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
Tesla Motors has spent more than 10 years beating the odds for startup automakers. Most new, independent makers barely survive long enough to produce a handful of vehicles, let alone sell more than 100,000 and garner praise from both customers and the media—as the electric-car startup has done. Now the Silicon Valley automaker can claim […]Read More
This year’s Geneva auto show will highlight a mix of supercars, everyday models and unexpected vehicles such as a Porsche station wagon and a Mercedes-Benz pickup. Supercar highlights will include Ferrari’s most powerful series production car to date and a Chinese-backed potential rival to Tesla’s Model S Auto NewsRead More
U.S. new-vehicle sales this month are expected to be about the same as a year ago or down slightly, according to three forecasts issued this week, but it’s taking record incentives to keep up that pace. Automotive NewsRead More
Great Wall Motor Co., China’s largest manufacturer of crossovers and SUVs, aims to sell 2 million crossovers and SUVs a year by 2020, more than doubling the company’s 2016 volume. The target was disclosed by Great Wall’s founder and chairman, Wei Jianjun, at an event last week at the company’s headquarters in the north China […]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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