Global Medical Gloves Market: Trends, Size, Growth, Analysis and Forecasts 2022-2028

According to Renub Research’s latest report, “Medical Gloves Market, Global Forecast 2023-2027, Industry Trends, Growth, Impact of Inflation, Opportunity Company Analysis” Global market for medical gloves estimated to reach 19.30 billion US dollars by 2027. A medical glove is disposable and reusable and includes examination gloves, surgical gloves and medical gloves for handling chemotherapy agents (chemotherapy gloves). The FDA controls these gloves as Class I reserved medical devices that require a 510(k) advance notification. The FDA analyzes these devices to ensure that performance criteria, namely leak resistance, tear resistance and biocompatibility, are met. It is used during medical examinations and procedures to help avoid cross-contamination between healthcare professionals and patients and prevent the spread of disease or infections. Medical gloves are made from various polymers, including latex, nitrile rubber, polyvinyl chloride, and neoprene; they come unpowered or powdered with cornstarch to lubricate the gloves, making them easier to put on your hands.

Due to the increasing prevalence of various chronic diseases and significant advancements related to medical gloves, it is expected to generate massive growth opportunities in the market. The availability of an advanced range of medical gloves for treatment, examination and surgical procedures contributes to the revenue of the medical gloves market. In developing countries, the prevalence of infectious diseases has long been the leading cause of mortality and morbidity. The increasing demand for medical surgical procedures, especially cosmetic surgery, and China’s booming medical tourism industry are driving the medical glove industry.

Medical gloves are personal protective equipment intended to prevent the spread of infection and contamination during patient examination and medical procedures. These gloves act as a barrier, protecting against bacterial or fungal infection and protecting against hazardous chemicals. Additionally, several nations’ initiatives to increase healthcare spending and develop infrastructure have proved decisively beneficial to the medical gloves market. As a result, further encouraging government initiatives to raise awareness of safety and hygiene along with chronic disease conditions is expected to have a positive outcome.

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The stiff pricing of several market players for gloves of the same quality has lowered the market value among customers, hindering their adoption rate, especially in emerging markets. On the other hand, exposure to COVID-19 is driving the demand for medical gloves for more healthcare operations. This comes from adopting competitive evaluation strategies of multiple market players for customer acquisition.

COVID-19 boosted the medical glove industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected the medical glove industry as it has given rise to an unexpected increase in demand for medical supplies. As a result, the healthcare industry is generating huge demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as medical gloves, to protect patients and frontline healthcare workers from transmission of the virus during medical examinations and treatment. Moreover, the growing pool of patients has resulted in a significant increase in the number of suppliers of these products.

Improvements in medical gloves have increased treatment compliance and positively promoted the use of medical gloves. Still, as the frequency of Covid-19 declined, demand for personal protective equipment fell in 2022, resulting in pre-pandemic demand levels for medical gloves. Therefore, implementation of strategies to minimize infections and other risks during the COVID-19 pandemic increased the demand for medical gloves and is expected to positively lift the business growth in the coming years.

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Guidelines and standards proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) included demanding use of medical gloves for all healthcare procedures including examinations, surgical procedures, routine checkups, tests, etc. This arose in high demand for medical gloves in 2020 to protect patients and doctors from cross-contamination of the disease.

Raw materials: Nitrile gloves dominate the market share

Based on raw material, nitrile gloves dominate the market share during the forecast period 2027 due to increasing use by healthcare professionals. Therefore, the raw material market was segmented into latex gloves. In addition, nitrile gloves are commonly used in chemistry laboratories and other industrial environments. They are suitable for handling corrosive acids, bases and many organic solvents. They are also famous for general cooking because they resist odors and stains. In addition, comfort and elastic feel, as well as improved protection against chemicals, have been tested for resistance to certain chemicals and chemotherapy drugs.

Sterility: Non-sterile gloves have the largest market revenue

Based on sterility, the global medical gloves market was categorized into two types: sterile and non-sterile gloves. Non-sterile gloves account for the largest market revenue during the forecast period of 2027 due to rapid use in hospitals and clinics and have minimal risk of infections and can be reused multiple times compared to sterile gloves. Non-sterile gloves provide various advantages, including aseptic procedures such as contact with mucous membranes, body secretions, secretions, blood, body fluids and even surfaces contaminated with body fluids.

Form: Non-Powdered has the largest market turnover

Based on the form, Non-Powdered has the largest market revenue in 2021 due to increasing demand for healthcare professionals. In addition, such gloves are more skin-friendly and far more robust. In addition, non-powdered gloves offer precise control, better accessibility during patient examination and resistance to temperature changes. To reduce vulnerability to natural latex proteins, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently issued a safety notice warning about the use of powder-free gloves and the reduction of allergens caused by protein latex gloves.

Application: Surgical gloves have the largest market share

Application-type surgical gloves held the largest market share due to worn by doctors and healthcare workers and were specially designed and direct contact with harmful objects. The primary purpose of surgical gloves is to act as a protective barrier to prevent the possible transmission of diseases between healthcare workers and patients during surgical procedures, and wearing gloves protects against skin absorption of chemicals, chemical burns, thermal burns, lacerations, and cryogenic fluid exposure. However, choosing the appropriate hand protection can be challenging in a laboratory environment.

End users: The hospital has the maximum market share

End-users classified the market into hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery, diagnostic centers, and others. The hospital holds the maximum market share during the forecast period of 2027 due to increasing patient admissions in clinics, examination procedures, and demand for advanced technological advancements in the hospital sector.

Regions: North America dominates the medical gloves industry

Geographically, the medical gloves market was segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the largest market share during the reporting period of 2021 due to increasing demand for disposable gloves, awareness among the general population about safety and hygiene, powder-free gloves, and other factors driving the growth of this market. Europe is expected to have the maximum market revenue in FY 2021 due to advanced healthcare infrastructure and increasing number of patients.

Analysis of key players

Some major key players operating in the medical gloves industry include Cardinal Health Inc., Honeywell International Inc., 3M Company, Ansell Limited, Simpered AG Holdings, Koss a Rubber Industries BHD, Hartalega Holdings Berthed, and Care Plus Group Berthed.

  • In July 2021, hospital supply group Premier Inc. announced and Honeywell International that they would release a new venture that would effectively manufacture 750 million nitrile exam gloves in the United States within the year.
  • In March 2021, Hartalega Holdings Berhad acquired land in Kedah from Northern Gateway Free Zone Sdn Bhd of 250 acres for US$55.4 million to expand its glove manufacturing.

Raw Material – Breakdown of the Medical Gloves Market from 5 Views:

  1. Latex gloves
  2. Nitrile gloves
  3. Vinyl gloves
  4. Neoprene gloves
  5. Others

Sterility – Medical Glove Market Split from 2 Views:

  1. Sterile gloves
  2. Non-sterile gloves

Shape – Medical Glove Market Breakdown from 2 Views:

  1. Powder form
  2. Non-powdered form

Application – Medical Glove Market split from 2 views:

  1. Examination gloves
  2. Surgical gloves

End User- Medical Glove Market Breakdown from 5 Views:

  1. Hospital
  2. Clinical
  3. Ambulatory surgery.
  4. Diagnostic center
  5. Others

Business Analysis:

  1. Cardinal Health Inc.
  2. Honeywell International Inc.
  3. 3M company
  4. Ansell Limited
  5. Semperit AG Holdings
  6. Kossan Rubber Industries BHD
  7. Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  8. Care plus Group Berhad

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