The global disposable gloves market was valued at USD 10.12 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period. The rise in the occurrences of acute and chronic diseases, growing concerns regarding safety, sanitation, and hygiene are some of the key factors driving the market growth.
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Disposable gloves are mostly used across healthcare, food, chemical industries as well as in janitorial services. The rising demand for disposable gloves, especially in the healthcare industry owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, along with the growing awareness about Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI), is projected to drive the disposable gloves market growth.
The impact of COVID-19 is visible in the healthcare gloves segment as it has triggered the acceptance of disposables for personal health and safety among common people. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased the upsurge in the demand for disposable medical gloves, which eventually had a huge impact on the global market.
Work-related safety guidelines play an important role in the rise of the disposable gloves market. Mandatory policies by government agencies for several companies to keep worker safety in industries are expected to drive the disposables demand during the forecast period.
Contact with hazardous chemicals in the working environment of industries has been one of the key factors allied with health issues among workers. Skin diseases, hand cuts, rashes, and amputation are the common hazards experienced in various industries, such as healthcare and mining.
Safety regulations are likely to be the vital factors expected to drive the demand for the disposables over the forecast period. Disposable gloves are made of synthetic or natural rubber. The high price competition, allergy, and toxic reactions caused by natural and synthetic rubber are expected to hamper the growth of the market.
Disposable Gloves Market Report Scope
The global market has been segmented on the basis of material, form, application, and region.
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Based on the material, the market is segmented into natural rubber, nitrile, vinyl, neoprene, polyethylene, and others. The disposable nitrile glove segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to the increasing adoption of nitrile-based products in the medical, chemical, painting and, laboratory sectors.
Vinyl-based product are latex-free products that provide high comfort compared to neoprene products. These gloves are suitable in industries where frequent change of the product is required, such as the healthcare and food industries.
Polyethylene is the most cost-effective material. These are specially designed to come off and on quickly and easily. PE disposable gloves are lightweight and offer a loose fit. These products are also powder-free from latex and are majorly used for light-duty applications, which need a frequent change of disposables, such as food serving & processing work.
Based on form, the market is divided into powdered and non-powered. Non-powered segment is anticipated to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to the strict regulations on the use of powdered disposable gloves by several governments across the globe due to the growing incidents of asthma and other respiratory conditions.
In January 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the sales, distribution, and manufacturing of all powdered surgeon and patient examination disposable gloves, and absorbable powder, which is used to lubricate surgeon’s disposable gloves. The ban on the product is expected to hamper the growth of the powdered product segment during the forecast period.
Based on end-users, the market is segregated into medical and non-medical. The medical end-user segment is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for disposable medical gloves has seen a huge surge owing to their use across all departments of the medical institutes owing to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disposable gloves are necessary to protect employees against hand injuries, which are common across various industries such as construction, food processing, oil & gas, automotive and, metal fabrication. The demand for disposable gloves in the chemical & petrochemical industries is expected to witness substantial growth in the forecast period for handling volatile substances in chemical industries and laboratories.
Based on region, the market is divided into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. North America is expected to hold the largest market share due to the favorable government policies and well-established healthcare infrastructure, which ensure the operation of the high standard of hygiene and best practices in the U.S.
Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing regional market owing to the increased product demand from the medical, industrial applications, food & beverages industries. Additionally, the ongoing pandemic is further projected to boost the product demand across developing countries in this region, such as Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.
Leading players in the market are adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies such as collaborations, increasing production capacities, launches, and others to meet the unprecedented surge in the demand.
The key players operating in the market include Semperit Ag Holding, Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, Supermax Corporation Berhad Ansell Limited, Cardinal Health, Inc, Adventa Berhad (Sun Healthcare), and Dynarex Corporation.