A collaboration between Australia and New Zealand could demonstrate how countries can pool resources to develop autonomous vehicles. The South Pacific countries are to launch an Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative, according to Peter Damen, chair of the executive steering committee of one of the partners, the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative. More at […]Read More
When it comes to luxury electric-car startups, hype is the name of the game. Lucid Motors unveiled its Air luxury sedan in December, promising a range of up to 400 miles, power of 1,000 horsepower, and cutting-edge technology. But very few people outside the company have gotten more than a glimpse at what, on paper, […]Read More
The Trump administration plans to open the door to a possible reconsideration of greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks that has been sought by automakers, according to a person familiar with the plans. The Environmental Protection Agency in the final days of the Obama administration decided to lock in the emissions standards through 2025 that had been […]Read More
Hyundai launches production of the new-generation Solaris sedan, Russiaʼs best-selling auto brand in 2016, at its plant in St. Petersburg. Production this year will not exceed 55,000 units but eventually will range between 100,000 and 110,000, according to Hyundai Motor CIS, the Korean automaker’s Russian subsidiary. More at Wards AutomotiveRead More
General Motors executives said they decided to sell Opelbecause Europe’s changing geo-political and regulatory climate demands more investment at a time when they see a greater need to focus on North America, China and emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles. The $2.3 billion deal with PSA Group of France will not only free up GM resources for […]Read More
Once again, it’s the first day of the month following a weekday sales close, when the auto industry turns its eyes to the sales charts emerging from all automakers (except Tesla). For plug-in electric cars, the question this month remains the same as last month: how many Chevrolet Bolt EVs did GM deliver? As distribution […]Read More
Geely called on the government to loosen strict controls on mapping, saying current rules in place for national security reasons risk inhibiting the development of self-driving vehicles. Automakers are racing to develop autonomous, self-driving cars which many believe will revolutionize the future of transportation, with governments across the world hoping to promote the development of […]Read More
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Officer Ralf Speth backed Nissan’s calls for extra funding for suppliers in the wake of last year’s Brexit vote, while cautioning that there must be “fair play” for all UK-based automakers. More at AutonewsRead More
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is targeting the Range Rover Velar at the top end of the premium market by pricing its latest SUV much higher than rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The Velar will start at 44,830 pounds ($55,700) in its UK home market, slightly more than the 43,553 pounds entry-level Porsche Macan […]Read More
General Motors and Nissan Motor Co., helped by strong truck demand and more generous discounts, posted higher February U.S. light-vehicle sales, while weak car shipments put a dent in Ford Motor Co. volume. GM sales rose 4.2 percent and Nissan climbed 3.7 percent. Mazda was also up, while Audi was among several brands with double-digit […]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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