Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Research Report—Global Forecast till 2027

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Growth, Trends and Insights by Type (Non-Powdered, Powdered), by Usage (Disposable, Reusable), by Application (Examination, Surgical), by Distribution Channel (Direct Selling, Medical Store), by End User (Hospitals & Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Rehabilitation Centers) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World)—Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/HC/8661-CR | August 2021 | Region: Global | 125 Pages         

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Medical Nitrile Gloves Market

The medical nitrile gloves market is expected to cross USD 5,897.81 million by 2027 at a CAGR of 8.50%.

By Type Non-Powdered Powdered
By Usage Disposable Reusable
By Application Examination Surgical) by Distribution Channel (Direct Selling Medical Store)
Key Players
Companies Profiled   Dynarex Corporation (US).    Shield Scientific B.V. (Netherland)    Mercator Medical S.A    (Poland)    Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia)   Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Malaysia)    Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd (KRI) (Malaysia)    Ansell Healthcare (US)    Medline Industries In (US)    3M (US)
Market Driving Forces   Rising incidence of COVID-19    Increasing demand and shortage of medical nitrile gloves    Refined feature as compared to other types
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Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Overview:

The medical nitrile gloves market is expected to cross USD 5,897.81 million by 2027 at a CAGR of 8.50%. Medical gloves are disposable gloves used during medical examinations and procedures to help reduce risk of cross-contamination between caregivers and patients.The key factors that drive the global medical nitrile gloves market are the rising incidences of COVID-19, growing demand for nitrile gloves globally and added benefits with better features as compared to other types of gloves. However, increasing availability counterfeit products is anticipated to hamper the market growth.

COVID-19 Analysis:

It is widely known that the healthcare industry is sensitive to economic changes, including recessions, natural calamities, and pandemics. Along with rising cases, the shortage of PPE has increased too, but the recent item that has suddenly decreased in supply is nitrile gloves. In a November report to Congressional committees, the US Government Accountability Office affirmed Mangia and Tighe’s concerns about the shortage of gloves. The report found the national stockpile of gloves dropped from 16.9 million in December 2019 to 2 million in October 2020.

Twice as many gloves were requested from Get Us PPE (US) in November as in October of 2020. Nitrile gloves are still a necessity for medical professionals, tattoo artists, food servers, and mechanics. According to the Chief Procurement Officer for PPE of America (US), the estimated cost of machinery to produce surgical masks, also known as 3-ply masks, is USD 150,000. On the other hand, nitrile glove manufacturing is very complex. The raw materials are very difficult to access in some parts of the world. The average price of medical nitrile gloves on Amazon was in the range of USD 3 to USD 6 in 2019, which by late 2020 rose to USD 19 to USD 25. In July 2020, the US banned two subsidiaries of the world’s largest glove manufacturer, citing “reasonable evidence of forced labor in the manufacturing process,” stacking more shortage. Data in the latest Get Us PPE Shortage Index reported that less than 1% of December 2020 requests came from hospitals, with the other 99+% coming from facilities such as nursing homes and clinics. Requests for nitrile gloves doubled between November and December, reflecting the increasingly severe glove shortage. It received approximately 19,980 requests, with California (3,833) seeking 20% of requests, followed by New York (1,719), Texas (1,258), Florida (1,069), and other states.

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Dynamics:


  • Increasing demand of medical nitrile gloves

The global demand for nitrile gloves has reached 585 billion this year, according to the Health Industry Distributors Association, but manufacturers are only able to produce 370 billion at current levels. Furthermore, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) only has a low supply of gloves, in comparison to their supply targets. The Health and Human Services (HHS) wanted to store 4.5 billion gloves, but only had 179 million pairs of gloves in the SNS as of late November, according to White House reports. In late October, HHS estimated that the demand would soon increase to 104 billion gloves per year. The glove shortage expanded as a global issue when the glove supplier, Top Glove in Malaysia, announced, late November that it will be closing 16 locations due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  More than 2,000 employees tested positive in their manufacturing sites, forcing the company to shut down 28 of its factories. Top Glove reports that they see their orders as high as 11 to 12 billion per month compared to about 4.5 billion prior to the pandemic. The rise in the shortage of nitrile gloves accompanied by a high demand is anticipated to increase the lucrativeness of the medical nitrile gloves market over the forecast period

  • Refined features as compared to other types

  • Rising incidences of COVID-19


  • Increasing counterfeit products and rising prices

Medical gloves are used by healthcare personnel to prevent the spread of infection or illness. They include patient examination gloves and surgeons gloves. To help expand the availability of medical gloves, the FDA is provided regulatory flexibility, as described in the enforcement policy for gloves that are in effect during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The US imports around 70 billion nitrile gloves annually, mostly from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Brokers peddled counterfeit medical gloves as a shortage of this critical commodity tripled prices during the pandemic and pinched frontline and other workers. VRG Khai Hoan JSC, the Vietnamese glove manufacturer that produces Vglove brand nitrile gloves, issued a statement to customers recently warning of such counterfeit versions of its nitrile gloves and fraudulent activity by people impersonating brokers of the company. Prices of the gloves soared amid heightened demand and short supply, and a flood of new entrants into the medical nitrile gloves market created a scramble by buyers and sellers for supplies. Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J. (US) uses 300,000 gloves a month and meeting that demand got harder in September 2020 due to the lack of availability and soaring prices.The elevated danger of contracting infectious diseases from counterfeit products can hamper the growth of the medical nitrile gloves market.


  • New product launch and collaboration for optimization of production process

Consumers are becoming more conscious and aware of the issues related to health and hygiene. Thus, companies are focusing more on research & development to introduce better preventive and safety options, which provide them an edge over their competitors. They are introducing new products and with refined features. In the current scenario, key players play an important role in changing the trends in the global medical nitrile gloves market. Strategic decisions by major players, such as focusing more on acquisition and collaboration for enhancing product portfolio and strengthening science and technology capabilities across the globe, are observed. Apart from that, major players are involved in spreading business by appointing distributors, which has been used as a medical nitrile gloves market penetration strategy to expand regional reach.

Global Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Share (%), by Type, 2020

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Share by Type 2020Source: MRFR Analysis

Value Chain Analysis

The global medical nitrile gloves market is growing at a steady rate due to the rising number of patient pool suffering from COVID-19 coupled with the increasing demand due to shortage of nitrile gloves help new entrants to access the market. The value chain analysis of the medical nitrile gloves market comprises major components starting from the research and product development (R&D) followed by the manufacturing of the products, distribution and sales, and ends with post-sales monitoring.

In research and product development, new techniques and research are undertaken to make the products better and unique. The process of product development starts with conceptualization, which is followed by the design of the product, then the development, and at last, the testing.

In the manufacturing process, the product strategies are ready, and the manufacturing of the product starts. In the global medical nitrile gloves market, the distribution channels include intermediaries, direct selling, online channels, and others. The company’s marketing and sales strategies play a crucial role in understanding the characteristics of the industry in which one is competing. Post-sales monitoring plays a very important role in this medical nitrile gloves market. This stage begins with a periodic safety update report of the products that are to be submitted to the FDA after approval.

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Segment Overview:

By Type

  • Non-Powdered:

Non-powdered gloves segment is dominating the medical nitrile gloves due to the increasing demand for skin-friendly gloves. In addition, non-powdered gloves undergo a process known as chlorination. During the manufacturing process, non-powdered gloves are treated with chlorine solution after that they are rinsed with water and dried to get rid of the powdered residue and latex proteins.

  • Powdered:

Powdered medical nitrile gloves consist of cornstarch, which makes them easier to wear particularly in busy locations such as hospitals and also prevents the sticking of gloves. The powdered nitrile gloves are cheaper compared to other types. Apart from this, cornstarch powder included in powdered gloves can also cause latex allergies, but the chances of allergy are very less when it is used with nitrile.

By usage

  • Disposable:

Disposable gloves are normally thinner than reusable gloves, which provides greater sensitivity and protection against mild irritants and chemicals, but normally cannot be used with hard chemicals. Moreover, Permatex is an example of disposable nitrile gloves, which are mainly made from 100% rubber, which provides greater resistance to different range of solvents and chemicals.

  • Reusable:

Reusable medical nitrile gloves are highly resistant to hard chemicals and hot water. They are designed to provide maximum strength and durability. Reusable gloves are thicker as compared to disposable gloves and also require cleaning after use, making them a less convenient than disposable gloves, which can be easily disposed after use. Some common examples of reusable medical nitrile gloves are Flockllined nitrile reusable gloves.

By Application

  • Examination

Examination gloves also provide protection against biohazards, chemicals, and other such dangerous substances. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare facility workers mostly use examination gloves. Nitrile medical gloves are used in the high-risk situations involving blood, bodily fluids, or patients with infectious disease.

  • Surgical

Nitrile surgical gloves are of high quality and designed particularly for the sensitivity and accuracy required by surgeons. Surgical nitrile gloves must meet the FDA standards based on an acceptable quality level of pinholes. These gloves have a more accurate range of sizing than medical examination gloves. Nitrile surgical gloves provide protective barrier against the possible transmission of diseases between healthcare professionals and patients during surgical procedures.

By Distribution Channel

  • Direct Selling

Direct selling accounted for a largest medical nitrile gloves market share in 2020 due to the direct selling of medical nitrile gloves which reduces the involvement of intermediaries in product distribution, such as the regional distribution centers and wholesalers. Instead, the products are directly supplied from the manufacturer to the hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory surgical centers. Direct selling of medical nitrile gloves is related to part plan and network marketing companies. These companies use direct sales; they are not single players. Many medical nitrile glove manufacturers use direct selling to target and sell their products to end users.

  • Medical Store

Medical stores provide medical nitrile gloves to the patients as per their demand. This is type of retail sales in which products are supplied from manufacturer to stockiest, then retailer to end users. The price of medical nitrile gloves is high as compared to direct selling due to various taxes and margins.

By End User

  • Hospitals & Clinics

The hospitals and clinics segment accounted for the largest medical nitrile gloves market share in 2020 due to the increasing number of patients flow for disease diagnosis and various surgical procedures. Hospitals and clinics use different types of medical nitrile gloves such as examination gloves and surgical gloves. Medical nitrile gloves are being used as a protective agent. Doctors and general medical practitioners use these gloves to provide barrier protection between themselves and the patients.

  • Diagnostic Centers

Diagnostic centers accounted for a market value of USD 569.58 million in 2020 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR 13.93%during the forecast period. The market growth of this segment is attributed to the increasing number of diagnostic centers and growing preference for these centers in certain developed regions. Increasing number of these centers using medical nitrile gloves is propelling the medical nitrile gloves market growth of this segment.

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centre

Ambulatory surgery centers are medical facilities where small surgeries are performed, and patients are not required to admit in the ambulatory surgery centers. Patients who opt to have a surgery in an ambulatory surgery center visits on the same day of their medical procedures. Ambulatory surgical centers also raise the demand for medical nitrile gloves as they reduce the risk of infection.

  • Rehabilitation Centers

Rehabilitation centers are also a type of medical center where various therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are performed. The rehabilitation center is mainly for outpatient department. Medical nitrile gloves provide protection against infections while performing various treatments in these centers.

Global Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Share (%), by Region, 2020

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Share by Region 2020Source: MRFR Analysis

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Regional Analysis

  • North America

The North America spearheaded the medical nitrile gloves market in 2020 and is likely to continue to command during the assessment period. This is attributed to the large number of patients suffering from COVID-19, high rate of surgical procedures, and favorable import policies in the region.

  • Europe

Europe is projected to exhibit significant growth during the forecast period due to a higher number of patients and the availability of treatment facilities in the region. The accessibility to advanced treatment facilities, rising government initiatives to promote norms related to safety and growing healthcare expenditure are the major factors driving the growth of the medical nitrile gloves market in the region.

  • Asia Pacific

The medical nitrile gloves market in Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing. This high growth is mainly attributed to the large-scale availability of raw materials, huge export of products from the region, shortage of exam gloves, and dependency of other countries for supplies from the region. Other factors that influence the growth of the market include the growing cases of infections, increasing availability of online pharmacies, and rising number of healthcare professionals working with infectious diseases

  • Rest of the World

The medical nitrile gloves market in rest of the world is growing at a significant rate due to the increasing number of companies and subsidiaries in the region. The availability of glove manufacturers, importers, and suppliers in the region is anticipated to increase market size. Some of the companies in the region include NW Hygiene (South Africa), Evergreen Latex (South Africa), Medinox South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Omnisurge Medical Supplies (South Africa), Uni-medical Limited (Unigloves Nigeria), SafeMed Medical Wholesalers (Zimbabwe), Elreda (Egypt), and others.

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market Competitive Landscape

The medical nitrile gloves market is characterized by the presence of many global, regional, and local vendors catering to the demand created by a large patient pool suffering from infectious diseases. The market is highly competitive, with players competing and collaborating to gain a substantial market share. Expansion into newer untapped markets, novel product launches, and decisions undertaken to achieve operational efficiency are key factors that aid market growth. Our analysis revealed that market players had adopted different strategies and innovative research & development techniques to expand their business and secure their position in the global nitrile gloves market. In recent years, collaborations by major players for product development and regional expansion into untapped markets have been used as a strategy to obtain operational efficiency.

List of Key Companies Covered in this Report:

  • Dynarex Corporation (US)

  • Shield Scientific B.V. (Netherland)

  • Mercator Medical S.A, (Poland)

  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia)

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Malaysia)

  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd (KRI) (Malaysia)

  • Ansell Healthcare (US)

  • Medline Industries, In (US)

  • 3M (US), McKesson Corporation (US)

  • Honeywell International Inc (US)

  • Atrium Medical Care (US)

  • Kimberly Clark (US)

  • SHIELD Scientific (France)

  • Supermax Healthcare Limited (UK)

Recent Developments

  • In August 2020, Hartalega Holdings Bhd (Malaysia) acquired 60.57-acre tract of land in Sepang. The tract was used for the expansion of additional manufacturing facilities to increase the production facility.

  • In March 2020, Ansell Health (US) acquired 50% stake in Malaysian rubber gloves maker Careplus (M) Sdn. Bhd (Malaysia). The company invested 8.8 million which provide strengthen company gloves business.

  • In January 2020, McKesson Corporation (US) acquired medical specialties distributors for expanding their distribution network and rapidly meet the demand of customers.

Scope of the Report & Segmentation

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by Type

  • Non-Powdered

  • Powdered

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by Usage

  • Disposable

  • Reusable

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by Application

  • Examination

  • Surgical

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by Distribution Channel

  • Direct Selling

  • Medical Store

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by End User

  • Hospitals & Clinics

  • Diagnostic Centers

  • ASCs

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Others

Medical Nitrile Gloves Market, by Region

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • AsiaPacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Rest of AsiaPacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

Report Overview:

The report contains:

  • Medical nitrile gloves market size and estimation from historic years to forecast period (2018-2027).

  • The major market segments and their share, globally as well as regionally.

  • The market drivers, restraints, and opportunities.

  • Competitive landscape of the global medical nitrile gloves market.

  • Key market players profiling along with SWOT analysis.

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2027 USD 5,897.81 Million
  CAGR   8.50%(2021-2027)
  Base Year   2020
  Forecast Period   2021-2027
  Historical Data   2018-2019
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type,Usage, Application and End User, Distribution Channel
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Dynarex Corporation (US)., Shield Scientific B.V. (Netherland), Mercator Medical S.A, (Poland), Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Malaysia),Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Malaysia), Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd (KRI) (Malaysia), Ansell Healthcare (US), Medline Industries, In (US), 3M (US), McKesson Corporation (US), Honeywell International Inc (US), Atrium Medical Care (US), Kimberly Clark (US), SHIELD Scientific (France), Supermax Healthcare Limited (UK)
  Key Market Opportunities   â€˘ New product launch and collaboration for optimization production process
  Key Market Drivers   â€˘ Rising incidence of COVID-19 • Increasing demand and shortage of medical nitrile gloves • Refined feature as compared to other types

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global Medical Nitrile Gloves Market is expected to record a substantial market valuation of USD 2.81 billion by 2027.

Global Medical Nitrile Gloves Market is projected to register a moderate 8.1% CAGR in the forecast period.

The medical and healthcare segment is expected to observe substantial demand over the review period.

The hospital and clinics segment is slated to expand as the fastest-growing segment.

A few eminent market players operating in the global medical nitrile gloves market are 3M (US), Dynarex Corporation (US), Ansell Healthcare (Australia) among others.