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Nitrile Gloves - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 5027968
  • Report
  • February 2022
  • Region: Global
  • 625 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • 3M Company
  • Ansell Ltd.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Nitriflex

Global Nitrile Gloves Market to Reach $57.1 Billion by 2026


Nitrile gloves are among the most preferred disposable glove options, offering the benefits of latex such as strength, durability, and flexibility, without risks involving latex allergy. The gloves find widespread usage in all industries globally; being used for providing protection and safety for industry workers as well as materials that are handled. These gloves, manufactured from synthetic rubber offer safe, reliable, and stain resistant solutions for end users. Nitrile gloves are puncture-resistant, friction less, with a long shelf life in comparison to latex gloves and are ensure protection from a wide range of hazardous viruses and chemicals. Being rupture-resistant, they are used in laboratories for providing high durability and barrier protection. Offered in both powdered and non-powdered versions, nitrile gloves have gained notable acceptance on the expense of powdered latex gloves over the last several years. Nitrile represents a chemical compound based on carbon and triple-bonded nitrogen, which is commonly used for making different types of gloves, mainly disposable thin nitrile gloves. While nitrile is comparable to latex, it holds certain advantages that make nitrile gloves an effective alternative to powdered latex gloves. Nitrile represents a synthetic rubber that offers a desirable material for gloves due to its superior chemical resistance and elasticity. Nitrile gloves score high in terms of fit, wearing comfort, elasticity and tear resistance. Nitrile gloves exhibit high resistance to different types of oils and chemicals as well as present a suitable option for individuals with allergy to latex. Nitrile gloves hold several merits over nature rubber in terms of strength and durability along with resistance to oils, acids and chemicals.

Based on their inherent properties, nitrile-based gloves are widely used to handle chemicals in laboratories and perform surgical procedures. In addition, the nitrile gloves market is gaining from increasing shift of healthcare professionals from latex towards nitrile gloves due to allergy concerns associated with latex gloves. The market received a considerable push from the COVID-19 outbreak that created exponential demand for nitrile gloves. Infection risk and implementation of strict hygiene protocols established nitriles gloves as a compelling option as these gloves play an important role in preventing spread of the infection while keeping laboratory and medical procedures sanitary.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Nitrile Gloves estimated at US$14.1 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$57.1 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 23.3% over the analysis period. Powder-Free, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 24.8% CAGR to reach US$59.9 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Powdered segment is readjusted to a revised -2.8% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 9.6% share of the global Nitrile Gloves market.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $11.4 Billion in 2021, While China is Forecast to Reach $13.6 Billion by 2026


The Nitrile Gloves market in the U.S. is estimated at US$11.4 Billion in the year 2021. The country currently accounts for a 33.58% share in the global market. China, the world second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$13.6 Billion in the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 29.1% through the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 18.3% and 22.7% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 20.2% CAGR while Rest of European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$14.8 Billion by the close of the analysis period.

The pandemic has led to remarkable spike in personal protective equipment demand from the healthcare industry and the general public. The scenario made it extremely challenging for manufacturers and other businesses to maintain desirable stock for ensuring employee safety. While the initial focus was on notable shortage of N95 masks, the short supply and escalating unit prices of nitrile gloves emerged as major concerns. Majority of hospitals and healthcare facilities were left struggling with shortage of medical-grade gloves rather than protective gowns and face masks. While significant shortages of essential items such as face masks, respirators and disinfecting wipes led to safety concerns, the sudden drop in availability of nitrile gloves remains a formidable challenge for healthcare facilities that rely heavily on these gloves owing to their high durability along with puncture- and chemical-resistant nature.

Disposable nitrile gloves experienced a dramatic incline in global demand amid COVID-19 that grew three-fold in 2020. The incredible increase in demand was witnessed over a short span due to high use by healthcare professionals and the implementation of strict hygiene protocols. In addition, various health systems and government entities started stockpiling for dealing with another wave of the pandemic. Majority of healthcare facilities globally reported notable drop in supply of medical-grade gloves. While global demand associated with nitrile gloves touched the 500 billion plus mark in 2020, manufacturers were able to product just 370 billion units. Meanwhile, the nitrile gloves market also faced supply challenges as pandemic disrupted production at various facilities.

Various health organizations and hospitals failed to ensure adequate supply of gloves for medical use. The scenario resulted in national shortage of medical-grade gloves in various countries, which coerced medical professionals to reuse disposable gloves. The nitrile gloves demand is likely to remain unabated in the coming months. In addition, the short supply of nitrile gloves also affected the manufacturing along with other industries. Nitrile gloves are considered as critical safety product for various industrial activities that demand hand protection. The global supply chain for nitrile gloves continues to experience tremendous strain owing to inflated demand coupled with drastically low supply of the personal protective equipment. While nitrile glove manufacturers are working at their full capacity, the supply has been unable to match the demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The gap is affecting a large number of end-users, including healthcare professionals and other industrial users.

In addition, there is stark shortage of nitrile gloves across various US states, indicating significant mismatch between demand and supply. The global demand for nitrite gloves is anticipated to remain unabated in the coming months on account of increasing need for protection to healthcare professionals as well as general public and workers across different industry verticals. Furthermore, the announcement of COVID-19 vaccination programs across different countries is poised to provide a significant impetus to global demand for these gloves. Healthcare and government organizations conducting these vaccination programs are required to ensure sufficient availability of nitrile gloves for medical professionals intended to administer the COVID-19 to people for desirable hand hygiene and protection.

By End-Use, Healthcare Segment to Reach $48.9 Billion by 2026


Global market for Healthcare (End-Use) segment is estimated at US$10.3 Billion in 2020, and is projected to reach US$48.9 Billion by 2026 reflecting a compounded annual growth rate of 26.1% over the analysis period. The United States constitutes the largest regional market for Healthcare segment, accounting for 31.9% of the global sales in 2020. China is poised to register the fastest compounded annual growth rate of 31.1% over the analysis period, to reach US$13.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period.

Select Competitors (Total 190 Featured) -

  • 3M Company
  • Ansell Ltd.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Nitriflex
  • Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Top Glove Corporation Berhad
  • United Glove Inc.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • 3M Company
  • Ansell Ltd.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Nitriflex

I. METHODOLOGY


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. MARKET OVERVIEW

  • Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession
  • 2020: A Year of Disruption & Transformation
  • As the Race between the Virus & Vaccines Intensifies, Where is the World Economy Headed in 2021?
  • World Economic Growth Projections (Real GDP, Annual % Change) for 2020 through 2022
  • Global Nitrile Gloves Market Witnesses Exponential Demand amid COVID-19 Crisis
  • Industry Faces a Staggering Demand-Supply Gap
  • Factors Responsible for Unwavering Demand
  • Reasons for Supply Shortage
  • Nitrile Gloves Shortage and Production Challenges in the US
  • Nitrile Gloves - Global Key Competitors Percentage Market Share in 2022 (E)
  • Competitive Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial for Players Worldwide in 2022 (E)
  • Nitrile Gloves: A Prelude
  • Nitrile Gloves Enjoy Increasing Uptake on Expense of Powdered Latex Gloves
  • Synthetic Materials and Their Forte in a Nutshell
  • Outlook
  • Factors Hampering Growth
  • Powder Free Gloves Register Strong Growth
  • Healthcare Segment Witnesses Rapid Growth
  • Developing Countries Hotspots for Future Growth
  • Global Production Landscape
  • Global Nitrile Gloves Production Breakdown (in %) by Country: 2020
  • Manufacturers Ramp Up Production Capacity to Meet Surging Demand for Nitrile Gloves
  • Competition
  • Nitrile Gloves Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2020
  • Top Glove New Capacity Additions for Gloves Production: 2021-2024 (in billion pieces)
  • Top Glove Corporation’s Glove Product Mix (FY 2020): Breakdown of Sales Revenue by Product Type
  • Hartalega’s NGC Project: Capacity and Timelines
  • Recent Market Activity
  • World Brands

2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS

3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS

  • Nitrile Glove Frenzy & Skyrocketing Prices: A Lucrative Opportunity for Suppliers
  • Nitrile Price Trends in US$/Kg: Jan 2018-Jan 2021
  • Focus on Hand Hygiene to Curb Rising Incidence of Hospital Acquired Infections Propels Market Growth
  • Leading Nosocomial Infections in the US: Percentage Breakdown of Healthcare Cost from Leading Five Infections
  • Spectrum of Salient Drivers Augmenting Growth of Medical Nitrile Gloves Market
  • Rising Cases of Chronic Wounds
  • Prevalence of Chronic Wounds: Select Statistics
  • Increasing Number of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeries
  • Total Number of Surgical Procedures Performed across the Globe by Plastic Surgeons (2018)
  • Rise in Number of Diagnostic Laboratories Spurs Demand for Medical Gloves
  • Vinyl Hybrid Gloves Gain Traction
  • Rise in Adoption of Textured Nitrile Gloves
  • Growth in the Food Processing Sector and Emphasis on Food Safety Augurs Well for Nitrile Gloves Market
  • Global Processed Foods Market Revenues (in $ Billion) for the Years 2019, 2022 and 2025
  • Rising Importance of Hand Protection Supports Demand for Protective Gloves in the Industrial Sector
  • EXHIBIT : Untapped Potential in Asia as Measured by Lower Per Capita Glove Usage, Throws the Region into the Spotlight as the Focal Point for Future Growth in the Protective Gloves Market: Per Capita Glove Usage (In Pcs) by Select Country/Region
  • Workplace Safety Requirements Spur Demand
  • Annual Workplace and Work Related Fatalities (in Thousands) by Region
  • Nitrile Gloves Find Broader Uptake in Automotive Industry
  • World Automobile Production in Million Units: 2008-2022
  • Industry Witnesses Increased Demand for Micro-Roughened Nitrile Gloves
  • Companies Explore the Recycling of Medical Gloves
  • Manufacturers Focus on Biodegradable Gloves and Other Innovations
  • Select Innovations
  • Counterfeit Gloves Entering the Supply Chain Form a Major issue

4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE


III. MARKET ANALYSIS

UNITED STATES

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in the United States for 2022 (E)
  • Market Overview
  • Growing Focus on Infection Prevention Spurs Usage
  • Hospital Infections, the Unsuspected Killer & Neglected Healthcare Cost Driver: Cost of HAIs in the U.S (In US$ Billion)
  • US Imports of Medical Nitrile Single Gloves in Billion Pieces: July 2020-February 2021
  • US Breakdown of Imports of Medical Nitrile Single Gloves by Country of Origin: February 2021

CANADA

JAPAN

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Japan for 2022 (E)
  • Market Overview

CHINA

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in China for 2022 (E)
  • Market Overview

EUROPE

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Europe for 2022 (E)

FRANCE

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in France for 2022 (E)

GERMANY

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Germany for 2022 (E)

ITALY

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in the United Kingdom for 2022 (E)

SPAIN


RUSSIA


REST OF EUROPE

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Asia-Pacific for 2022 (E)
  • Market Overview
  • Malaysia Accounts for Lion’s Share of Production

AUSTRALIA

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Australia for 2022 (E)

INDIA

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in India for 2022 (E)
  • Market Overview

SOUTH KOREA

REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Malysia
  • Malaysia Glove Exports: Volume Breakdown (in%) by Type for 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020

LATIN AMERICA

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Latin America for 2022 (E)

ARGENTINA


BRAZIL


MEXICO


REST OF LATIN AMERICA

MIDDLE EAST

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Middle East for 2022 (E)

IRAN


ISRAEL


SAUDI ARABIA


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


REST OF MIDDLE EAST

AFRICA

  • Nitrile Gloves Market Presence - Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial - Key Competitors in Africa for 2022 (E)

IV. COMPETITION

  • Total Companies Profiled: 190
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • 3M Company
  • Ansell Ltd.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Nitriflex
  • Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Top Glove Corporation Berhad
  • United Glove Inc.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown