Downward pressure on PC and PA 6 unabated / PA 6.6, PBT and POM stabilise / PMMA points higher / Trends continue / Automotive weakIn August 2016, the European market for engineering thermoplastics saw the return of the recently absent summer lull to Europe, with demand substantially weaker in the key summer holiday month. The relatively well supplied PC and PA 6 markets saw clearance sales spearheaded by "despecified top-of-the-line products, and this hit regrind especially hard - see PIEWeb of 22.08.2016. The most basic virgin grades of these two polymers saw prices slip in monthly trading at distributors and traders. A similar picture was seen for the near-commodity ABS - see PIEWeb of 05.09.2016 - as well as PP compounds - see PIEWeb of 05.09.2016. All other polymer types covered by PIE remained stable, with PMMA even seeing upward pressure.