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Last Wednesday, during Tesla’s earnings call, we learned that CEO Elon Musk planned to restructure the company and to cut the number of contractors used at Tesla’s factories. That day came suddenly this morning. Electrek reported this morning that it had obtained an internal memo from Musk noting that contractors’ time was up, and that […]Read More
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Lear says it will close a seating plant in Ontario, Canada, after union members there rejected the latest tentative contract offer by 94 percent on May 1Read More
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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
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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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