The global nitrile gloves market was valued at USD 5.40 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period owing to the growing awareness regarding latex allergy are the key factors that are responsible to drive the market for nitrile gloves.
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Nitrile butadiene rubber or nitrile rubbers is made of organic chemicals. These products do not contain latex proteins and have a negligible content of vulcanization accelerators. The use of synthetic rubber helps in providing stability, high strength, and improved flexibility linked with the ability to reduce hand fatigue, and low friction.
Nitrile gloves provide various benefits such as puncture resistance and long shelf life. Additionally, rising incidences of pandemic diseases, including swine flu (H1N1) and COVID-19, along with increasing demand for infection control, are expected to drive the demand during the forecast period.
Rising geriatric population, increasing healthcare awareness and better hygiene standards in the medical industry of developing region and non-medical sectors of the developed region along with progressively strict health regulations in the developed and developing countries are driving the demand for nitrile gloves market.
Nitrile gloves are becoming the favored synthetic alternative to conventional rubber and are suitable when latex allergies are of concern. These products are the best choice for anyone that needs to handle potentially harmful and caustic substances. These products are more robust and resistant to chemicals than latex products, while not being as elastic or flexible.
With the help of advanced technology, the manufacturers of nitrile gloves are supplying these gloves to different end-use industries. They own their independent proprietary technology or have licensed technology from other market participants. These companies manufacture products at low cost and distribute these products across the globe to maintain minimal pricing.
The market is primarily segmented on the basis of type, product, end-use, and region.
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In terms of types, the market is segmented into powdered and powder-free. The powder-free segment is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to its high strength compared to the powdered ones. Moreover, the increasing preference across various industries such as medical, chemical, and food processing is projected to drive market growth for nitrile gloves.
Powder-free products are extensively used in the healthcare and medical industry where the demand for disposable is growing rapidly post COVID-19. Additionally, strict government regulations by various governments on the use of powdered gloves are expected to positively impact the powder-free gloves segment over the forecast period.
Based on products the market is divided into disposable and durable. The durable nitrile glove segment is projected to hold a key share of the market during the forecast period due to the growing demand for single-use disposables across various end-use industries posts the COVID-19 outbreak.
Disposable nitrile gloves prevent the transmission of germs and pathogens at medical facilities. These gloves are normally preferred by healthcare workers to avoid cross-contamination during examination and treatment, which in turn, is expected to drive the demand for disposable nitrile products over the coming years.
Durable nitrile gloves are used in harsh environments. These products offer advantages such as strength, durability, and low generation of waste. The durable product need cleaning post using it, which is less convenient compared to disposable products; hence, durable products are less preferred across various end-use industries in the market.
In terms of end-users, the market is segmented into medical & healthcare, oil & gas, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, metal & machinery, automotive, cleanroom, chemical & petrochemical, and others. Medical & healthcare is further divided into surgical and examination.
The medical & healthcare segment is anticipated to dominate the market during the forecast period, as these gloves protect the transmission of blood-borne pathogens, germs, and other environmental contaminants.
Nitrile gloves are generally used in the automotive industry as they are latex-free and manufactured with a synthetic polymer, which increases puncture resistance and reduces friction. Moreover, these products offer exceptional chemical resistance, particularly to grease, gasoline, and oil. Hence, the demand for nitrile is high in the automotive market.
The demand for nitrile disposables is expected to increase in the food & beverage industry mainly due to hygiene and quality control in the industry. Workers in the food & beverage industry use the product to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. Moreover, nitrile disposable gloves in the food & beverage industry prevent foodborne illnesses.
Based on region the market is segregated into Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to dominate the global market owing to the factors such as increasing healthcare expenditure, rising awareness about healthcare-acquired infections, and rising elderly population.
Improving safety and hygiene standards across various healthcare settings in developing countries such as India and China is projected to have a positive impact on the nitrile gloves market growth. Moreover, the rapid spread of COVID-19 in countries such as India, Japan, and China is further expected to increase the regional product demand.
The rising number of occupational injuries along with the increasing requirements for effective and protective products in industries such as metal manufacturing, food and beverage, oil and gas, chemical, and automotive is anticipated to increase the penetration of nitrile disposables in Europe during the forecast period.
Key players included in the market are Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Ansell Ltd. Medline Industries, Unigloves (UK) Limited, Superior Gloves, and MCR Safety.