Sales of Disposable Medical Gloves Shot up with Arrival of COVID-19 Outbreak
While the world of medicine and healthcare has been employing disposable gloves, as well as protective masks over the years, the onset of global COVID-19 pandemic became an overnight booster to demand for disposable medical gloves worldwide. Sudden rise in the need for effective personal protection equipment (PPE) across healthcare industry is majorly attributable to the emerging health concerns related to COVID-19 pandemic. Higher levels of safety awareness have prompted improved usage of medical gloves, and other protective gears since the outbreak has held a massive impact on industries, both commercial and non-commercial, worldwide. Growing significance of personal hygiene, and rising attention of healthcare and medical professionals around using proper PPE while at work will continue to create an unprecedented opportunity for disposable medical gloves market participants.
Growing Hygiene Standards to Push Disposable Medical Gloves Market Momentum Upward
Rapid progress in global healthcare infrastructure in terms of quality, and safety norms has led to the implementation of stricter hygiene standards. As this trend continues, Fairfield Market Research predicts that it will positively impact the demand of disposable medical gloves. Furthermore, the thriving trend of double gloving to avoid early wear and tear has significantly given the disposable medical gloves market a shot in the arm. On the flip side, highly competitive prices of gloves are likely to hamper the long-term growth of disposable medical gloves market. An increasing number of users are also considering the growing ecological impact associated with the disposal of these gloves, which remains a limiting factor facing disposable medical gloves market in the long run.
Powder-free Gloves Preferred over Powdered Gloves
There has been a paradigm shift towards powder-free gloves from powdered gloves in the global disposable medical gloves market. The number of health risks associated with the latter such as skin allergies have caused a significant reduction in the usage of powdered gloves. Post the FDA’s notification of 2016, powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove have been banned. Some other trends likely to be dictating the performance of disposable medical gloves market, include the ascending usage of moisturising agents for stress-free pull on, antimicrobial glove technology, and manufacturing of textured gloves to aid the grip of gloves.
Surgical Gloves to Outnumber Examination Gloves in Terms of Revenue
In terms of value, surgical gloves dominated global disposable medical gloves market in 2019. Though sales volume of examination gloves remains higher than surgical gloves, the latter is expected to dominate in terms of revenue owing to a higher price band. In terms of revenue growth rate, examination gloves are anticipated to register the highest growth till 2025 as the world reassesses its safety, and hygiene standards. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the prime contributor to this burgeoning sentiment.
Material-wise, vinyl held the largest revenue share in 2019 attributing to the material’s skin allergy-free nature. Natural rubber stood the second most preferred material in 2019 in terms of revenue. Nitrile is likely to exhibit the most promising demand growth rate till the end of 2025. Nitrile-based gloves are preferred to prevent contamination due to exposure to common blood borne pathogens (BBPs) such as HIV, HBV, and HCV. Higher durability, and barrier protection will continue to push sales of nitrile-based gloves. Hospitals remain the key end user category.
Demand for Polyisoprene Gloves on Rise in North America
North America alongside Europe is leading in terms of market revenue owing to the increasing healthcare expenditure, and growing consumer awareness. There are stringent guidelines imposed by regulating authorities in these developed markets with regards to usage of infection protection devices. There has been a significant increase in demand for high-quality polyisoprene gloves for surgical procedures in the US, and Canada. Asia Pacific is estimated to be the fastest-growing regional market over the forecast period on account of the growing adoption of low-cost alternatives such as nitrile gloves over natural rubber.
Malaysia: House of Disposable Medical Gloves Suppliers
Malaysian companies like Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Malaysia), and Hartalega Holdings Bhd (Malaysia) dominates global disposable medical gloves market on account of greater availability of natural rubber latex in the region. However, surgical gloves continue to be dominated by global players like Ansell Ltd. (Australia), and Cardinal Health (US). To mitigate the unprecedented surge in demand due to COVID-19 outbreak, major market participants are adopting varied growth strategies such as inorganic collaborations and scaling-up production capacities. Some of other leading players in disposable medical gloves market, include Mckesson Corporation (U.S.), Medline Industries, Inc. (U.S.), Dynarex Corporation (U.S.), Semperit AG Holding (Austria), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.), Supermax Corporation Berhad (Malaysia), Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd. (Malaysia), and Mölnlycke Health Care AB (Sweden).
The disposable medical gloves market is segmented as below:
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market
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