Disposable Medical Gloves Market: Introduction

Precautions against infections have been widely practiced in the health care industry. This drives the demand for protective apparatus and apparel. Medical gloves are disposables gloves used during medical examinations, cleaning, and surgical procedures to help prevent cross-contamination between caregivers and patients. Medical gloves differ from industrial-grade gloves due to one factor, that is, rigorous factory-level testing. This testing is based on acceptable quality limits (AQL) set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to check the material quality standard with which the gloves are manufactured.

Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market: Competitive Landscape

Some major players operating in the disposable medical gloves market include Cardinal Health, ANSELL LTD., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Owens & Minor, Inc., Primus Gloves Private Limited, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, and Top Glove Corporation Bhd.

Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd

Established in 1979, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd is a Malaysia-based glove manufacturing company. At present, the company exports gloves to over more than 110 countries and has more than 350 active customers across the world. The company is focused on promoting its brands the U.S., Europe, and Scandinavian countries to develop its brands.

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Top Glove Corporation Bhd

Top Glove Corporation Bhd was established in 1991 in Malaysia. The company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of gloves. It has manufacturing units in Malaysia, Thailand, and China with head offices in the U.S., Germany, and Brazil. The company has developed a strong supply chain network, which is directly responsible for addressing the patients’ needs. With technological advancements, the company tracks movement of products throughout the entire supply chain. The company is making efforts to be on in the Fortune Global 500 Company list by 2040.

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Cardinal Health is a global integrated health care services and products company, providing customized solutions to hospitals, health care systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physicians’ offices across the world. The company provides a wide range of medical gloves to meet the needs of various applications in the health care sector. Cardinal Health focuses on acquisitions and launch of new and innovative products to strengthen its portfolio in the gloves product line.  

Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market: Dynamic

Rise in Number of Surgeries Driving Demand for Disposable Medical Gloves

The surgical procedure across the world is raising. Surgical care has an important role in treating a broad spectrum of diseases in the relief of human suffering. According to the estimation of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 20 million surgical procedures were performed across the world in 2014, and 52% of these were minimally invasive surgeries. Moreover, According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the percentage of minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures performed in the U.S. increased from an estimated 14% in 2004 to 53% in 2013. Increase in number of surgeries performed each year is expected to drive the demand for medical disposable gloves across the world.

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Major Side-effects of Medical Gloves Can Hamper Market

Latex gloves have always been preferred in health care since their development. Latex is favored because it is a highly comfortable glove material. However, many health care professionals are shifting toward latex-free medical disposable gloves, due to growing number of latex allergies. This is likely to hamper the market during the forecast period.  

Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market: Segmentation

Based on material, the global disposable medical gloves market can be divided into:

  • Latex
  • Vinyl
  • Nitrile
  • Others

In terms of application, the global disposable medical gloves market can be segregated into:

  • Surgical
  • Exam
  • Cleanroom

Based on distribution channel, the global disposable medical gloves market can be divided into:

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Others (Online Pharmacies, Distributors etc.)

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