Toyota Motor Co. said it will invest 240 million pounds ($294 million) in its UK car plant to allow it to build vehicles on a new platform, helping to boost competitiveness and promote the use of locally-built components. more at ReutersRead More
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will reopen a review of Obama-era auto emissions mandates, welcome news for automakers that argue the strict standards are costly and out-of-touch with market realities. The president, speaking at the American Center for Mobility — a planned $80 million autonomous vehicle testing ground on the site of the former […]Read More
German prosecutors raided the headquarters of Volkswagen Group and its Audi unit as part of investigations into the company’s diesel-rigging scandal. VW said on Wednesday that prosecutors were searching offices at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The search coincided with a raid by prosecutors at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, and offices at its Neckarsulm […]Read More
Ford Motor Co will begin producing its upscale Lincoln brand in China by late 2019 after sales almost tripled last year, joining the ranks of automakers localizing production to avoid import taxes in the world’s largest auto market. The automaker will build an all-new SUV model with joint venture partner Changan Automobile Group in Chongqing, […]Read More
President Donald Trump’s vows to turn American trade policy toward a more protectionist stance, including imposing a 35 percent tariff on imported cars, could have far-reaching consequences for European automakers. European auto executives who gathered here last week for the annual Geneva auto show have found themselves having to deal unexpectedly with trade issues in […]Read More
On January 31, Acting Chairman Piwowar directed staff to reconsider 2014 Guidance on Conflict Minerals. He said in part While visiting Africa last year, I heard first-hand from the people affected by this misguided rule. The disclosure requirements have caused a de facto boycott of minerals from portions of Africa, with effects far beyond the Congo-adjacent region. […]Read More
The city of Zhangzhou, Fujian province, is planning to build the world’s largest experimental zone for autonomous driving. The project, which was signed on Dec 15 in Beijing, will be constructed in a 56-square-km zone in the city’s economic and technological development area to enable testing of autonomous cars in a city-level lab road network […]Read More
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
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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