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Latex Gloves Market Size

ID: MRFR//8646-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| June 2024

The rubber glove market is a vital part of the medical and industrial glove industries. It is influenced by a number of factors that cause its growth and change. Latex gloves are flexible, comfortable, and effective in keeping germs away. There is wide usage of them in the medical field, laboratory settings, as well as industrial environments. Changes include healthcare industry trends, workplace safety regulations, availability of raw materials and global health crises.

Healthcare business changes have a big impact on how the market for rubber gloves works. The healthcare industry which includes hospitals, clinics and testing laboratories is growing and changing thus increasing the demand for rubber gloves. As cleanliness standards rise and healthcare methods improve there is a greater need for high-quality disposable gloves especially made of rubber. To cater to these changes in trends, the market has produced many kinds of rubber gloves that would suit perfectly for use in healthcare.

The price and supply of raw materials have a big effect on the market for rubber gloves. One key element found in latex gloves is latex itself obtained from trees called “rubber trees”. Price fluctuations in latex costs could influence production expenses while problems faced within flexible supply chains alongside natural phenomena impacting upon latex farming can affect manufacturers’ abilities to cost products appropriately and maintain sufficient supplies needed always when turning raw material into finished goods like gloves itself.As such, concerns about allergenic rubbers and supply chain stability have created an opportunity for the market to explore other materials including synthetic gloves.

World health disasters, like the COVID-19 outbreak, have had a big effect on how the market for rubber gloves works. There are more awareness campaigns on good hygiene; there is high demand of personal safety equipment while more focus has been placed on preventing infections. All of these factors combined have led to an unprecedented demand for rubber gloves today as a result of which the market has increased output, come up with new designs for gloves and concentrated on meeting the urgent needs of healthcare workers and others in society. Of late people started wearing them due to pandemic which changed the nature of rubber glove business.

What people want and what they know about it also affects the rubber glove market. More people are looking for eco-friendly and long lasting goods therefore there is increased demand for rubber gloves that meet minimum environmental standards. Rubber glove makers use sustainable methods like sourcing out responsible suppliers of latex or packaging materials that do not harm ecosystems so as to change according to customer preferences.

Global Latex Gloves Market Overview

The latex gloves industry is projected to grow from USD 12785.93 Million in 2023 to USD 16712.50 million by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~3.9% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). The Latex Gloves Market size was valued at USD 12306.0 Million in 2022. Rise in awareness regarding hygiene, the introduction of biodegradable & cost-effective examination latex gloves by market players and several strict government regulations regarding disinfection are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.

Global Latex Gloves Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Latex Gloves Market Trends

The increasing rate of hospital visits is driving the market growth

Market CAGR for latex gloves is being driven by the improvement in healthcare structure in developing countries, and the awareness associated with medical facilities is also growing. This has resulted in a higher rate of hospital visits and surgeries. Furthermore, hospital visits in emerging and developed countries have also increased. For instance, the number of visits to the accident and emergency department (A&E) has increased constantly over the years in the U.K. According to a 2020 report by the National Health Service, the number has risen from 59,396 in 2013 to 70,230 in 2019. With this increasing rate, the need for medical gloves also increases.

Technological breakthroughs are the major trend gaining popularity in the latex glove market. Major companies operating in the latex gloves market are concentrating on technological breakthroughs to maintain their position in the latex glove market. For instance, in September 2021, Ansell, an Australia-based manufacturer of protecting industrial and medical gloves working in the market, established HyFlex gloves utilized in industrial residences to provide the wearer extra luxury and extraordinary talent. The palm-coated finish contains Fortix technology, an Ansell grip technology for improved grip, growing ease of handling and security when working with objects coated in or touched by oil.

The rising awareness of hygiene and safety among health professionals is a major factor driving the latex gloves market during the forecast period. An increase in the number of surgeries performed annually and a rise in patients also contribute to the demand for latex medical gloves. Besides, medical professionals at all levels use disposable gloves commonly for various medical procedures. Also, manufacturing procedures of medical devices and drugs involve a high level of hygiene and handling to prevent contamination. Thus, the rise in the usage of latex gloves by healthcare professionals is said to increase the latex gloves market revenue.

For instance, the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, frequently needing medical procedures and operations for treatment, is expected to boost the product demand in surgical applications. Surgical gloves have higher quality standards and are often used by surgeons and Operating Room (OR) nurses than examination gloves. These gloves are sterile and commonly used for surgical procedures as they have the exact size and are specially designed to provide great precision and tactile sensitivity, boosting market growth.

Latex Gloves Market Segment Insights

Latex Gloves Form Insights

The Latex Gloves Market segmentation, based on the form, includes powdered and non-powdered. The powdered segment dominated the market, accounting for 35% of market revenue (XX Billion). In developing economies, category growth is driven by stringent regulations on the usage of powdered gloves by several governments globally. However, non-powdered is the fastest-growing category due to its ability to fit tightly and offer protection against hazardous chemicals or physical contaminants. Cornstarch powder used in latex gloves will likely contribute to allergies or sensitivity.

Latex Gloves Sterile Type Insights

The Latex Gloves Market segmentation, based on sterile type, includes sterile and non-sterile. The non-sterile category generated the most income (70.4%) owing to the rapid usage of non-sterile gloves for diversified treatment and examination purposes in various hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, etc. However, sterile is the fastest-growing category due to the rise in demand and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

Latex Gloves Sterile End-User Insights

The Latex Gloves Market segmentation, based on end-user, includes hospitals & clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostics centers, rehabilitation centers, and others. The hospitals & clinics category generated the most income as increasing the adoption of latex gloves for several examination procedures in the hospitals has decreased the risk of cross-contamination, thereby increasing patient compliance. However, diagnostics centers are the fastest-growing category due to the increased acceptance of latex gloves among diagnostics centers.

Figure 1: Global Latex Gloves Market, by Sterile Type, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)Latex Gloves Market, by Sterile Type, 2022 & 2032Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Latex Gloves Regional Insights

By region, the study delivers market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. The North American latex gloves market will dominate this market, owing to an item of increasing healthcare expenditure, coupled with the growing elderly population and rising awareness about healthcare-acquired infections will boost the market growth in this region. Further, the German latex gloves market held the largest market share, and the UK latex gloves market was the fastest-growing market in the North American region.

Further, the prominent countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.

Figure 2: Latex Gloves Market Share By Region 2022 (USD Billion)Latex Gloves Market Share By Region 2022

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe latex gloves market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the increased importance of health and safety measures, a rise in the number of surgeries, and an increasing burden of infections such as hospital-acquired infections in the region. Further, the German latex gloves market held the largest market share, and the UK latex gloves market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.

The Asia-Pacific latex gloves market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is due to the presence of numerous government organizations mainly focused on improving infection control standards and the increasing demand for quality healthcare. Moreover, China’s latex gloves market held the largest market share, and the Indian latex gloves market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Latex Gloves Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the latex gloves market grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking numerous strategic activities to enhance their global footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the latex gloves industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics manufacturers use in the global latex gloves industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Latex Gloves industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the Latex Gloves market, including Ansell Healthcare (U.S.), Clean Q Grip (Malaysia), Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia), SHIELD Scientific (The Netherlands), Cardinal Health (U.S.), and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

Medline Industries LP manufactures and distributes healthcare supplies. The firm offers products under numerous categories, including gloves, textiles, skincare, protective apparel, durable medical equipment, gauze, packs and gowns, bathing systems, surgical trays, and advanced wound care. It serves various markets, including integrated delivery networks, surgery centers, acute care, long-term care, life sciences, emergency medical services, home health, managed care, hospice, physician office, assisted living, laundry, and consumer products. The company markets the products directly and through a network of distribution centers in North America and worldwide. In January 2020, Medline developed MĂ©di-SĂ©lect in Canada, a manufacturer of medical and dental supplies. This acquisition will support MĂ©di-SĂ©lect to acquire new consumers in the country, thereby enhancing revenue growth.

Ansell Limited provides health and safety protection solutions that improve lives across various industries. It creates, manufactures and markets a wide range of hand and arm protection solutions and hospital clothing. It also offers medical gloves and healthcare and industrial safety solutions. Ansell offers its products to healthcare professionals, patients, industrial workers and consumers. The company conducts research to develop innovative products. It has manufacturing and packaging facilities in various countries. In January 2021, Ansell Limited announced that it finalized the Primus brand purchase and relevant attributes comprising the Life Science division of Primus Gloves and Sanrea Healthcare Products.

Key Companies in the Latex Gloves market include

  • Ansell Healthcare (U.S.)

  • Clean Q Grip (Malaysia)

  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia)

  • SHIELD Scientific (The Netherlands)

  • Cardinal Health (U.S.)


  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Malaysia)

  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd (Malaysia)

  • Supermax Corporation Berhad (Malaysia)

  • Rubberex (Malaysia)

  • Valutek (U.S.)

  • G. Healthcare (Malaysia)

Latex Gloves Industry Developments

April 2022: The US Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) clearance to Showa Group for its biodegradable, single-use nitrile medical gloves. Nitrile butadiene latex is used to make these gloves.

December 2020: Ansell, an Australia-based company engaged in manufacturing protective industrial and medical gloves, acquired Primus gloves for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition aims to acquire the Primus brand and related assets that constitute the life science business belonging to Primus Gloves.

Latex Gloves Market Segmentation

Latex Gloves Form Outlook

  • Powdered

  • Non- Powdered

Latex Gloves Sterile Type Outlook

  • Sterile

  • Non-Sterile

Latex Gloves End-User Outlook

  • Hospitals & Clinics

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers

  • Diagnostics Centers

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Others

Latex Gloves Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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