is to prevent costly car repairs. Ward’s AutoRead More
A German labor court barred the public disclosure of documents relating to Volkswagen Group’s emissions scandal during a hearing for wrongful dismissal brought by a former employee at VW subsidiary Audi. Auto News EuropeRead More
Indiana may soon follow Michigan in implementing fees for electric cars, with the stated goal of helping to pay for road repairs. Michigan is now adding fees for electric cars, as well as plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars, because they don’t burn enough gasoline to generate the same state tax revenue as other vehicles. More […]Read More
Daimler said it will open its first factory in Russia to build SUVs and the E-class sedan. The company will invest more than 250 million euros in the 20,000-unit capacity factory, located about 40 km northwest of Moscow, with the first cars due to leave the assembly line in 2019. More infoRead More
Due to planned maintenance, during the period February 22nd until March 3rd, Jaguar Land Rover (IMDS Account 297) will be unable to process any IMDS data sheets. Data sheets can still be sent during this period, but will not be processed. If you have any urgent data that needs to be accepted, please send the […]Read More
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an official EPA-rated range of 238 miles per charge on the combined test cycle. That gives it the longest range of any electric car currently on sale in the U.S. that isn’t a Tesla, at a base price around half that of the least-expensive model from the Silicon Valley […]Read More
Ford is expanding its customer service division by launching the new Omnicraft brand of aftermarket parts to cover non-Ford vehicles. Omnicraft parts will be sold at 10,500 dealerships globally. Ford expects the global demand for automotive parts and service to expand by 70 percent in the next six years.Read More
German prosecutors have extended a probe into Volkswagen’s use of “defeat device” software in diesel cars to former CEO Martin Winterkorn. Winterkorn, who resigned shortly after the existence of VW “defeat device” software was revealed by the EPA last September, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions-manipulating software until shortly before the scandal broke. This […]Read More
Subaru is showing the “next XV” on Facebook, saying the small raised wagon will be shown in Geneva on March 7. The current model was known as the XV Crosstrek when it came out, but now it is just called the Crosstrek. Subaru is likely using the XV name in its teaser because that is […]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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