Image Source, an image-library distributor, has acquired ElektraVision – a German producer of royalty-free images.

This means that Image Source now controls approximately 100 CDs worth of images. Christina Vaughan, founder of Image Source, said: "The acquisition of ElektraVision's royalty-free images allows us to build on our position as a leading provider of unique digital content. It also gives us an immediate presence in the rapidly expanding German market."

ElektraVision's founder and managing director, Jens de Gruyter, said: "I am delighted that we have joined forces. This is an important step for Image Source as it becomes a major force in the digital-content market."

Image Source sells royalty-free CMYK scanned images over the Internet, or as CD-ROMs. The collections are built on themes, including business, lifestyle and beauty.