HP Helps Auto Companies Become More Sustainable

Over the next five years, HP will be hosting the International Material Data System (IMDS), a standardized format for exchanging material information throughout the manufacturing process that makes it easier for the automotive industry to comply with legal requirements in a cost-efficient manner. HP said in its blog that 34 of the world’s leading car manufactures will benefit from it and eliminate toxic substances from their supply chain.

The IMDS supplies more than 40 million data sheets that list the details of every substance involved in the manufacture of all components. It helps prevent the use of heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium and ensures that reportable substances are declared for recycling. Under its contract, HP Enterprise Services will continue to develop, maintain and host the IMDS global data repository.

“Previously, OEMs all had their own lists of prohibited and reportable substances, which made it difficult to identify them in the supply chain,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s Matthew, who is also a member of the IMDS Steering Committee.

The IMDS has been adopted as the global standard for reporting material content across the automotive industry. Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) throughout the world have now joined original sponsors BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Porsche, Volvo and VW.

“The automotive industry needs to meet constantly changing legislation and increase the amount of recycling from old cars,” said Oliver Bahns, worldwide director, Automotive and Aerospace, HP. Car manufacturers have committed to recycle 95 percent of the mass of each vehicle sold by 2015.

All over the auto industry, companies are taking steps to become more sustainable. Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced it will start recycling old NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hybrid) batteries from its hybrid cars into energy management systems. The recycled systems will be sold via Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc., which is TMC’s energy business company.

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