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Define Material Types in SAP MM

What are Material Types in SAP?

Material Types is the method of grouping various materials on the basis of their similar characteristic such as raw material, semi-finished goods, finished products, etc. While creating Material Master Record users have to create a material type and assign that material type to a group of materials.

For example, all the trading groups are grouped under HAWA and all the finished products are grouped under the FERT group.

Standard Material Types

Here is the list of Standard Material Types provided by SAP system:

  • ABF- Waste
  • CH00- CH Contract Handling
  • CONT- Kanban Container
  • COUP- Coupons
  • DIEN- Service
  • ERSA- Spare Parts
  • FERT- Finished Product
  • FGTR- Beverages
  • FHMI- Production Resource/Tool
  • FOOD- Foods (excl. perishables)
  • FRIP- Perishables
  • HALB- Semi-Finished Product
  • HAWA- Trading Goods
  • HERS- Manufacturer Part
  • HIBE- Operating supplies
  • IBAU- Maintenance assemblies
  • INTR- Intra materials
  • KMAT- Configurable materials
  • LEER- Empties
  • LEIH- Returnable packaging
  • LGUT- Empties (retail)
  • MODE- Apparel (seasonal)
  • NLAG- Non-stock materials
  • NOF1- Non-foods
  • PIPE- Pipeline materials
  • PLAN- Trading goods (planned)
  • PROC- Process materials
  • PROD- Product groups
  • ROH- Raw materials
  • UNBW- Non-valuated materials
  • VERP- Packaging
  • VKHM- Additionals
  • VOLL- Full products
  • WERB- Product catalogs
  • WERT- Value-only materials
  • WETT- Competitor products

How to Define Material Types?

Step 1:Execute SAP t-code OMS2 in the SAP command field.

T-code OMS2

OR(SAP Menu Path)

Execute T-code SPRO


Click the SAP Reference IMGbutton

SAP Reference IMG

Navigate to the following SAP Menu path :

Navigation path to create mterial

The Change view material types overview screen shows you the list of previously created or SAP standard materials types in the SAP system.

List of all material

Step 2: Choose any existing material type and double click on it

Double click to select material master

Step 3: Next click on the Copy As button for maintaining new material types in SAP.

Copy material
Step 4: Next, update the following details for the new Material type according to your requirements.

  • Material Type: Enter the key of the material type you want to create.
  • Description: Enter a short description of your material type.
  • General data: In this section select the Field reference and SRef material type. Also, check the options external number assignment w/o check and With Qty Structure
  • Special material types: Select the option as per your requirements. It is optional
  • User departments: Here select departments for materials types such as Accounting, MRP, Classification, etc.
  • Internal/external purchase order: Enter the value for Internal and external purchase orders according to your requirements.
  • Valuation: Enter the price control and Acct cat reference in this field.

Add material details

Next press Enter and you will be taken to Change View “Quality/value updating”: Overview screen

Quality value updating

Step 5: Next, press Enter once again to copy the dependent entries

Step 6: Now again click on the Quantity /value updating option.

Click Quality value Updating

Step 7: On the Change view quantity/value updating overview screen, check the options of Quantity updating and Value updating for valuation area and then press Enter.

Valuation Update

Step 8: Now click the Save button to save the configured material types in SAP.

Save the new material master

A new material type has been created

New Material Master created