In January 2010 the western European market for engineering thermoplastics sprang to life again, trailing after "semi-commodity" ABS, which paved the way with increases of up to EUR 70/t, the newsletter Plastics Information Europe (PIE, Bad Homburg / Germany; www.pieweb.com) found in its latest report. Polycarbonate and PMMA also secured early successes. By contrast, the more traditional engineering materials, including polyamides, PBT and POM, saw most movement in niche areas. PP compounds were up slightly, but still below the EUR 40/t increase in the price of C3.
January's supply situation was dominated by the noticeable absence of Asian imports, PIE found, whereas European production was still reeling from the cutbacks implemented to compensate for the sluggish demand.