Foreign automakers in Russia are benefiting from a stronger, more stable ruble, which is reducing their costs and supporting earnings in dollar terms at a time when the once-booming local market is expected to return to growth after four tough years. The companies, including Volkswagen Group, Renault-Nissan and Ford Motor, were some of the hardest […]Read More
Today, we have Volkswagen TDI models that are “undrivable” following diesel fixes, the true impact of the clean energy industry on the U.S. economy, and news on German and Austrian electrification efforts. All this and more on Green Car Reports. In Germany and Austria, EV owners will soon reap the benefits of a rapidly expanding charging […]Read More
Labor leaders at Audi have asked top management to assign production of an all-electric model to the carmaker’s main Ingolstadt plant in Germany. Unions are concerned that Audi’s German workers might lose out as electric cars gain in importance. Audi will next year start building its first mass-produced electric model, the e-tron quattro SUV, at a […]Read More
Ford will invest $1.2 billion to build or modernize three facilities in Michigan where it plans to assemble trucks and SUVs, and to store consumer data, a reflection of the trends that are fundamentally reshaping the auto industry’s business model and manufacturing operations in the U.S. More at Washington PostRead More
Workers at Hyundai Motor Co.’s Czech plant will get on average a 12 percent pay raise this year, local management said on Tuesday, the latest big increase at a major manufacturer in Europe’s tightest labor market. Unemployment in the Czech Republic is the lowest in the European Union at a rate of 3.4 percent, according […]Read More
WHEN DOES A six second video send the car and tech communities into a frenzy? When it’s posted by Elon Musk, and it shows his long-gestating new baby, the Tesla Model 3, peeling away from a standstill under heavy acceleration before braking to a hard stop 100 feet up the street. more at WiredRead More
Magna International sees onboard cameras as a significant segment for growth in the supply chain. The Canadian parts giant has been supplying automakers with cameras for about a decade but projects it to be an increasingly bigger piece of the supply chain as autonomous vehicles gain acceptance and eventually, government approval. Magna CEO Don Walker […]Read More
UK car production rose by 8 percent in February to its highest level in 17 years, extending a recent trend of surging output as a strong rise in exports once again compensated for a slump in demand at home, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said in a statement on Thursday. more at Automotive News […]Read More
President Trump’s plan to conduct a second midterm review of federal fuel-economy and carbon-dioxide emissions standards arguably sets right a wrong because the previous examination was rushed through with limited industry input, but whether easing those goals will create jobs is considered debatable. “EPA pulled a fast one,” Rebecca Lindland, analyst with Kelley Blue Book, […]Read More
BAIC Motor Co. has too many models and too many assembly plants, and now the state-owned automaker’s sales have begun to tumble. In the first two months of this year, sales of Beijing Auto’s own brands fell 43 percent to 43,500 vehicles. By contrast, industry light-vehicle deliveries in China rose 6.3 percent. You might expect […]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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