Electronics for Imaging (EFI) plans to acquire Best in a $9 million deal.

EFI offers a range of graphics arts and workflow solutions, while Best offers products for the print and publishing markets, particularly pre-print, pre-press and remote proofing solutions.

EFI CEO Guy Gecht said: "Best's tradition of excellence in colour-inkjet proofing is a great match with our own commitment to industry-leading solutions for the graphics art market."

Best employs 90 people worldwide.

The acquisition will result in a one-time charge to EFI in the first quarter of 2003 for acquisition-related expenses.