China has long aimed to be the global leader in battery cells, solar power, and electric vehicles. But with more carrots and stronger sticks, electric-car sales started to rise in the country a couple of years ago. With close to a fifth of the world’s population starting to consider cars powered by electricity, manufacturers are […]Read More
Tesla is taking a major gamble regarding the production of its upcoming Model 3 sedan in skipping prototype tooling and jumping straight to permanent production tooling, says a noted auto-manufacturing expert. “He’s pushing the envelope to see how much time and cost he can take out of the process,” Ron Harbour, a manufacturing consultant at […]Read More
Apple, in another sign the tech giant is moving forward with plans to develop self-driving vehicle technology, has been granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. More at AutoNewsRead More
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Volvo Car Corp. says it has started shipping the first batch of 400 China-built S90 sedans to the U.S. The long-wheelbase sedans were produced at Volvo’s assembly plant in the northeastern China city of Daqing. The sedans will arrive at Volvo’s U.S. dealerships in June, the company said. The stretched S90 has a wheelbase of […]Read More
Fiat Chrysler will move the U.S. headquarters for its Maserati brand from New Jersey to the former Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the grounds of FCA’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., two sources familiar with the plan said. The transfer from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., to the shuttered museum about 25 miles north of Detroit will […]Read More
Hyundai and Kia are saying little about Chinese media reports and word from industry sources that the Korean automakersʼ combined March sales plummeted 52% amid a politically charged consumer boycott. Official sales figures are to be released soon by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, while the automakers have withheld their regular monthly announcement of […]Read More
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp said it is spending $1.33 billion in its Kentucky plant as part of a plan to invest $10 billion in the United States over the next five years. The investment in the plant, Toyota’s largest, comes amid uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies that could affect certain Japanese […]Read More
The Trump administration would nearly eliminate federal funding for the EPA’s budget for light-vehicle emissions and fuel-economy testing but will seek to raise fees on the auto industry to pay for some testing, a government document shows. The cuts would slash by more than half the staff of the EPA department that conducts vehicle, engine, […]Read More
March sales decreases at Ford, Honda, Toyota and FCA overshadowed gains at Nissan and General Motors, casting doubt on forecasts that the U.S. industry would ride generous incentives to its first monthly advance of the year. More at Automotive NewsRead 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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