slide film seems like one of those niches waiting to be occupied by a small player. Fuji prices are already at a level where they might offer quite some room for maneuver to a new entrant that can't rely on economies of scale. Moreover, e6 will target the enthusiast market, and some will probably choose to place their bets on Ferrania and buy their product in order to ensure the long term survival of slide film.
Agreed, however, I will say I do hope somehow that Velvia and Provia survive, I am drawn to their over saturation. I love them for long exposure sky work. If the Ferrania stuff is sort of muted, I might be a little disappointed, or if its very mucky grain, but I think with todays technology even a smaller plant could produce some nice stuff. Though now that I'm in the LF world, I think the most impressive thing is to sell a print with a massive 4x5 sheet, massive not to LF guys it's "small" but to most people, seeing a 4x5 transparency on a light box just blows their mind.
~Stone | "...of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."~Dennis Miller