Back when Forte's closure was first announced Kentmere did tell the British Journal of Photography that they were taking a look at making a deal to produce some of the papers in the UK.
I don't think anything ever came of that. Certainly, at this stage, there has been no further news from Kentmere that I know of.
Have you heard anything concrete?
It does sound like somebody will have to buy the Forte "cow" outright in order for us to have the photographic "milk" - at least from Vac. That doesn't sound likely unless a general credit crunch emerges...At the moment, the present ownership seems content to sit on the property and let it appreciate.
Perhaps the papers can be produced elsewhere. We will have to see.