Should the European solar thermal industry be cautiously optimistic that a year without decline points to a market turnaround? Introducing the trade body's new market report, European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) president Robin Welling commented that "overall, there was little development" across the sector in 2011. The European solar thermal market showed neither real decline nor growth when compared to 2010, Welling continued, but he noted that previously the market had decreased for two consecutive years.