Market Overview:

As per this new industry analysis by Persistence Market Research, the global Medical Gloves Market was valued at US$ 9.08 billion in 2021 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 6% between 2022 and 2032. This Medical Gloves Market is expected to reach US$ 17.6 billion by the end of 2032.Due to the rising demand for personal protective equipment in the healthcare industry for patient safety, such as disposable gloves and masks, the market for medical gloves is expanding at a fast pace. The current pandemic also increased awareness among people about hygiene, which boosted the use of gloves by both the public as well as healthcare professionals.

Market Growth Factors:

  1. Increasing Healthcare Awareness:
    • Rising awareness of the importance of hygiene and infection control in healthcare settings has led to an increased demand for medical gloves.
  2. Prevalence of Infectious Diseases:
    • The ongoing threat of infectious diseases, including the global COVID-19 pandemic, has heightened the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), including medical gloves.
  3. Stringent Regulations and Standards:
    • Stringent regulations and standards regarding the use of personal protective equipment in healthcare settings have contributed to the growth of the medical gloves market. Compliance with these regulations is crucial for healthcare facilities.
  4. Rise in Surgical Procedures:
    • The increasing number of surgical procedures globally, along with the growing geriatric population, has driven the demand for medical gloves in surgical applications.
  5. Technological Advancements:
    • Advances in manufacturing technologies have improved the quality and efficiency of medical gloves, making them more comfortable, durable, and suitable for various medical applications.
  6. Increasing Healthcare Expenditure:
    • The overall growth in healthcare expenditure worldwide has led to greater investments in medical infrastructure and facilities, thereby increasing the demand for medical gloves.
  7. Growing Adoption of Disposable Gloves:
    • The shift towards the use of disposable gloves over reusable ones due to concerns about cross-contamination and infection control has boosted the demand for medical gloves.
  8. Expansion of the Healthcare Industry:
    • The expansion of healthcare facilities, particularly in developing regions, has increased the need for medical gloves to ensure the safety of both healthcare professionals and patients.
  9. Awareness of Occupational Hazards:
    • Increased awareness among healthcare workers about the risks of occupational exposure to pathogens and chemicals has led to a higher adoption of protective measures, including the use of medical gloves.
  10. Pandemic-Driven Demand:
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the demand for medical gloves as healthcare systems worldwide focused on preventing the spread of the virus.
  11. Research and Development Initiatives:
    • Ongoing research and development activities in the field of medical gloves aim to improve product features, such as barrier protection, flexibility, and comfort, further driving market growth.
  12. Globalization of the Medical Gloves Industry:
    • The globalization of the medical gloves industry has led to increased production, distribution, and consumption across different regions, contributing to market expansion.
  13. Occupational Safety Standards in Non-healthcare Sectors:
    • The adoption of stringent safety standards in non-healthcare sectors, such as food processing, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing, has increased the use of medical gloves for worker protection.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious, and because healthcare workers are most exposed to it when treating patients, they are the most at risk of contracting it. Therefore, providing them with adequate protection has been crucial in the fight against this infection. Increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, headgear, etc., during the pandemic, boosted the market growth.

An increase in the demand for medical gloves globally can be seen during viral epidemics such as the avian flu and Ebola. Medical gloves are recognized as the most basic and cost-effective virus defense in the healthcare sector. By reducing the risk of viral transmission among healthcare personnel, double-layer gloves, rather than single-layer gloves will increase demand for medical gloves.

As a result, key market players are focusing on novel product development with enhanced efficacy in terms of environmental stability, protection from infections, and durability.

For instance:

  • In November 2021, one of the leading medical protectives product manufacturers Owens and Minor launched its new brand Safeskin nitrile gloves. These are safe for the skin and comfortable as well.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

  • Disposable examination gloves are the leading product segment and held 71.8% market value share in 2021.
  • By end user, the medical sector is leading the global medical gloves market and is expected to continue to do so expanding at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecasted years.
  • North America is the leading regional market with a value share of 45.8%.

“Increasing incidence of acute & chronic diseases and rising concerns about safety & sanitation are major factors driving the growth of the medical gloves market,” according to a researcher by Persistence Market Research.

Market Applications:

  1. Healthcare and Hospitals:
    • Medical gloves are extensively used in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals during patient examinations, surgeries, and various medical procedures to prevent cross-contamination.
  2. Surgical Procedures:
    • Surgeons and operating room staff use sterile surgical gloves to maintain aseptic conditions during surgical procedures, reducing the risk of infections for both healthcare workers and patients.
  3. Dental Care:
    • Dentists and dental hygienists wear gloves during dental examinations, cleanings, and dental procedures to protect against exposure to blood and saliva, reducing the risk of infections.
  4. Laboratories:
    • Medical gloves are essential in laboratories where researchers and laboratory technicians handle chemicals, biological samples, and other potentially hazardous materials. They provide protection against chemical exposure and contamination.
  5. Pharmaceutical Industry:
    • Workers in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities use medical gloves to prevent contamination during the production and handling of medications.
  6. Veterinary Care:
    • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians use gloves during animal examinations, surgeries, and other procedures to protect against biological and chemical hazards.
  7. Food Handling and Processing:
    • In the food industry, particularly in food handling and processing, disposable gloves are used to maintain hygiene standards, prevent contamination, and protect food from potential contamination by hands.
  8. Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
    • Emergency medical responders and paramedics use medical gloves when providing pre-hospital care to patients, reducing the risk of exposure to bodily fluids and pathogens.
  9. Home Healthcare:
    • Medical gloves are used in home healthcare settings when providing care to individuals with medical needs, ensuring a barrier against potential contaminants.
  10. Beauty and Cosmetics Industry:
    • In the beauty and cosmetics industry, disposable gloves are used during various cosmetic procedures, such as hair dyeing, nail treatments, and other beauty services, to protect both clients and service providers.
  11. Cleanrooms and Controlled Environments:
    • Industries with cleanroom environments, such as electronics manufacturing and semiconductor production, use gloves to prevent the introduction of contaminants during the handling of sensitive materials.
  12. Autopsy and Mortuary Services:
    • Medical gloves are used in autopsy and mortuary services to protect personnel from exposure to bodily fluids and infectious materials.
  13. Cleaning and Janitorial Services:
    • Gloves are used in cleaning and janitorial services to protect hands from exposure to cleaning chemicals and potential contaminants.

Market Competition

Key Companies-

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd
  • Ansell
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Semperit AG Holding
  • Rubberex Corporation (M) Bhd
  • Comfort Rubber Gloves Industries Sdn Bhd
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • B. Braun Melsungen AG and Others

While manufacturers are operating at full capacity, demand has outstripped supply since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020. A substantial array of end users, particularly healthcare providers and other industrial users, have been affected by this gap.

The market is fragmented and there exists a number of local, emerging, as well as established players. Key players have initiated promotional activities to introduce the design and engineering of novel glove materials with enhanced efficacy for disintegration after disposal.

  • In April 2022, Showa Medical received approval from US FDA for its biodegradable gloves.
  • In May 2020, Healthium MedTech launched antimicrobial gloves called Trushield. These gloves provide 99.99% protection to healthcare professionals from germs.

What Does the Report Cover?

Persistence Market Research offers a unique perspective and actionable insights on the medical gloves market in its latest study, presenting a historical demand assessment of 2017 to 2021 and projections for 2022 to 2032.

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Market Segmentation:

By Product:

  • Reusable Gloves
    • Fabric Supported Gloves
      • Natural Rubber (NR)
      • Nitrile Rubber (NBR)
      • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
      • Polyurethane (PU)
    • Industrial & Household Gloves
      • Natural Rubber (NR)
        • Powdered Gloves
        • Non-powdered Gloves
      • Nitrile Rubber (NBR)
      • Neoprene
      • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Disposable Examination Gloves
    • Natural Rubber (NR)
      • Powdered Gloves
      • Non-powdered Gloves
    • Nitride Rubber (NBR)
    • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Surgical Gloves
    • Natural Rubber (NR)
      • Powdered Gloves
      • Non-powdered Gloves
    • Synthetic
    • Chloroprene
    • Isoprene
  • Disposable Industrial Gloves

By End User:

  • Medical Sector
    • Acute Care
    • Laboratory Services
    • Research Services
  • Non-Medical Sector
    • Food Processing
    • Commercial Manufacturing
    • Cleanroom Application
    • Household Application

By Region:

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

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