General Motors will roll out more than 20 new and face-lifted vehicles in China this year to shore up sales growth. Half of the vehicles will be new nameplates, the Detroit automaker said, without releasing more specifics about the models. Some of the new models will be electrified vehicles, which will be launched to “tap […]Read More
LONDON — Nissan has canceled plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in its factory in Sunderland, England. The automaker said the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future relationship with the European Union after Brexit was making it harder to plan for the future. “The company has decided to optimize its investments in Europe by consolidating X-Trail […]Read More
STOCKHOLM — Volvo Cars, which is owned by China’s Geely, could seek external investors for its Polestar electric car brand and list the unit on the stock market but has no immediate plans to do so, the company said Thursday. Germany’s Capital magazine, quoting Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, said Polestar could tap financial investors to […]Read More
Nissan is trimming production at its Canton, Miss., plant as full-size pickup and commercial van sales slide. Up to 700 employees could be idledRead More
SHANGHAI – Sales of electrified vehicles have been surging in China for years. But until recently, it remained unknown who was buying many of the vehicles. But a new research project led by Beijing-based news website Sina.com discovered that a big chunk of the EVs automakers claim to have sold have ended up at their fleet and mobility operations. Sina.com conducted the latest research along with two groups: ChinaEV100 — a Beijing-based industry trade group whose members include a wide range of domestic EV makers and suppliers, and Ways Information Technology Co., a Guangzhou-based market research firm.
SHANGHAI – Sales of electrified vehicles have been surging in China for years. But until recently, it remained unknown who was buying many of the vehicles. But a new research project led by Beijing-based news website Sina.com discovered that a big chunk of the EVs automakers claim to have sold have ended up at their […]Read More
The Madrid Central ZEZ zone is one of three distinct environmental zones that can be activated under different scenarios – and foreign motorists cannot yet buy a badge for any of them. Spanish authorities in effect have banned vehicles with foreign license plates from central Madrid under tough new clean-air regulations. Spanish authorities in effect […]Read More
U.S. light-vehicle sales are expected to finish the year up slightly from 2017, defying forecasts that almost unanimously called for the industry to post a second consecutive annual decline. Higher fleet deliveries, low unemployment and Tesla’s rapid production ramp-up are among the reasons that sales likely increased in the face of rising interest rates and […]Read More
A German engineering firm has agreed to plead guilty to a felony in the United States and pay a $35 million fine for its role in assisting Volkswagen Group to market and sell diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. that used a defeat device to cheat on emissions testing. IAV GmbH, headquartered in Berlin with offices […]Read More
Sales at General Motors’ two joint ventures in China, SAIC General Motors Corp. and SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., declined for the fourth consecutive month in November. Last month, sales at SAIC-GM, GM’s car joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., fell 17 percent to 180,662, according to SAIC, a Shanghai-listed company. SAIC-GM, a 50-50 partnership between SAIC […]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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