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Disposable Gloves Market

Disposable Gloves Market

Disposable Gloves Market By Material (Nitrile, Natural Rubber, Neoprene), By Product Type (Powdered, Non-powdered), By End User (Medical, Automotive, Chemicals, Oil & Gad)- Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031

Disposable Gloves Market
  • Dec-2021
  • List of Tables : 84
  • List of Figures : 112
  • 170 Pages
  • Consumer Goods

Rise in Demand from Medical Sector to Fuel Sales of Disposable Gloves

The global disposable gloves market is forecast to expand impressively at over 10% CAGR through 2021-2031.

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. While the outbreak of COVID-19 unexpectedly dented the growth of most sectors across the world, the market for disposable gloves was an exceptions, with demand surging across the world.

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 2021 to 2031. 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, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Historical Vs. Future Outlook on Disposable Glove Sales

Disposable gloves, being an integral part of personal safety and hygiene, have gained fast traction in the past years. While demand for surgical, one-time use, and other gloves became prominent from the medical sector, the COVID-19 pandemic has further spurred the growth of suppliers due to increased demand.

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 5 years from 2016 to 2020.

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 fuelling the sales of disposable gloves. According to Fact.MR, the global disposable gloves market is forecast to expand impressively at over 10% CAGR through 2031.

How are Governmental Initiatives Regarding Safety & Hygiene Bolstering Demand for Disposable Gloves?

Disposable gloves are a crucial part of maintaining hygiene and facilitating precautionary measures against infectious diseases, and have gained further popularity due to the pandemic. In a report titled “Medical Gloves for COVID-19”, published on 3rd September 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided regular updates and other guidelines regarding the usage, availability, and other significant points for disposable gloves, such as-

  • The Basics on Medical Gloves and COVID-19
  • Shortages of Medical Gloves During COVID-19
  • Manufacturing Gloves During COVID-19
  • Importing, Purchasing, or Donating Gloves During COVID-19
  • Reporting Shortages or Problems with Gloves

Also, in order to expand the availability of medical gloves, the FDA is providing regulatory flexibility as described in the enforcement policy for gloves that is in effect during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Such initiatives are projected to propel the growth of disposable glove suppliers over the coming years.

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What are the Key Challenges Faced by Disposable Glove Suppliers?

Despite being highly sought-after across diverse end-use sectors, disposable glove manufacturers face constraints due to a few negative factors, such as-

  • Latex gloves cause skin allergies and reactions
  • Most disposable gloves are unrecyclable and end up in landfills, creating a negative environmental impact
  • Latex gloves are not efficient in providing proper protection from chemicals
  • Manufacturing processes of disposable gloves often affect the environment negatively by creating air, water, and soil pollution

However, with the introduction of nitrile gloves and continuous efforts to minimize harmful environmental effects, manufacturers are subject to overcome these constraints in the near future.

disposable gloves market analysis of US and Europe region

Country-Wise Analysis

Why are Manufacturers in the United States Witnessing Sky-high Demand?

The United States 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 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. are-

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

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

What are the Key Factors Driving the Sales of Disposable Gloves in Germany?

Germany, being a leading player in the Europe disposable gloves industry, has attracting potential stakeholders since the past decade. Growing demand for medical disposable gloves, favorable governmental policies, and rise in awareness regarding personal hygiene and safety are bolstering demand for disposable gloves in Germany.

According to a report titled “International Health Care System Profiles- Germany”, published by the Commonwealth Fund on 5th June 2020, health insurance is mandatory in Germany, and 86% of the population is enrolled in statutory health insurance, which provides inpatient, outpatient, mental health, and prescription drug coverage. As per the report, sickness funds are financed through general wage contributions (14.6%) and a dedicated supplementary contribution, while Germans earning more than US$ 68,000 can opt out of SHI and choose private health insurance. While such governmental policies are aiding the growth of Germany’s medical industry, they are indirectly raising demand for disposable gloves in the country.

Why are Disposable Glove Sales Surging in China?

China is in the spotlight of the world’s fastest-growing disposable gloves industry - Asia Pacific, and forecast to lead through 2031. 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.

What Makes Japan a Highly Lucrative market for Disposable Gloves?

Highly advanced medical and healthcare sector coupled with growing investments by manufacturers in research & development (R&D) activities is propelling market growth in Japan.

As stated in a report published by the Commonwealth Fund Organization on 5th June 2020, Japan’s statutory health insurance system covers 98.3% of the population, while the separate public social assistance program for impoverished people covers the remaining 1.7%. According to the report, the number of supplementary medical insurance policies in force has gradually increased from 23.8 million in 2010 to 36.8 million in 2017, and is set to rise, further paving new paths for disposable gloves industry players over the coming years.

Category-Wise Insights

Why are Sales of Nitrile Disposable Gloves Gaining Fast Traction?

According to Fact.MR, nitrile disposable gloves will majorly contribute to the rise in market revenue due to increase in requirement. Nitrile disposable gloves witness high demand across key end-use sectors due to their advantages such as-

  • High resistance to chemicals, oil, acids, and others
  • Superior strength
  • Three times more puncture resistance than latex gloves
  • Reduced risks of allergies and reactions
  • Powder free and easier to use

As a result, this segment is set to expand substantially over the coming years. Other key segments in terms of material are natural rubber, neoprene, and polyethylene, which are fuelling the sales of suppliers.

Will Non-powdered Disposable Gloves Witness Growing Demand?

Presently, non-powdered disposable gloves are leading in terms of product type, and are expected to dominate throughout the forecast period as well. Non-powdered gloves see high demand owing to the following properties -

  • Skin-friendly
  • Stronger
  • Highly efficient for versatile use
  • Suitable for food and mechanics industries

As a result, this product type is expected to witness higher demand in the years to come.

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Competitive Landscape

The global disposable gloves market space is becoming tougher in terms of competition, while thriving on key players. In order to sustain their positions, key players are launching a wider range of products. For instance,

  • Adenna LLC launched its new Dark Light® Nitrile Powder Free (PF) Exam Gloves, EMPOWER® Nitrile Powder Free Exam Gloves, and others, a couple of years back.
  • Smart Glove launched its new metal detectable gloves, sterile examination gloves, medical examination gloves, and others, during the last 5 years.

Disposable Gloves Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Oceania

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Material
  • Product Type
  • End User
  • Region

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

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecasts
  • Brand Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Segmentation by Category


  • Nitrile
  • Natural Rubber
  • Neoprene
  • Polyethylene

Product Type

  • Powdered
  • Non-powdered

End User

  • Medical
  • Chemicals
  • Automotive
  • Oil & Gas
  • Others


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

- FAQs -

Some of the top companies manufacturing disposable gloves are Ansell Ltd, Adenna LLC, Halyard Health, Inc., and Medline Industries, Inc.

The United States, Canada, Germany, China, Japan, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and a few others are lucrative markets for disposable gloves, and are expected to dominate throughout the forecast period.

Presently, the medical sector is the most lucrative in terms of end-use industry, and is expected to remain dominant over the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

Nitrile is the mostly sought-after material for manufacturing disposable gloves.

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