DETROIT — General Motors is taking an 11 percent stake in startup electric truck maker Nikola Corp. under a partnership that calls for GM to engineer and assemble Nikola’s first vehicle, the companies said Tuesday. Under the agreement, which is expected to close this month, GM will build the Nikola Badger, an electric and fuel-cell […]Read More
DETROIT — Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged ex-UAW President Dennis Williams, who led one of the nation’s most powerful labor unions from 2014 to 2018, with conspiring to embezzle funds from rank-and-file workers for nearly a decade. Court documents say Williams and others spent hundreds of thousands of member dollars on trips to Palm Springs, […]Read More
SEOUL — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the automaker may be able to mass produce longer-life batteries with 50 percent more energy density in three to four years. “400 Wh/kg *with* high cycle life, produced in volume (not just a lab) is not far. Probably 3 to 4 years,” Musk tweeted on Monday ahead […]Read More
LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor Co. is the latest major automaker to plan a distinct brand to contain its coming onslaught of electric vehicles. It will be a mission of brand identity and awareness as Hyundai brings the venture to life. Hyundai pulled the name Ioniq from its existing eco-friendly compact hatchback, which comes in […]Read More
Bailout talks between Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel with the U.K. government have ended, leaving both companies to rely on private financing to overcome the impact of coronavirus on business, the Financial Times reported. Talks for an emergency funding fell through as Jaguar Land Rover did not qualify for taxpayer support, the paper said. […]Read More
German logistics company DHL plans to cut as many as 2,200 jobs at Jaguar Land Rover’s UK factories, the Unite trade union said. The job cuts comprise just under 40 percent of the entire DHL workforce on the company’s contract with JLR, the union said on Tuesday. More information at Europe Auto NewsRead More
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
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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