Disposable Gloves

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The demand for gloves continues to be surpassed by the supply.

April 10, 2023
alert level: Medium

Cariflex to construct polyisoprene latex plant in Singapore

August 22, 2022
alert level: Low

Cariflex to construct polyisoprene latex plant in Singapore

August 22, 2022
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The average annual savings achieved in Disposable Gloves category is 18.50%

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The industry average payment terms in Disposable Gloves category for the current quarter is 55.6 days

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    Disposable Gloves Market Intelligence

    global market outlook

      • The global disposable gloves market was valued at $12.3 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period 2022-2030
      • North accounts for about 35 percent of global glove consumption due to the high demand for these products in industries like healthcare
      • The demand for nitrile gloves is expected to increase owing to rising adoption in medical and other industries. Increased resistance of nitrile gloves towards resistance and chemicals is expected to drive the overall market.
      • The top gloves producing countries are Malaysia, Thailand, China and Indonesia and the gloves importing countries are The United States, UK, and Germany accounts for a major share.
      • Top Glove, Hartalega, SriTrang Gloves, Kossan and Supermax are the top five gloves manufactures  

    Disposable Gloves market report transcript

    Disposable Gloves Global Market Outlook:


    Global market size: $12.3 Billion (2021)

    Expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8 percent

    • The global market size is valued at 12.3 billion in 2021, growing at a rate of 5.8 percent, due to an increased demand from pharmaceutical and food industries

    • The pharmaceutical industry (35 percent) followed by food industry (20 percent) is the major end-use industry of disposable glove. A rising consciousness and standard for hygiene, progressively stringent health regulations, prevention of chemical infections, etc. in the healthcare industry are some of the latest major factors contributing for an increased demand for gloves

    • To impact of the pandemic on medical supplies (disposable gloves) continued to result in suppliers operating at very high operating levels (>90 - 95 percent) of their installed capacities to meet the demand

    Disposable Gloves Cost Structure Analysis

    • Cost of raw material contributes to approx. 50–60 percent of the total cost of glove production, it also varies with the type of raw material and regions

    • For a glove manufacturing company, the raw material, such as natural rubber or synthetic rubber (NBR/PVC/Butadiene/ACN) consumption, is a major part of the overall operating cost

    • The production cost of natural rubber gloves depends upon natural rubber’s prevailing prices in the market and nitrile prices (derivative of crude oil) for manufacturing of synthetic rubber gloves

    Porter's Analysis on Disposable Gloves

    Disposable gloves is an essential part of PPE within the medical sector and demand is continuing to rise, as the outbreak of COVID-19 makes infection control measures even more important

    Supplier Power

    • The supplier market for disposable gloves is highly fragmented, with over 100 suppliers present globally with most of them supplying disposable gloves

    • These suppliers have various materials, like latex, nitrile, and vinyl disposable gloves

    • The supplier power varies from low to medium for disposable gloves suppliers

    Barriers to New Entrants

    • Regulatory requirements: ASTM, PPE-CE, EN 420: 2003, and ISO 13485 capabilities are keys to produce antibodies and antigens. For example, medical gloves must meet a higher acceptable quality limit and have certifications such as NMPA filing, FDA certification and CE mark

    • Technology barrier- The production of vinyl gloves requires raw materials, like PVC paste resin, plasticizer, etc., and further the temperature and humidity, where the production line is located are the parameters considered for making gloves

    • R&D investment: The single-use gloves require significant capital investment and EPA regulatory approvals to increase production. It is also estimated that it may take 4 to 6 months to add a new production line and a minimum $2 million investment

    Intensity of Rivalry

    • Technology: Suppliers are investing in proprietary technologies [Ansell - ERGOFORM, SHOWA – Eco Bets technology (EBT), etc.] to differentiate themselves from their competitors. HARTALEGA highly automated production processes model

    • Capacity expansion: Established suppliers have been growing through expanding their manufacturing capacities in the disposable glove category E.g., Malcom India to set up a new protective apparel manufacturing plant in India, Apcotex to expand nitrile latex production in India, adding 60,000 metric tons per year at their plants

    • The above trends leave the intensity of the rivalry as high among suppliers

    Threat of Substitutes

    • Disposable gloves do not fulfill the usage in the medical industry. They can be used to a certain extent

    • Other types of gloves, such as exam gloves, medical gloves, surgical gloves, etc., are engineered to meet specific requirements

    • Due to the pricing of the product and the global situation, the threat of substitute remains medium

    Buyer Power

    • Buyer power for healthcare clients varies between medium to high based on material of disposable glove – latex, nitrile, and vinyl along with the procurement volume of disposable gloves

    • By engaging with 2 to 3 players for disposable gloves, there are chances of posses a better negotiation power, in terms of value and pricing

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