The IMDS (International Material Data System) is an internet-based archiving, communication and administrative system for the automotive industry. It simplifies the process of recycling of automobiles. It was developed by DXC Technology (formerly HPE) in 1999 to meet the requirements of the End-of-Life Vehicle Directive (ELV) and to convey material data by safe and speedy means (refer also to IMDS Number). There are new releases of IMDS at regular intervals, more information can be found on the mdsystem website.

The IMDS data bank is a common effort of automobile manufacturers like Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, VW and Volvo. Other companies like Fiat, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, and Toyota have joined the team. Talks are on with other companies for their participation, which means that in the meanwhile almost all automobile manufactures use the material data bank and it has evolved into an international benchmark for the industry.

Tips for Personal Research

The list of declarable substances used in heavy vehicles, GADSL, forms the basis of the International Material Data System. Information on the recommendations to the automobile manufacturers and statutory provisions as well as norms, pure substances and raw materials are given in our Info Point IMDS.

Full Service on Everything Concerning the International Material Data System

As the leading IMDS service provider, we provide full service on everything concerning the International Material Data System backed by a strong team of experienced employees and partners from the automotive industry. Our services include among others: 

  • Material research
  • Data entry (IMDS Entry)
  • Maintenance and monitoring of the IMDS data
  • Compiling, change and processing of the material data sheets (MDS)
  • Software support
  • Company-Merge and Company-SplitOff
  • Supplier management
  • Client management
  • Communication with suppliers and clients in seven languages
  • IMDS-Training


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