German police have arrested Porsche’s powertrain development boss, Joerg Kerner, in connection with parent VW Group’s diesel scandal, sources said. Porsche management board member Michael Steiner is also under investigation, a report said.Read More
These are not good times for the makers or owners of diesel cars, particularly in their European stronghold, where on average half of all new vehicles had been sold with diesel engines. Strict new real-world emission tests have proven hard to meet, consumers are starting to shy away from buying new diesels, and the values […]Read More
Volkswagen Group has canceled all its contracts with the Bosnian supplier group that brought many of the automaker’s German factories to a halt two years ago when it stopped delivering components in a contract dispute. The parts-maker, Prevent Group, said VW Group’s action is illegal because the automaker gave just one day’s notice. It says […]Read More
French automaker PSA Group gets its first manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia in a deal with Malaysia’s Naza Corporation Holdings. They sign share-sale and joint-venture agreements establishing shared operation of the Naza Automotive Mfg. plant in Gurun, Kedah, 250 miles (400km) north of Kuala Lumpur. The plant, operational since 2004, has a 50,000-unit annual production […]Read More
U.S. President Donald Trump kept up pressure on trading partners, threatening European automakers with a tax on imports if the European Union retaliates against his plan to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel. Trump’s tweet showed he is refusing to yield to U.S. business interests and foreign trading partners alarmed at the prospect of a […]Read More
Global automakers operating in Russia may significantly increase exports of their locally made cars and engines in coming years, thanks to special customs benefits and subsidies offered to them by the Russian government. Increasing exports of cars, auto parts and engines produced in Russia has become a priority for the government. Devaluation of the ruble […]Read More
A top German court ruled on Tuesday in favor of allowing major cities to ban heavily polluting diesel cars, a move likely to hit the value of 12 million vehicles in Europe’s largest car market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications. More at Europe Auto NewsRead More
Rolls-Royce is to name its all-new, high-bodied SUV after the largest diamond ever discovered. The name dates back to 1905, when the 3,106-carat gem was extracted from a mine deep in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Mountains. The Cullinan Diamond was cleaved into nine stones, cut and polished, with the two largest portions set in the British […]Read More
Volvo Cars’ profit increased 28 percent last year to a record high as the Chinese-owned automaker experienced strong demand for new models — especially in China. Operating earnings rose to 14.1 billion Swedish crowns ($1.76 billion, 11.1 billion yuan) in 2017 from 11.0 billion a year earlier, as revenue climbed 17 percent to 210.9 billion […]Read More
Consumer confusion over Brexit and the government’s policy on diesel are blamed for the first drop in U.K. vehicle production in eight years. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says U.K. plant production dropped 3% to 1,671,166 units in 2017, but the result still was the second-highest in 17 years. The biggest drop was […]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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