I've just spoken to the MD of Solvay in the UK, one Stuart Derbyshire.
He, of course, regards this development as unalloyed good news, and I couldn't
help but be amused along with him.
He says that they have every intention of stepping into the breach long
term, and no plans to increase prices significantly short term. As he pointed out,
we will need tiny quantities over the next few years, which they can easily supply.
And if RepRap take off, then Adam Smith will ensure things are OK after that too.
I don't think we need to worry.
In addition, I do intend to put a student on making and using PLA in
RepRap after Christmas.