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Disposable Gloves Market: Snapshot

Disposable gloves are gloves that we use one-time and then discard. The main motive of these gloves is to protect hands in diverse applications including chemicals, medicines, and reactive unhygienic materials. Further, disposable gloves find major use in health industry. Dentistry, examinations, and surgeries are wide areas where disposable gloves are important. Cost-effectiveness and disposable nature are some of the key reasons that work as a driving factor for the growth of the global disposable gloves market.

On the basis of end-users, the global disposable gloves market is segmented into food and beverages, medical, metal fabrication, agriculture, chemicals, and automotive. The market is expected to gather promising revenues due to numerous application sectors of these products. It is projected to demonstrate vigorous growth at stunning CAGR of around 6.3% between 2018 and 2026.

Growing Inclination toward Hygiene Maintenance Triggering Demand for Disposable Gloves

In recent times, people are more conscious about their health. At the same time, there is swift rise in numerous infectious diseases. This has compelled them to maintain the hygiene while handling food products to avoid microbial activities. All these factors are responsible for continuous increased demand for disposable gloves during upcoming period. Depending on material used, the global disposable gloves market is segmented into vinyl, natural rubber, neoprene, and nitrile.

Vendors working in food industry are now required to follow stringent regulations introduced by the government bodies. Key reason behind this move by governments is to avoid disease spread through food products. This situation has compelled companies in food industry to follow food safety norms, which has triggered the demand for disposable gloves in this sector. Growing population and rising disposable income are some of the important reasons stimulating the disposable gloves market growth.

The list of key companies contributing to the growth of the global disposable gloves market includes Granberg AS, Ansell Limited, Latexx Partners Berhad, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Disposable Gloves Market: Health and Food Application Drives Robust Growth 

The disposable gloves market is expected to register robust growth, thanks to rising demand in food applications, and in healthcare applications like dentistry. The disposable gloves market is likely to grow at remarkable 6.3% CAGR during 2018-2026. Disposable gloves are widely used for protecting hands in applications such as medicines, chemicals, and reactive unhygienic materials. Additionally, surgeries, dentistry, and examinations in healthcare also require significant use of disposable gloves. Moreover, the disposable nature of these gloves and their cost-effectiveness drives their large demand and market growth. Furthermore, growing threats such as microbial activity in handling food products, and rise of various infectious diseases are expected to drive considerable growth for the disposable gloves market in the near future. 

Households also order disposable gloves in small quantities as awareness about hygiene continues to rise. Additionally, disposable gloves are also used in handling agriculture produce, chemicals, fuel oil, and pesticides. The growing application in various industries due to growing liabilities and consciousness about health, the disposable gloves market is expected register notable growth in the near future.    


Disposable Gloves Market: North America to Register Astounding Growth 

The disposable gloves market is divided into several regions including North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa.  Among these, North America region is expected to register remarkable growth in the near future. The disposable gloves market is expected to grow at 39.2% CAGR during 2018-2026. Recently, the region has witnessed several outbreaks like SARS and H1N1. These outbreaks have led to rise in awareness about hygiene. Additionally, key health related entities such as OSHA continue to take initiatives to promote safe and hygienic practices at workplaces. Furthermore, globally, countries are spending a larger proportion of budgets on healthcare. This is expected to create several new opportunities for growth in North America region. 

Disposable Gloves Market: Food Industry Emerges as the Largest End-User 

The disposable gloves market serves various end-uses including chemicals, automotive, household cleaning, and food and beverage industry. Among these, the food and beverage is expected to emerge as the highest end-user during the forecast period. The growing population, rising disposable income, and rising demand are expected to drive growth of the disposable gloves market during 2018-2026. Stringent regulations in the food industry due to recent outbreaks, and rising demand for food products, and growth of e-commerce are expected to open new opportunities in the market. Moreover, the disposable gloves market is expected to rise due to growing demand for motor oil, battery acid, and radiator coolant applications in the automotive industry. Additionally, power steering and brake fluids in cars are also expected to further growth in the disposable gloves market. 

Disposable Gloves Market: Natural Rubber Remains Appealing in Emerging Markets 

The disposable gloves market is segmented into various materials. Among these, the natural rubber is emerging as a clear-favorite among end-users. Natural rubber provides a cost-effective and highly reliable application. Additionally, the growing manufacturing activity in emerging nations are leading to rising demand for natural rubber, where it continues to gain traction. The nitrile-based disposable gloves are also expected to register significant growth in the near future. It is expected to witness a major rise as its alternative – the latex gloves face stringent regulations in major markets like the EU and North America. Hence, nitrile gloves are expected to become more popular in food and beverage, medical, and automotive in the near future. Their bio-degradable and eco-friendly nature are expected to drive considerable growth in the disposable gloves market in the near future.   


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.

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

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.


  • Natural Rubber
  • Vinyl
  • Nitrile
  • Neoprene
  • Others


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


  • 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

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