U.K Disposable Gloves Market: Snapshot
The demand for protective apparatus and apparel has been constant in the healthcare industry. Most healthcare organizations, especially from developed regions, follow a very high standard of cleanliness and a set of precautions against infections and/or outbreaks. With communicable diseases such as Zika, SARS, Ebola, and swine flu doing the rounds in the past few years, the demand for all medical protective gear has gone up considerably. This includes disposable gloves, an item that is expected to be perpetual demand. With the number of infectious disease on the rise, the demand for disposable gloves is expected to climb even higher.
Another driver for the sales of disposable gloves is the growing proportion of non-healthcare usage of protective apparel. Disposable gloves are widely used in hospitality, laboratories, consumer goods, automobile construction and repair, and food service. These industries require the use of disposable gloves to protect the wearers in accordance with the industry’s safety regulations. In the case of the food service industry, disposable gloves are also mandatory so as to prevent food from getting contaminated. The growth in all these industries is expected to boost the demand for disposable gloves over the coming years.
However, the U.K. market for disposable gloves is facing the increasingly serious restraint of avoiding the use of natural rubber latex in the gloves. Firstly, natural rubber latex can be allergic to many users, or even cause them to develop allergies over time with constant use. Secondly, the supply of rubber is seasonal and therefore subject to price fluctuations.
All in all, the U.K. market for disposable gloves is expected to reach US$298.6 mn by the end of 2016 and US$481.5 mn by the end of 2023. This revenue is forecasted to expand at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2015 to 2023.
Vinyl and Nitrile Disposable Gloves Steadily Gain Share in Demand
The four key product segments that disposable gloves found in the U.K. are made of are natural rubber latex, vinyl disposable, nitrile disposable, and a collective segment of minor usage materials. By the end of 2023, 37.9% of the U.K. disposable gloves market is expected to be taken up by natural rubber latex disposable gloves, which will likely be the leading product segment at the time. Rubber latex disposable gloves have been the more commonly used ones in the U.K. over a long time but are expected to lose share to the other product types. Despite losing share over time, natural rubber latex disposable gloves are still expected to continue leading the market in terms of volume till 2023.
Rubber latex disposable gloves pose the problem of causing allergic reactions among users and has therefore seen a reduction in popularity. On the other hand, vinyl disposable gloves, commonly used in the food and beverage industry, are not prone to causing allergic reactions. They are also cheaper and more popular in industries where long-term durability of the gloves is not necessary.
Healthcare Industry Continues to Dominate Disposable Gloves Demand
By the end of 2023, an estimated 81.8% of the total volume of disposable gloves in the U.K. is expected to be taken up by the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry was and will continue to be the leading application segment for disposable gloves, owing to the vast number of medical applications that require the medical personnel to wear gloves. These functions include surgeries, examinations, and sterilization of equipment.
On the other hand, the application of disposable gloves in non-medical applications within the U.K. is expected to grow, due to the booming industries of food and beverage, and automotive.
The key manufacturers of disposable gloves in the U.K. today, include Top Glove, Supermax Corporation Bhd, Semperit AG Holding, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Smart Glove, and Unigloves.
Disposable gloves are single-use gloves that reduce the risk of germ dissemination to the environment and from infected patient to a health care worker and vice versa. Disposable gloves are largely used for medical applications; however, demand for these gloves has risen in the non-medical applications such as food & beverage recently. Natural rubber latex gloves are the most prominent product type in the disposable gloves market; however, demand is expected to decline from 2015 to 2023 due to increasing instances of latex allergy. Nitrile disposable gloves have gained significant importance in various applications owing to better puncture resistance. It is considered to be an ideal substitute for natural rubber latex gloves.
Steady demand for disposable gloves in the health care industry and rising application of gloves in the non-medical sector, such as food & beverage, are driving the disposable gloves market in the U.K. However, decline in demand for natural rubber latex disposable gloves is expected to hinder market growth. Adoption of synthetic disposable gloves is expected to boost the growth of the disposable gloves market in the U.K.
This report estimates and forecasts the disposable gloves market in the U.K. The study provides forecast from 2015 to 2023 based on volume (Billion Pieces) and revenue (US$ Mn).
The study includes market estimate for disposable gloves in the U.K. The study also provides a comprehensive view of the disposable gloves market by dividing it into applications such as medical and non-medical. Non-medical application has been further divided into various sub-segments such as food & beverage, cleanroom, industrial, and others. These application segments have been analyzed based on historic, present, and future trends, and the market has been estimated from 2015 to 2023 in terms of volume (Billion Pieces) and revenue (US$ Mn). The disposable gloves market has been further categorized into various product segments such as natural rubber latex gloves, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, and others. A detailed market segmentation further includes demand for above-mentioned products and applications in the U.K.
The report includes a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the market. This section of the report provides detailed information about value addition at each stage of the value chain in the disposable gloves market in the U.K. The report comprises drivers and restraints for the disposable gloves market along with their support data during the forecast period. Additionally, the report comprises a study of opportunities in the disposable gloves market in the U.K. from 2015 to 2023.
The report also includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to measure the degree of competition in the disposable gloves market in the U.K. The study includes a separate section of qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein product segments are analyzed. The report also provides competitive landscape, which includes market share of key industry players operating in the disposable gloves market on a global level. A qualitative analysis on the National Health Service (NHS), a publicly funded health care system in the U.K., is also included in the report. Additionally, a comprehensive list of companies providing disposable gloves to the health care industry is incorporated in the study.
Furthermore, the report also provides a price trend analysis for disposable gloves from 2015 to 2023 in US$ per box.
Secondary research sources that were typically referred to included, but were not limited to company annual reports, company websites, broker report, investor presentations, SEC filings, and financial reports. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary paid and free access databases, news articles, statistical databases, national government documents, and white papers, market reports, webcasts, and podcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.
In-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders were conducted to compile this research study. Primary research represents bulk of the research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Primary research further aided the analysis by rendering a view on current and upcoming trends in the U.K. disposable gloves market.
Key players operating in the disposable gloves market in the U.K. profiled in the study include Unigloves, BM Polyco Ltd., Barber Healthcare Limited, Paul Hartmann AG, Ansell, Robinson Healthcare, Aurelia Gloves, Davis Schottlander & Davis Ltd., HPC Healthline, Shermond, Fannin, Medline Industries, Inc., Medicare Products Ltd., and Halyard Health, Inc. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview (headcount, headquarters, and stock listing), brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments and acquisitions, and financial overview.
The disposable gloves market in the U.K. has been segmented as follows:
- U.K. Disposable Gloves Market – Product Segment Analysis
- Natural Rubber Latex Gloves
- Nitrile Gloves
- Vinyl Gloves
- Others (including neoprene, polyethylene, polychloroprene, etc.)
- U.K. Disposable Gloves Market – Application Analysis
- Food & Beverage
- Others (including tattoo artists, home and garden, etc.)