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The global disposable medical gloves market size was valued at USD 5.95 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 14.03 Billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period.
Increasing usage of disposable gloves in the healthcare and medical domain, rising awareness pertaining to health safety, accelerating number of surgeries, and emerging health threats such as COVID-19 pandemic are likely to upsurge the demand for disposable medical gloves during the forecast period. For instance, according to recent updates from worldometers.info, as of 12 June, 2020, an estimated 7,622,050 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported worldwide. Medical gloves, also known as disposable gloves, are dominantly used by many healthcare professionals across the globe during examination and surgical procedures, to prevent cross-contamination and reduce the germ dissemination between patients and care providers. The growth of this market is likely to be fueled by the factors such as technological advancements in glove manufacturing such as the use of moisturizing agents for easy donning, antimicrobial technology, and manufacturing of textured gloves to aid the grip of the glove.
COVID-19 Pandemic to Surge Demand for Medical Gloves
The impact of COVID-19 is clearly visible in the medical gloves sector as it triggered the adoption of medical gloves for personal health and safety among common people. COVID-19 outbreak has led to a steady growth in the demand for medical gloves, which subsequently has a huge impact on the global market. For instance, MARGMA expects the demand to jump at 16% to 345 billion gloves this year, with Malaysia’s market share rising two percentage points to 65%.
To mitigate this unprecedented surge in demand, the market players have adopted various inorganic and organic growth strategies such as collaborations, increasing production capacities, launches, and others. For instance, Sri Trang Gloves (Thailand) Ltd., plans to spend funds raised on adding its production capacity by 18.5% post the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak has positively impacted the use of medical gloves. The Global Market for disposable medical gloves is projected to grow by 16.6% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, as compared to 8.9% without the crisis.
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Rising Shift towards Powder-free Gloves to Fuel Market Growth
Today, the prevention of transmissible infections in the surgical practice setting is getting more and more essential. The appropriate use and selection of medical gloves is the key component in infection prevention strategies. There are numerous health risks associated with the powdered gloves such as latex allergies which has led to the less usage of these gloves.
Hence, there is a shift towards the powder-free medical gloves because they generally contain fewer chemicals and endotoxins which make them less allergic and more skin tolerable. Key industry players are engaged in launching the powder-free medical gloves due to their increasing demand.
Therefore, due to the allergic reactions and contaminations caused by the glove’s powder, in January 2017, the FDA banned the use of powdered gloves in public health sector (both surgical and patient examination gloves) because of the risks associated with it.
Growing Patient Population and Increase in Medical Tourism to propel market
A rapidly growing number of chronic diseases across the globe and rise in patient population is likely to drive the global market in the forthcoming years. There has been an increment in healthcare expenditure by various government organizations to establish a strong healthcare infrastructure which is providing advanced levels of medical procedures opportunities to the patients.
An increasing proportion of people in many emerging nations using both public and private healthcare facilities is one of the major factor fuel the disposable medical gloves market growth. The growth in medical tourism, along with the presence of a large patient population, is likely to augment the demand for disposable gloves. Additionally, growing awareness about healthcare facilities in rural areas, increasing incidences of chronic and infectious diseases, enhanced diagnosis rate, and rise in per capita healthcare expenditure are anticipated to fuel the demand for market.
Growing geriatric population is expected to alter the volume and the types of healthcare services offered by the developed countries with an increase in the profile of overall diseases. This is further anticipated to propel the demand for disposable medical gloves. For instance, according to the United Nations, the global population of people aged 60 years or above was 962 million in 2017 and is projected to reach 2.1 billion by 2050.
Rise in the Number of Medical Practitioners and Growing Medical Procedures to Drive Market
A growing number of doctors in private and public healthcare sectors are likely to increase the usage of medical gloves. Moreover, the increasing number of medical procedures globally will also promote the medical disposable gloves market growth during the forecast period. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2016, it was estimated that around 84.6% of children and 64.4% of adults undergo dental surgical procedures, which is likely to rise in the forthcoming years. Additionally, the growing number of ophthalmologist, increase number of cataract surgeries and rise in number of orthopedic surgeries are likely to add impetus to the market during the forecast period.
Highly Competitive and Price Sensitive Market to Hamper Growth
Medical disposable gloves are made of natural or synthetic rubber. Raw materials account for major portion, which is almost half of the overall operating cost of medical glove manufacturing. Using cheaper raw materials can lead to less strength, durability, flexibility, and toxicity problems, thereby hampering the overall growth of the market.
The price of the raw materials depends upon the natural rubber prices prevailing in the market for natural glove production and nitrile prices for the synthetic glove production. Hence, the cost of producing rubber gloves and their selling price is unpredictable, which in turn may challenge the growth of the market in the coming years.
For instance, according to as published research article, in early 2016, natural rubber prices fell by nearly 70 percent due to low crude oil prices and declining demand from China while in early 2017 witnessed a steep hike in rubber glove prices due to heavy rainfall and flooding disrupting production, including a 55 percent increase in the price of latex.
The Surgical Gloves Segment to Generate the Highest Revenue attributable to High Cost of Surgical Gloves
Based on application, the market is categorized into examination gloves and surgical gloves. In terms of value, the surgical gloves segment dominated the market in the year 2019. However, in terms of volume, the examination gloves held a significant share. This twist in shares is attributable to differences in the prices and consumption of surgical and examination gloves. The high prices of surgical gloves contribute to the highest revenue generation despite lowest consumption. The examination gloves segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period attributable to the rise in demand for examination gloves to combat the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and increasing awareness about the use of exam gloves for routine checkups to prevent cross contamination.
Synthetic Medical Gloves Segment to Exhibit Significant CAGR during Forecast Period, Growing Incidences of Latex Allergies to Play Crucial Role
In terms of material, the market is bifurcated into latex gloves and synthetic gloves. The synthetic gloves segment is further categorized into nitrile, vinyl and others. Latex gloves segment dominated the market owing to its superior qualities such as stretching excellent fit, desired grip for critical surgeries, and very smooth touch. The latex gloves are highly preferred in most of the medical procedures due to its advantages and low cost. However, the growing incidence of latex allergies has resulted in the growing adoption of synthetic gloves among medical professionals, thereby helping the synthetic gloves segment gain significant share in the coming years.
Powder-free Gloves to Hold Leading Position in the Market
Based on category, the market for Disposable Medical Gloves is divided into powdered and powder free gloves. The powder-free gloves segment dominates the market owing to the ban on the use of powdered latex gloves by the U.S. FDA due to growing incidences of asthma, other respiratory conditions, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, granuloma formation and peritoneal adhesions among the patients undergoing surgeries with use of powdered gloves. Further, the powder can carry natural latex proteins into the bloodstream (especially if wet) leading to exacerbation of latex allergies. In January 2017, FDA banned the use powdered gloves in public health sector (both surgical and patient examination gloves) because of the risks associated with it.
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Hospitals and Clinics Segment to Hold Highest Share during the Forecast Period
Based on end users, the market is segmented into hospitals & clinics, diagnostic or pathology labs, dental clinics, and others. Among them, the hospitals & Clinics segment is likely to hold the dominant share and poised to expand at significant rate during the forecast period. This dominance is attributable to the growing number of public and private hospitals in emerging nations such as China and India. Additionally, strategic collaboration between key players and many hospitals and consolidating healthcare facilities will also drive the global market. For instance, according to a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association in 2019, it is estimated that the number of hospitals increased by 700 in the United States, among which, 400 are community hospitals. An increase in diagnostic and pathology labs and growing number of medical practitioners are fueling the demand for disposable medical gloves.
North America Disposable Medical Gloves Market Size, 2016-2027 (USD Billion)
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North America generated a revenue of USD 2.26 billion in 2019 and will continue dominance during the forecast period. This is owing to the rising awareness about prevention of healthcare associated infections, and the growing demand for high quality polyisoprene gloves for surgeries. Moreover, stringent guidelines imposed on the use of infection protection devices by the regulatory agencies in countries such as the U.S. and Canada plays a crucial role in the regional market.
Europe is anticipated to hold the second largest share owing to the high consumption of medical disposable gloves in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and others. According to Hartlega Holdings Bhd, Netherlands is the highest per capita glove consuming country with a per capita consumption of 276 pieces followed by Denmark and Germany which consumes per capita 259 and 208 gloves respectively.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth across the region. The market for disposable medical gloves in the emerging countries such as India, China, and Bangladesh will be driven by the growing adoption of nitrile gloves for examination. This is attributable to their puncture resistance, and the reduction in the cost of nitrile gloves making it affordable and an alternative option for people with latex allergies. The Middle East and Africa will have high growth in the market due to increasing healthcare awareness and expenditure.
Innovations in Glove Manufacturing Technologies and Increasing Production Capacity to Drive Growth
The global medical gloves industry is dominated by Malaysian suppliers such as Top Glove Corporation, Hartlega Holdings Bhd, and others. These companies account for more than 63% of the total supply of rubber gloves owing to availability of natural rubber latex in this region. For instance, in January 2019, Top Glove Corporation Bhd announced the launch of its newest medical glove, the BioGreen Biodegradable Nitrile Gloves (Powder-Free). However, the surgical gloves segment is dominated by MNCs like Ansell, Cardinal Health, and Mölnlycke Health Care AB, among others. The market is consolidated with a few players holding the largest disposable medical gloves market share. The global demand for rubber gloves is growing at average growth rate of 8-10% per annum.
Leading players in the market are focusing on the expansion of production capacities, investment in the nitrile glove production and distribution, research and development on finding alternatives to powdered latex gloves, and strategic partnerships with local distributors to establish global footprints.
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The disposable medical gloves market report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the market at global as well as regional level along with the detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in this market.
Moreover, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the global market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are the price trend analysis, recent industry developments in the market, such as mergers & acquisitions, healthcare industry overview by key countries, and overview of latex allergy along with competitive landscape and company profiles.
Value (USD Billion)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global disposable medical gloves market was valued at US$ 5.95 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 14.03 billion by 2027.
Growing at a CAGR of 10.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period.
In terms of value, the surgical gloves segment is expected to be the leading segment in market during the forecast period.
Technological advancements, healthcare awareness, rise in healthcare expenditure, increasing number of surgeries performed, and growing adoption of high cost synthetic gloves in emerging regions are likely to drive the global market
Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Cardinal Health, Elite Surgical, Ansell Ltd, and Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, are the top players in the market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in the market.
A shift in the demand from latex gloves to synthetic gloves, growing adoption of powder free gloves, and increasing strategic mergers and acquisitions among leading players are the market trends.
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