The GSK team, (left to right) Yvonne Grüne, Denise Lungwitz, Oliver Zinn, Sonia Anllo
Competence Centre for Holdings Preservation
The GSK mbH – Association for the Preservation of Written Cultural Heritage – was founded in June 2009 with the acquisition of the Neschen Archive Centre and its technologies for single-sheet deacidification and microfilming. As a result of ongoing development and the optimisation of the single-sheet deacidification process, within a period of only 15 years the "Bückeburg process” has become indispensable to the holdings preservation business sector. The quality of single-sheet preservation was successfully combined with industry standard mass processing. Doing so allowed output to increase from 20,000 sheets in 1996 to 11 million sheets in 2009. To date, GSK has preserved more than 100 million single sheets.
An all-in solution provider for mass paper conservation and mass storage
GSK is the world’s only provider of single-sheet and block deacidification on an industrial scale. We want to continue this success story and extend our international market leadership in order to establish ourselves as a competence and development centre for the preservation of valuable original documents of our written cultural heritage. As an all-in provider of mass paper conservation and mass storage, since 2010 we have been able to offer our customers all the services for conservation and storage of archival materials from a single source. Unparalleled on the world market, our GSK system allows documents, books or newspapers to be affordably and quickly preserved while also creating user-friendly secondary copies.
Technology for on-site conservation
Archive centres and libraries can obtain the required technology from GSK so they can conserve and preserve their holdings themselves. We supply all the materials and chemicals for manual conservation, easy-to-operate compact treatment units for mechanical deacidification, and provide archives with technical expertise whenever required. We are also a competent partner in setting up industrial conservation centres outside Germany, which we equip with compact or large treatment units for single-sheet or book conservation as well as with technology for microfilming and digitisation as required.