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Medical Gloves Market: Information by Material (Latex), Application (Examination), Usage (Disposable),Distribution (E-commerce), End-use (Clinics), and Regions—Forecast till 2029

Market Snapshot
Study Period:
Base Year:
Fastest Growing Market:
Asia Pacific
Largest Market:
North America
7.5 %
Key Players
Ansell Healthcare LLC

McKesson Corporation

Medline Industries Inc.

Dynarex Corporation

Top Glove Corporation Berhad

The global medical gloves marketwas valued at USD 7200 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at 7.5% CAGR during the forecast period.

Medical gloves are disposable sterile gloves, included in personal protective equipment (PPE), and used in and during a wide number of medical procedures. There is a rise in the number of end-points where medical gloves have been used globally due to several factors. These gloves protect against cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens, infectious agents, and germs during medical tests and procedures. Furthermore, they are intended for singleusage, therefore minimizing the possibility of contamination.

Increasing Concerns about Safety and Sanitation Have Driven the Market Significantly

The rate of medical gloves consumption has increased exponentially over the past few years due to risingconcerns among patients and medical practitioners about personal hygiene and safety concerns. The medical practitioners and professionals are at high risk of exposure to infectious agents and patients and are most likely to develop hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). According to a statistical report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.7 million infections and over 99,000 deaths are associated with such HAIs in American hospitals. Therefore, more and more involved personnel are using required PPE such as medical gloves extensively, thus driving the market with higher demands.

Further, increasing stringency from the regulatory and supervising bodies regarding these medical gloves has been another major driving force for the market.These strict regulations are aimed to decrease the chances of cross-contamination among patients and medical professionals and vice versa, as well as between patients.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using medical gloves during all patient-care activities that may involve exposure to anybody's fluid (including contact with mucous membrane and non-intact skin) during contact situations.

COVID-19 Outbreak Has Boosted the Market towards the Huge Capital Inflow

The growing importance of these medical gloves and PPE in the healthcare industry, influenced during emerging healthcare threats like the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to drive the medical gloves market's demandover the forecast period. As mentioned, the outbreak has surged the market demand for medical gloves. For instance, according to WHO's recent updates, there has been roughly 33 million cases worldwide and an estimate of 1 million death. The outbreak has triggered a higher rate of medical gloves for the common man's health and safety.

Further, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have recently publishedreleases to spread awareness and regulate the proper use of these gloves both in the hospitals and clinics and in the society.The aforementioned factors are, in turn, expected to drive the market further during the forecast period as more and more people now express concerns about safety and hygiene.

Further, to tackle the outbreak and the huge volume of patients in different regions worldwide, an increasing number of healthcare facilities and hospitals have been setup. The growing number of hospitals has been a driving force since before the pandemic due to the growing prevalence of acute and chronic diseases worldwide. These factors have further driven market growth and are expected to do so during the analysis time frame.

Global Medical Gloves Market: Segmentation

The Vinyl Gloves Segment Can Be Accounted for the Largest Revenue Share

The vinyl material segment is accounted for the largest revenue share of the market globally and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period, most likely.This is because vinyl gloves have major advantages in user comfort compared to other product segments in the market.  Vinyl gloves are free of latex in composition,which is beneficial to product consumption as they do not cause any skin allergies or reactions.Moreover, these products are soft and comfortable to wear, and cost-effective, which acts as a major factor since most of these products are single-use.

It is estimated that the second-largest category is natural rubber (Latex) gloves.These gloves are tactile, so they are highly favored in sensitive applications, such as surgical procedures and operations.Furthermore, they are versatile and easy to wear and are suitable for handling biological or water-based materials. However, they can cause skin allergies and reactions to specific individuals that restrict growth.

The segment of nitrile material is expected to record the fastest growth over the projected forecast period.Nitrile-based products are commonly favored in conditions where exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other pollutants is a primary concern and provide strong puncture resistance, excellent barrier safety, and durability.

Medical Gloves Used in Examination Leads the Market in Global Share

The examination application segment leads the globalmarket share and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Disposable gloves made using vinyl or latex are generally used for general medical procedures, which are non-invasive in nature, such as physical examination of patients.The infection spread through physical contact is one of the primary causes of Hospital Acquired Infections in the healthcare domain. Medical professionals like doctors, nurses, caretakers, and otherhealthcare professionals have resorted to using glovesto protect themselves from contamination while attending to patients.

The surgical application segment is anticipated to attain the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. This is majorly due to rising chronic diseases worldwide, including cardiovascular diseases and cancer, which often require medical surgeries for the treatment. These aforementioned factors are expected to boost product demand in surgical applications.

Hospitals Can Be Accounted for the Highest Consumption Owing to Extensive Usage at Different Levels

The hospitals' end-user segment accounted for the highest revenue share and is anticipated to maintain its dominant position over the forecast period. Theseglovesare widely used in hospitals by surgeons, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers for numerous purposes. Also, a high prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) such as surgical site infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and bloodstream infection has been a major concern for the management in these facilities. Thus, this is expected to boost the consumption of these products in hospitals. Moreover, the rising geriatric population,accompanied byincreasingchronic health disorders, is expected to spur these market products' demand.

Additionally, the growing number of hospitals worldwide is also expected to influence market growth. For instance, according to a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association in 2019, approximately 700 hospitals were opened to the public for use in the United States in the given year.

The care facilities segment is anticipated to register an impressive CAGR during the forecast period. As they are the first contact with undiagnosed illnesses and symptoms, doctors at primary care facilities or OPD have a greater risk of infection.Thus, the segment's growth is projected to be driven by a high number of people visiting primary care facilities for consultation purposes.

Regional Overview

North America Dominates the Global Medical Gloves Market

North America dominates the medical gloves market, with the U.S. accounted major market share. This global dominance can beattributed to several factors like improved and growing hospital infrastructure; rising incidences of various acute and chronic diseases, and major players involved in the medical gloves market that give the region significant advantages. Additionally, the North American region is anticipated to witness a high CAGR progressionthroughout the forecast period.

Besides, several additional factors are expected to drive regional market growth, including the region's well-built and advanced healthcare infrastructure, stringency in government regulations, and increased public awareness.Besides, growing health issues are expected to fuel demand for healthcare services due to unhealthy lifestyles, thereby benefiting market development.

APAC Region Segment of the Medical Gloves Market Is Poised to Grow at the Highest CAGR during the Forecast Period

The APAC region market is expected to garner a major boost in the growth rate during the forecast period due to improving healthcare infrastructure and rising awareness about the safety and hygiene among people in the region. Moreover, the COVID-19 outbreak in China has boosted the consumption ratio for medical gloves in the region significantly. For instance, according to reports from the WHO, China and India are two countries with the most confirmed COVID positive cases. Thus, the market is rising significantly in these regions. 

Another factor driving its growth is the growing attention of prominent players on the Asian market for medical gloves.Besides, developing countries such as India and China provide manufacturers of medical gloves with enormous growth opportunities.In emerging countries, the developing healthcare industry is boosting the growth of these disposable gloves.

Key Players

  • Ansell Healthcare LLC (U.S.)
  • McKesson Corporation (U.S.)
  • Medline Industries, Inc. (U.S.)
  • Dynarex Corporation (U.S.)
  • Top Glove Corporation Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Semperit AG Holding (Austria)
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.)
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Cardinal Health, Inc. (U.S.)

Recent Developments

  • In May 2020, Healthium MedTech, one of India's most prominent medical device companies, launched an anti-microbial gloves TruShieldwhich is made from a patented technology using a quaternary ammonium compound that,according to the company estimates, provides 99.99% protection for users up to eight hours.
  • To help expand the availability of medical gloves during the times of COVID-19, the U.S. FDA is providing regulatory flexibility, as described in the enforcement policy for gloves, that is aimed to be beneficial duringa public health emergency.

Global Medical Gloves Market: Segmentation

  • By Product Material

    • Latex Gloves
    • Nitrile Gloves
    • Vinyl Gloves
    • Neoprene Gloves
    • Others
  • By Application

    • Examination Gloves
    • Surgical Gloves
  • By Form

    • Powder-free Gloves
    • Powdered Gloves
  • By Usage

    • Disposable Gloves
    • Reusable Gloves
  • By Sterility

    • Sterile Gloves
    • Non-sterile Gloves
  • By End-user

    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
    • Diagnostic Centers
    • Others
  • Regions

    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Central and South America and the Caribbean
    • The Middle East and Africa
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