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Disposable Gloves Market

Disposable Gloves Market Forecast by Material (Nitrile, Natural Rubber, Neoprene, and Polyethylene), by Product Type (Powdered, and Non-Powdered), by End User (Medical, Chemicals, Automotive, Oil & Gas, and Others), and by Region - Global Insights 2022 to 2032

Analysis of Disposable Gloves market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Disposable Gloves Market Outlook

Disposable Gloves market reached a valuation of US$ 449.52 Million by 2021, and is likely to register a Y-o-Y growth rate of 12.0% in 2022, closing at US$ 503.91 Million. Furthermore, across the 2022-2032 period of assessment, growth is expected to accelerate at a whopping 12.1% CAGR, reaching US$ 1,579.11 Million.

With growing personal hygiene and safety awareness, demand for disposable gloves is surging significantly across diverse end-use sectors such as medical, personal care & hygiene, and others.

Report Attributes

Details

Anticipated Base Year Value (2021)

US$ 449.52 Million

Expected Market Value (2022)

US$ 503.91 Million

Projected Forecast Value (2032)

US$ 1,579.11 Million

Global Growth Rate (2022-2032)

12.1% CAGR

Expected Growth Rate of the US Market (2022-2032)

11.8% CAGR

Anticipated Growth Rate of China Market (2022-2032)

11.6% CAGR

Key Companies Profiled

  • Ansell Ltd.
  • The Glove Company
  • Adenna LLC
  • Supermax Corporation Bhd
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Semperit AG Holding
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Smart Glove

A new report on the disposable gloves market by Fact.MR provides in-depth analysis of the growth scope, demand-supply patterns, and new trends for the forecast period of 2022 to 2032. As stated in the report, high demand for nitrile gloves will favor manufacturers, while their focus will be on lucrative markets such as North America, and Asia Pacific.

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2017-2021 Revenue Analysis of Disposable Gloves Market vs. Growth Outlook 2022-2032

According to market research and competitive intelligence provider Fact.MR, the Disposable Gloves market experienced noteworthy growth, growing at a value CAGR of 5.8% from 2017 to 2021. Disposable gloves, being an integral part of personal safety and hygiene, have gained fast traction in the past years.

Additionally, steady requirement for various powdered and non-powdered disposable gloves from chemical, automotive, oil & gas, and other non-medical sectors has further bolstered the growth of industry players during the last 4 years from 2017 to 2021.

Rising awareness regarding personal hygiene and protection against infectious diseases has become the key driving factor driving demand for disposable gloves since the outbreak of the pandemic. Additionally, increase in health expenditure, governmental investments in the medical sector, and other macro-economic factors are boosting the sales of disposable gloves. According to Fact.MR, the global disposable gloves market is forecast to expand impressively at over 12.1% CAGR through 2032.

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Key Market Drivers Influencing Disposable Gloves Industry Expansion

Increasing Implementation of Better Industrial Safety and Hygiene to Bolster Market Growth Prospects

The construction sector accounts for the major share of work-related injuries and fatalities among all industries. As construction workers' hands are exposed to dangerous circumstances on the working site, inadequate safety precautions can result in accidents.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of hand injuries in the construction sector are sustained by employees who were not wearing gloves, while approximately 30% of injuries are caused by improper and damaged gloves.

All of the dangers connected with such incidents may be easily decreased to an acceptable level by wearing adequate PPE on the working site, which includes gloves. Rising building and infrastructure projects in China, the U.S., and India are expected to generate a global expansion opportunity for market growth.

Due to increasing demand from the commercial and residential sectors, the construction industry is expanding in many regions. The rising adoption of tougher laws and industrial safety standards during building operations is expected to surge the demand for protective gloves.

Usage of Latex & Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves in Agriculture to Propel Market Growth

Since agriculture contributes to a significant percentage of the GDP in India, manufacturers in the disposable gloves market are unlocking growth opportunities in the region. The growing popularity of nitrile gloves is transforming the agricultural industry.

Companies in the disposable gloves market are expanding their supply chains via eCommerce and online shopping apps. They are boosting production for latex and powder-free nitrile gloves that are ideal for milking and other tasks. Ambidextrous, strong, and durable nitrile gloves are being preferred in the agriculture industry. Companies are offering quality and customer service to meet demands of customers.

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Key Challenges encountered by Disposable Gloves Providers

Increasing Susceptible Markets due to Highly Concentrated Raw Materials to Hinder Prospects

Raw materials, such as latex, used in the manufacturing of disposable gloves are mostly produced in Asian countries such as Malaysia and China. The highly concentrated raw material source implies that any disruption at the source can significantly influence almost each and every stakeholder throughout the value chain.

For instance, Top Glove, one of the major glove manufacturers based in Malaysia, had to shut down the production at their 28 facilities in November 2020.

Top Glove being a major glove producer, this step meant added shipping delays, as well as a longer lead time for orders impacting a significant number of customers. Instances such as these can negatively impact global demand and hinder the market growth.

Rising Environmental Pollution to Hinder Prospects

The COVID-19 pandemic initially caused major panic among the global population due to the rapid spread and mortality rate, which led to increase in demand for face masks, disposable gloves, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), among others.

Usage of disposable gloves by healthcare personnel and many among the general public increased significantly to prevent potential infection. However, used products were discarded randomly at locations such as lawns, roadsides, parks, and water bodies.

Disposable gloves when discarded in water bodies do not disintegrate or degrade for extended periods of time and can cause water contamination and endanger the marine ecosystem. This in turn resulted in rising concerns regarding environmental pollution, which is a key factor expected to result in implementation of stringent regulations regarding use and disposal of such products and hamper market revenue growth to some extent.

Another major factor restraining adoption and sales of powdered gloves or medical gloves includes the ban on use of these types of gloves during patient examination and other applications.

The ban came into effect as of 18 January 2017, and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricted use of powdered patient examination gloves, powdered surgical gloves, and also on powder for lubricating surgeon’s gloves. The FDA ban also applies to veterinary use such as veterinary clinical care and animal surgery centers.

Comparative View of Adjacent Disposable Gloves Markets

Disposable Gloves Market :

Attributes

Disposable Gloves Market

CAGR (2022-2032)

12.1%

Market Value (2032)

US$ 1,579.11 Million

Growth Factor

Rising demand for disposable gloves especially from the healthcare industry and growing alertness related to the advantages of disposable gloves especially in the developing economies are expected to directly and positively impact the growth rate of the market.

Opportunity

Governments and regulatory bodies across the globe are adopting stricter industrial safety regulations, thus creating new opportunities for the disposable gloves market growth.

Medical Gloves Market :

Attributes

Medical Gloves Market

CAGR (2022-2032)

7.2%

Market Value (2032)

US$ 12.8 Billion

Growth Factor

Increasing incidences of acute and chronic diseases, coupled with increasing concerns about safety and sanitation are the major factors that are anticipated to fuel the growth of the medical gloves market during the forecast period.

Opportunity

The growing number of surgical procedures performed globally, including cesarean section, appendectomy, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), carotid endarterectomy, and circumcision are expected to boost the industry demand.

Latex Gloves Market :

Attributes

Latex Gloves Market

CAGR (2022-2032)

6.0%

Market Value (2032)

US$ 21.5 Billion

Growth Factor

Rising concerns regarding hygiene product quality and safety the latex gloves market is projected to grow exponentially in the near future.

Opportunity

Rising awareness regarding hygiene and safety among healthcare workers and patients to fuel the growth of the Latex Gloves Market over the analysis period.

Region-wise Analysis

How will the Growth of Disposable Gloves Market Escalate across the U.S?

Increasing Healthcare Expenditure in the US to Broaden Growth Prospects

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in augmenting the demand for disposable gloves significantly across the country. Increasing healthcare expenditure, coupled with the growing elderly population and rising awareness pertaining to healthcare-acquired infections, is projected to have a positive impact on the market growth in the US. The upgrading of the public healthcare system and infrastructure and investments in new facilities are a part of the reform plan. These developments are expected to drive the demand for medical equipment and devices. The demand for hand protection equipment such as disposable and durable gloves is anticipated to witness growth owing to the expanding medical sector in the country.

The U.S is set to remain the most lucrative country in the world’s largest disposable gloves industry - North America. Rise in demand from the medical sector, highly advanced manufacturing infrastructure, and favorable governmental rules & regulations are raising the market value for disposable gloves in the country.

As per Fact.MR, the U.S Disposable Gloves Market is slated to flourish at a CAGR of 11.8% until 2032. As stated in a report published by the CDC on 28th February 2017, an estimated 25.7 million (53%) ambulatory surgery procedures were performed in hospitals, while 22.5 million (47%) were performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in 2017. As per data obtained from the healthcare sector, some of the most common surgeries in the U.S. include -

  • Cataract removal
  • Joint replacement
  • Angioplasty
  • Heart bypass surgery

This, in turn, is accelerating the sales of disposable gloves, while the outbreak of the pandemic has surged demand even more since 2020.

How will China Perform in the Global Disposable Gloves Industry Landscape?

Highly Advanced Healthcare Sector in China to Boost the Market Growth

According to Fact.MR’s projections, deployment of Disposable Gloves across China is forecast to expand at an impressive 11.6% value CAGR from 2022 to 2032. China is in the spotlight of the world’s fastest-growing disposable gloves industry - Asia Pacific, and forecast to lead through 2032. Backed by a highly advanced healthcare sector, manufacturing industry, and sky-high demand during the pandemic outbreak, China is a high potential market for disposable glove manufacturers. As per data revealed by the Government of China, in February 2020, orders for disposable gloves increased 100% as compared to the usual weekly orders due to surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report titled “People’s Republic of China Health System Review”, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the People’s Republic of China has made impressive achievements in improving health status over the past 6 decades, mainly due to the government’s commitment to health, provision of cost-effective public health programmes, growing coverage of health financial protection mechanisms, and investments in an extensive healthcare delivery network. These factors indirectly indicate the lucrative growth scope for disposable glove manufacturers over the coming years.

Country-wise Forecast CAGRs for the Disposable Gloves Market

Country CAGR

U.S

11.8%

U.K

11.7%

China

11.6%

Japan

11.6%

South Korea

10.9%

Category-wise Insights

Will Natural Rubber Segment remain Dominant?

Increasing Demand for Natural Rubber Latex Gloves to Enhance Growth Prospects

By material, demand for natural rubber segment is likely to accelerate the fastest, documenting a value CAGR worth 11.8% from 2022 to 2032, according to Fact.MR.

Natural Rubber Latex Gloves are amongst the most widely used glove varieties in the market. These types of gloves are extremely elastic and can easily take shape of your hand with a comfortable fit. This elasticity combined with the strength of natural rubber latex makes them resistant to tears and punctures.

These gloves are widely used in applications that require waterproof and chemical resistant material. They protect hands against biological hazards such as bacteria and viruses and even bodily fluids. They can also provide protection against water-based chemicals and common cleaning products such as detergents and alcohols. These key factors make natural rubber latex gloves a great choice for laboratory work, dentistry, surgical and healthcare applications, and more.

Which is the Most Sought-after End-User Category?

Medical Segment to Dominate the Disposable Gloves Market

According to projections published by Fact.MR, the centralized Disposable Gloves segment is forecast to register a whopping 11.9% value CAGR across the 2022-2032. In terms of both volume and value, the medical segment represented the major share of the market.

Disposable gloves used in the healthcare & medical segment are critical in protecting the wearer as well as the patient from the spread of infection or illness during medical examinations and procedures. Examination gloves remain an essential part of the infection control strategy.

Additionally, the surge in chronic diseases coupled with the rising aging population across the globe have increased the demand for improved healthcare facilities. Many developed and developing regions have increased the number of healthcare facilities to provide treatment to the aging population. This segment, in turn, is expected to drive market growth.

The Start-Up Ecosystem: How key Players are opening Frontiers for Future Growth?

Disposable Gloves Market players such as SOMNIUM PHARMA AND SURGICALS PVT LTD, iNitrile, American Nitrile, PPS Manufacturing, Zoomget, and Grill Beast, among others, are adopting various marketing strategies such as new product launches, geographical expansion, merger and acquisitions, partnerships and collaboration to identify the interest of potential buyers and create a larger customer base. For instance,

  • In July 2022, Bulgarian startup PPS Manufacturing opened the first in Europe factory for nitrile gloves. The project is undertaken by PPS Manufacturing, operated by people from the managing team of the medical electronics manufacturer BTL Industries, who were later joined by a partner from Plovdiv. The investment so far is for BGN 16 million, but the company is already planning to increase the capacity by another BGN 8-10 million by 2024. In an effort to ensure a variety of raw materials, they also started another venture – the development of biodegradable gloves. For this purpose, the Plovdiv Company together with scientific organizations in Germany and other European countries have established the German company PPS Innovation GmbH.
  • Established in 2017, Zoomget, a startup that sells disposable gloves online, witnessed an incredible growth. In 2020, Zoomget multiplied its revenue by nearly 10 times year over year. Zoomget works with manufacturers to bring their products from Asia to the U.S., where it sells them online through its own website as well as Amazon, Walmart and other marketplaces. Prior to the pandemic, Zoomget mostly sold to businesses such as auto shops, dentists and child care facilities, but when Covid-19 began to spread, the company’s customer base quickly multiplied.
  • Founded in 2014, Grill Beast is an online store selling grilling equipment & outdoor cooking tools sets. Products include nitrile gloves, mats, mesh, shovels, their Ultimate Beast Kit, and more. The company also sells stickers, baseball hats, aprons, and t-shirts.

Disposable Gloves Market- Competitive Landscape

Prominent players in the Disposable Gloves Industry are taking advantage of the rapidly increasing demand for the Disposable Gloves in various applications. To further their outreach, players are relying on collaborations, partnerships and acquisitions with existing small, medium and large-scale vendors. Some prominent market developments are as follows:

  • In January 2021, Ansell Limited completed the acquisition of the Primus brand and related assets that consist of the Life Science business belonging to Primus Gloves and Sanrea Healthcare Products (“Primus”). In addition, Ansell and Primus have entered into a long-term supply partnership. Primus is an Indian manufacturer and marketer of gloves sold in the Life Science and Specialty Medical sectors and is one of the few global producers of long cuff gloves with strong brand recognition. This acquisition increases the company’s presence in this important Indian market and provides them with the opportunity to further speed up the growth of their Life Sciences business.
  • In May 2021, Honeywell and Premier Inc. established a new business partnership aimed at increasing nitrile exam glove production in the U.S. In the first year alone, this new alliance is estimated to create at least 750 million nitrile test gloves. The partnership is anticipated to provide access to domestically produced exam gloves for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare professionals in the U.S.

Key Segments Covered in the Disposable Gloves Industry Report

  • By Material :

    • Nitrile
    • Natural Rubber
    • Neoprene
    • Polyethylene
  • By Product Type :

    • Powdered
    • Non-powdered
  • By End User :

    • Medical
    • Chemicals
    • Automotive
    • Oil & Gas
    • Others
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • East Asia
    • South Asia
    • Oceania

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As of 2021, the Disposable Gloves market was valued at US$ 449.52 Million.

As of 2022, Fact.MR expects the Disposable Gloves industry to be valued at US$ 503.91 Million.

According to Fact.MR, a CAGR of 5.8% was recorded for the Disposable Gloves market from 2017-2021.

From 2022 to 2032, the Disposable Gloves industry is poised to flourish at a 12.1% CAGR.

By 2032, the Disposable Gloves landscape is slated to reach a valuation of US$ 1,579.11 Million.

Natural Rubber Segment is expected to grow the fastest, at a CAGR of 11.8%.

By End-User, the Medical Segment is expected to dominate the market, documenting a 11.9% value CAGR.

As per Fact.MR’s projections, the market for Disposable Gloves in the US will likely expand at a 11.8% CAGR.

China is poised to yield a CAGR of 11.6% Million with respect to Disposable Gloves in 2032.

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