The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) will host its third annual IMDS/ELV Summit on Oct. 12, 2006, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich., to help the automotive supply chain better manage and comply with materials content reporting as required by the European Union End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive. The ELV Directive requires OEMs to closely track all substances of concern — materials that upon disposal or recycling may cause harm to people or the environment — in automotive parts and modules. Approximately 42,600 suppliers have been impacted by the ELV Directive, and are faced with addressing each of their customer’s unique reporting requirements, which has added cost and complexity to the reporting process. The International Material Data System (IMDS) is a Web-based application that allows suppliers to report this information to the OEMs. The event will allow the entire supplier base to gain an in-depth understanding of how IMDS works and how recently introduced or upcoming changes will affect their business model practices. Additionally, success stories and best practices from other suppliers on data organization and integration will be presented. Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG’s goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its more than 1,500 member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry.