A grouping together of materials with the same basic attributes such as raw materials, semifinished products, or finished products.

All materials must be assigned to a material type which determines:

  • Whether the material is intended for a specific purpose such as a configurable material or process material
  • Whether the material number can be assigned internally or externally
  • The number range from which the material number is drawn
  • Which screens appear and in what sequence
  • Which user department data you may enter
  • What procurement type the material has; that is, whether it is manufactured in-house or procured externally, or both