BARCELONA –Nissan has decided to close its factory in Barcelona, resulting in the loss of about 2,800 jobs. The closure was announced on Thursday by the automaker’s CEO, Makoto Uchida, during a webcast detailing the automaker’s new three-year global business plan Read more Auto News EuropeRead More
LOS ANGELES — California distributor HAAH Automotive Holdings is suspending plans to import vehicles from China’s Zotye Automobile Co. until financial conditions improve in its home market. HAAH will now focus on a second Chinese partner, Chery Automobile Co., CEO Duke Hale told Automotive News. In February, HAAH announced plans to sell Chery-engineered crossovers assembled […]Read More
Hyundai Motor America’s hard-charging marketing chief, Dean Evans, is leaving the Korean automaker after “four highly successful years” to pursue a new business opportunity, the company said Friday. Brian Smith, the COO of Hyundai’s U.S. arm, will take over Evans’ duties on an interim basis. “Hyundai is greatly appreciative to Dean for his contributions,” the […]Read More
China’s new-vehicle market has contracted for the 15th straight month, with sales declining 5.2 percent from a year earlier to 2.27 million in September, as the nation’s weakening economy continues to weigh on light vehicle demand. Last month, new light-vehicle deliveries slipped 6.3 percent to around 1.93 million, according to the China Association of Automobile […]Read More
The International Material Data System (IMDS) is the automobile industry’s system for managing information on materials used in auto manufacturing; it enables companies to meet national and international standards, laws, and regulatory obligations for materials declarations. Some suppliers may have used Recommendation 019 (REC 019) materials in their IMDS declarations in the electronics supply chain. […]Read More
PARIS — Renault on Friday named Clotilde Delbos at interim chief executive after ending the tenure of Thierry Bollore following a boardroom vote. Renault issued a statement saying Bollore, 56, would leave his role with immediate effect and that Delbos, 52, would be interim CEO during the process to appoint a new CEO. Renault also […]Read More
PARIS — Thierry Bollore, Renault’s embattled CEO, said the news that the automaker’s chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, was pushing for his removal was “totally unexpected” and “stupefying.” Bollore told the French business newspaper Les Echos that he only learned at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, after returning to Paris on a flight from Tokyo, that Senard wanted […]Read More
SHANGHAI — The unexpected, extended downturn in China’s new-vehicle market poses grave threats to the survival of many small domestic brands. It has also sent General Motors rushing to the aid of a volume brand it created nine years ago at its light-vehicle joint venture in China. GM unveiled the Baojun market-entry brand in 2010 […]Read More
When French automakers jumped into China, they thought Chinese consumers’ appetite for French design and luxury goods would translate into booming car sales. That hasn’t been the case. After several years of growth in China, sales at PSA Group and Renault have dropped sharply. True, the slumping Chinese economy has affected sales at almost every […]Read More
Volvo Cars and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group plan to carve out their engine operations and merge them into a stand-alone unit. The new business will develop next-generation hybrid powertrains and internal combustion engines for group brands such as Volvo, Lotus, Lynk & CO and Geely Auto as well as third parties. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson […]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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