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
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Ford Motor plans to build a new electric vehicle in Mexico rather than in Michigan, choosing instead to build a future self-driving vehicle at the Detroit-area plant. The Flat Rock, Mich. factory had been designated for production of an unidentified electric car. That vehicle will now be made at an existing Mexico facility. More at USATODAYRead More
Toyota has narrowed down options to two states Details at AutonewsRead More
Uwe Ellinghaus is leaving Cadillac after four years as the brand’s global chief marketing officer, effective Jan. 31. Cadillac spokesman Andrew Lipman said Ellinghaus is departing for “personal reasons.” A search for Ellinghaus’ successor will be conducted “over the coming months,” according to an internal memoRead More
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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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