Disposable Gloves Market – Snapshot

Disposable gloves are primarily used to protect the hands while carrying out tasks involving chemicals, medicines, and other reactive or unhygienic materials. Disposable gloves have wide-ranging protective applications in the health care industry, including dentistry, surgeries, and examinations. This is anticipated to drive their demand in the near future. Moreover, rise in awareness about hygiene in food handling and packaging is expected to augment the demand for disposable gloves during the forecast period. In the health care industry, disposable gloves are used for protecting patients and health care workers from bodily fluids and transmissible diseases. These gloves are used in the food industry to handle fragile products and protect the food from foreign contaminants. Additionally, consumers use disposable gloves for household purposes such as dishwashing and cleaning. Disposable gloves are also used for handling automotive fluids such as fuel oil, industrial chemicals, and agricultural chemicals such as pesticides.

Disposable gloves are highly employed in the medical industry. Poor hygiene has been a key reason for the outbreak of diseases such as H1N1and SARS. Most people are unaware of hygiene practices that need to be adopted. Hence, several health care associations have formulated regulations to spread awareness about hygiene. These associations include the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. and the EU OSHA in Europe. Demand for disposable gloves expected to rise at a significant pace in the health care industry, due to a rise in the number of awareness and prevention programs across the world and health care regulations that mandates the usage of disposable gloves at workplaces such as laboratories, clinics, and hospitals for the safety of employees and patients. In addition, rise in per capita government expenditure on health care across the world is expected to fuel the global disposable gloves market during the forecast period.

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Demand for disposable gloves in the food & beverages, automotive, chemicals, and household cleaning industries is also on the rise. The food industry is a major contributor to all economies. Favorable dynamics, growing population, and rising income levels are expected to be major factors driving the food & beverages industry and, in turn, the disposable gloves market in developing countries in the coming years. Furthermore, an increase in the need for convenience foods and rise in health consciousness are anticipated to drive the market in developed countries in the next few years. Gloves are considered to be physical barriers to cross contamination in food. The global disposable gloves market continues to expand at a rapid pace, due to a rise in stringent food safety regulations and requirement for safety gloves in various other industries such as automotive and chemical in both developed and developing countries. For instance, as per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers should make personal protective equipment (PPE) such as protective gloves available to their employees. Demand for disposable gloves in the automotive industry expected to rise significantly due to a rise in the requirement for gloves in handling poisonous liquids, such as radiator coolant, motor oil, battery acid, brake fluid, and power steering and transmission fluids, in cars.

Based on material, natural rubber is a leading segment of the global disposable gloves market. Natural rubber-based disposable gloves are still a preferred choice in developing economies due to their low cost and high comfort level. The nitrile-based disposable gloves segment is expected to surpass the natural rubber-based disposable gloves segment during the forecast period. Rise in incidence of latex allergy among health care professionals as well as patients and a ban on powdered latex gloves imposed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2017 are expected to fuel demand for nitrile gloves in developed economies. Nitrile gloves are becoming more popular in various end-user industries such as medical, food & beverages, and automotive as they are biodegradable and eco-friendly in nature. They are three times more resistant to punctures than latex gloves and also offer excellent barrier protection while maintaining a high degree of dexterity.

North America dominated the global disposable gloves market in 2017, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. An expansion in the health care industry and increase in per capita health care expenditure in the U.S. are driving the disposable gloves market in the region. In addition, a ban on powder gloves and rise in the application of powder-free gloves in medical sector for applications such as handling of pharmaceutical drug and infected blood are boosting demand for disposable gloves in the region. Countries in Eastern Europe such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, etc. are anticipated to present lucrative opportunities for the disposable gloves market due to a rise in investments in the pharmaceutical sector. European regulatory bodies mandate that food gloves be manufactured with authorized substances and must be tested for migration to check for possible transfer of plastic material from the component to foodstuff. All these factors are fuelling the disposable gloves demand in Europe. Rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific is enhancing consumer awareness about sustainable products. This, in turn, is increasing the adoption of disposable gloves. For instance, in 2017, China modified the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, wherein major changes were focused on sections pertaining to food safety standards, food production and operation, supervision, and management. In addition, The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines released Advisory No. 2017-180 to ban powdered medical gloves (exam gloves, surgical gloves, and lubricating surgeon gloves) to ensure employee safety at the workplace in 2017. All these factors are boosting demand for disposable gloves in Asia Pacific. The market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is expected to expand at a moderate pace during the forecast period. Rise in health care expenditure by both public as well as private entities in both regions is estimated to fuel the disposable gloves market.

Most companies offer differentiated products for specific applications. Launch of new products, capacity expansion, brand promotions, and mergers and acquisitions are estimated to offer growth potential to companies operating in the disposable gloves market in the near future. Rise in demand for powder-free gloves and other synthetic rubber gloves, such as neoprene, is expected to provide lucrative opportunities to manufacturers in the next few years.

Major manufacturers operating in the global disposable gloves market include Ansell Limited, Granberg AS, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Latexx Partners Berhad, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Sri Trang Agro-Industry Public Company Limited, Riverstone Holding Limited, Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, Cardinal Health, Inc, Medline Industries, Inc., Supermax Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Rubberex, and Top Glove Corporation Bhd. In 2018, leading player Top Glove Corporation Bhd acquired Aspion Sdn Bhd, a manufacturer of surgical gloves in Malaysia. Through this acquisition, the company added three manufacturing facilities with 75 production lines and a capacity of 4.77 billion pieces of gloves per annum to its business units.

Disposable gloves act as a physical barrier to bacteria and pathogens. They protect the hands while handling chemicals, solvents, and unhygienic materials such as infected blood. Disposable gloves prevent the entry of pathogens into the human body, thereby acting as a source of protection.

Disposable gloves are highly used in medical industry as a surgical gloves, examination gloves, and specialty gloves. Disposable gloves are used to protect both health care professionals and patients from infections in the medical industry. Rise in consumer awareness regarding maintaining good hygiene practices at the workplace and awareness among health care practitioners across the globe are expected to boost the market during the forecast period. In addition, rise in demand for nitrile disposable gloves that resists tears, snags, and punctures from common hazards and can handle harsh industrial chemicals is estimated to propel sales of disposable gloves in the automotive and chemical industries.

Based on material, the global disposable gloves market has been classified into natural rubber, vinyl, nitrile, neoprene, and others. Natural rubber gloves are the most widely used disposable gloves in the health care and other industries. However, the health care industry is likely to witness a shift toward nitrile gloves, due to allergic reactions caused by latex gloves. Nitrile gloves provide the best possible fit and also offer higher resistance to fuels, oils, and solvents. Demand for nitrile gloves from the health care industry has been on the rise, specifically in dentistry. Dentists favor nitrile gloves as they offer superior puncture resistance and decrease the possibility of allergic reactions caused to patients. These gloves also act as barriers against cross-contamination and cross-infection.

Extensive research and development activities have resulted in the emergence of improved technologies. This is expected to present significant growth opportunities to the disposable gloves market during the forecast period. A ban on powdered gloves, led by a rise in the incidence of allergies caused to health care professionals, is driving demand for powder-free disposable gloves. Neoprene disposable gloves are gaining momentum in the disposable gloves market, as they are highly waterproof and resistant to acids, alkalis, and alcohols. Neoprene gloves offer the same feel as latex gloves. The unique neoprene formulation with a polyurethane inner coating reduces skin irritation as well as the risk of developing Type-I allergic reactions. All these factors are driving the global disposable gloves market.

Based on end-user, the global disposable gloves market has been segmented into medical, food & beverages, agriculture, metal fabrication, automotive, chemicals, and others. Medical is a leading end-user segment of the disposable gloves market. Disposable gloves are extensively used in the medical industry during examinations or surgeries. These gloves have high puncture resistance and offer an impermeable barrier to dangerous viruses and other blood borne pathogens. Apart from the medical industry, disposable gloves are gaining importance in various other applications such as food processing, handling harsh chemicals, metal scrap, automotive fluids, greases, and cleaning. Therefore, an increase in application of disposable gloves in various end-user industries is expected to fuel the market during the forecast period.

Based on region, the global disposable cloves market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America dominates the global disposable gloves market, followed by Europe. Increase in government spending to stimulate health care services, rise in consumer inclination toward quality medical products, and constant research related to medical technologies in the field of powdered as well as powder-free gloves, typically in the U.S., Germany, France, and the U.K, are driving the disposable gloves market in North America as well as Europe. Asia Pacific is likely to offer high growth potential for the disposable gloves market, due to a rise in government efforts to improve health care standards in the region.

The report analyzes and forecasts the disposable gloves market at the global and regional levels. The market has been projected in terms of volume (Million Pieces) and revenue (US$ Mn) for the period from 2018 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global disposable gloves market. It also covers the anticipated impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for disposable gloves during the forecast period. The report highlights opportunities for growth of the disposable gloves market at the global and regional levels.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global disposable gloves market. The Porter’s five forces model for the disposable gloves market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global disposable gloves market by segmenting it in terms of material, end-user, and region. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for disposable gloves in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers individual application segments of the market in every region.

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global disposable gloves market. Key players profiled in the report include Ansell Limited, Granberg AS, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Latexx Partners Berhad, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Sri Trang Agro-Industry Public Company Limited, Riverstone Holding Limited, Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, Cardinal Health, Inc, Medline Industries, Inc., Supermax Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Rubberex, and Top Glove Corporation Bhd. These players account for a major share of the global disposable gloves market. Brand promotions and launch of new products are likely to raise sales of disposable gloves in the next few years. Market leaders look for different measures such as strategic pricing and type improvement to increase their profit margins.

The report provides the estimated market size of the global disposable gloves market for 2017 and forecast for the next nine years. The size of the market has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on material, end-user, and regional segments. Market size and forecast for each material and end-user segment have been provided for the global as well as regional market.

Global Disposable Gloves Market, by Material

  • Natural Rubber
  • Vinyl
  • Nitrile
  • Neoprene
  • Others

Global Disposable Gloves Market, by End-user

  • Medical
  • Food & Beverages
  • Agriculture
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Others

Global Disposable Gloves Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides extensive analysis of market trends from 2017 to 2026 in order to identify growth opportunities and market developments
  • It provides comparative analysis of various end-users that use disposable gloves
  • It identifies key factors to build a roadmap for growth opportunities for the Disposable Gloves Market at the global, regional, and country levels
  • The report provides a study of comparison between natural rubber and nitrile rubber
  • The report offers comprehensive analysis with respect to investments and regulatory scenario that would subsequently impact the outlook and forecast for the global Disposable Gloves Market between 2018 and 2026
  • The report provides a detailed competition landscape of key players operating in the market in order to understand the competition level
  • It covers the production percentage of disposable gloves by top players
  • The report provides detailed pricing analysis based on regional and material segments
  • The report offers Porter’s five forces analysis to highlight the power of buyers and suppliers
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