After the implementation of End-of-Life-Vehicle Directive on June 21, 2003, suppliers of the automotive industry have been mandated to disclose the material composition of cars, parts, assemblies, and systems to identify the specific materials used in each vehicle.

The IMDS (International Material Data System) is an online platform utilized by the automotive industry for archiving, communication, and administrative purposes. It streamlines the recycling process of automobiles. Developed by DXC Technology in 1999, it was created to fulfill the requirements of the End-of-Life Vehicle Directive (ELV) and facilitate the secure and efficient exchange of material data (also known as IMDS Number).

How does Horiaki help?

Developing an accurate Bill of Materials (BOM) for materials requires extensive knowledge of chemical substances and their composition.

Keeping up with multiple regulations and their updates related to material and substance declaration, such as ELV, REACH, GADSL, ROHS, etc.

Meeting varying submission requirements from different customers necessitates following standardized criteria to avoid multiple rejections.

Managing IMDS submissions manually for large BOMs or a high volume of BOMs can be cumbersome and prone to errors.

Dealing with supplier-related issues, such as inadequate training on IMDS, data errors due to different time zones and languages, or limitations in meeting requirements based on the supplier's size.

Service offerings

Conducting material research and data entry

Maintaining and monitoring IMDS data

Compiling, updating, and processing material data sheets (MDS)

Coordinating with suppliers for follow-up, data collection, and MDS validation

Providing support and consultation for RRR (Reuse, Recycling, and Recovery) and regulatory compliance

Managing and tracking hazardous substances

Compliance Process


Evaluate the customer's Bill of Materials (BoM) to identify any missing information, such as supplier details and parts information.


Engage with the customer's product teams to obtain the necessary details that are currently lacking.


Compile a list of supplier parts that are not yet included in the IMDS database.

What to expect when partnering with Horiaki?

Extensive domain expertise and knowledge of processes used by other suppliers and OEMs.

High-quality Material Data Sheets (MDS) from suppliers.

Access to comprehensive solutions for complete regulatory compliance all in one place.

Ensure timely submission of Material Data Sheets (MDS) to customers.


IMDS helps businesses ensure compliance by providing a centralized platform to manage and report on material data, facilitating adherence to regulatory requirements.

To complete an IMDS submission, you need detailed information such as material composition, supplier details, and part specifications for each component used in your product.

IMDS provides a structured framework and templates for data entry, ensuring consistency and compliance with industry standards.

IMDS allows for the modification and updating of data as needed, enabling businesses to reflect changes in materials, suppliers, or product designs.

Non-compliance with IMDS requirements can lead to legal repercussions, fines, reputational damage, and barriers to market access for non-compliant products.

Yes, businesses have the option to outsource the IMDS submission process to specialized service providers who can handle data management, verification, and submission on their behalf, ensuring compliance and streamlining the process.