Disposable Gloves Market Report by Material Type (Natural Rubber, Nitrile, Vinyl, Neoprene, Polyethylene, and Others), Product Type (Powdered Gloves, Powder Free Gloves), End-Use (Medical, Non-Medical), Distribution Channel (Direct Sales, Medical Stores, Online Stores, and Others), and Region 2023-2028

Disposable Gloves Market Report by Material Type (Natural Rubber, Nitrile, Vinyl, Neoprene, Polyethylene, and Others), Product Type (Powdered Gloves, Powder Free Gloves), End-Use (Medical, Non-Medical), Distribution Channel (Direct Sales, Medical Stores, Online Stores, and Others), and Region 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global disposable gloves market size reached US$ 14.8 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 28.2 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5% during 2023-2028. The increasing demand from the healthcare sector, stringent safety regulations due to the coronavirus disease, (COVID-19) pandemic, rising awareness of hygiene and cleanliness, and expanding e-commerce platforms are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
Key Statistics
Base Year
2022
Forecast Years
2023-2028
Historical Years
2017-2022
Market Size in 2022 US$ 14.8 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028 US$ 28.2 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2023-2028 10.5%


Disposable gloves are single-use protective garments worn on the hands to prevent cross-contamination and maintain hygiene standards. They are typically produced of latex, nitrile, vinyl, or polyethylene and serve as a barrier against harmful substances, chemicals, and pathogens, shielding the wearer and the environment. They are disposable, preventing the risk of transmission from one task to another or from one person to another, and help maintain a sterile environment to prevent the spreading of germs. Additionally, they are integral part of safety protocols, providing peace of mind and protection in diverse professional settings. Nowadays, disposable gloves are widely adopted in various industries, including healthcare, food handling, cleaning, and manufacturing.

Global Disposable Gloves Market Report

The market is primarily driven by the growing awareness regarding infectious diseases and the importance of maintaining hygiene standards. In addition, the rising demand for disposable gloves in various sectors such as healthcare, food processing, and hospitality, is influencing the market growth. Moreover, the increasing number of hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities is accelerating the demand for disposable gloves to protect medical professionals and patients in the healthcare sector represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, the recent onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic augmented the market growth of disposable gloves to prevent the spread of infections, leading to a surge in demand across industries and among the general public. Along with this, several governments are implementing strict guidelines regarding the use of protective equipment in various industries, further propelling the demand for disposable gloves. Furthermore, several technological improvements in glove materials and manufacturing processes have made them more comfortable, durable, and cost-effective, expanding their adoption in different applications across the globe.

Disposable Gloves Market Trends/Drivers:

The increasing product demand from the healthcare sector

. The rising focus on infection control and prevention in healthcare facilities is escalating the demand for disposable gloves that serve as a barrier against the transmission of infections, pathogens, and contaminants, minimizing the risk of cross-contamination between healthcare workers and patients, which is influencing the market growth. Moreover, the recent onset of the COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated the product demand in healthcare settings representing another major growth-inducing factor. Along with this, healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and caregivers, rely on these gloves to protect themselves and patients from potential exposure to the virus and other infectious agents, thus augmenting the market growth. Besides this, the stringent regulations and safety standards in the healthcare industry mandate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including disposable gloves, during medical procedures, surgeries, examinations, and patient care thus propelling the market growth.

The emerging technological advancements

The rising demand for disposable gloves, and improvements in the functionality, safety, and comfort of these essential protective products are influencing the market growth. Additionally, manufacturers are investing in research and development (R&D) to introduce innovative materials and manufacturing techniques, transforming the disposable gloves industry thus augmenting the market growth. Moreover, the development of nitrile gloves, which offer superior chemical resistance, puncture resistance, and tactile sensitivity compared to traditional latex gloves represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, nitrile gloves are gaining immense traction in the healthcare settings, due to their latex-free nature, reducing the risk of allergic reactions among patients and healthcare professionals, thus accelerating the market growth. Along with this, the introduction of powder-free gloves and, powdered gloves are employed to help donning, but the powder could potentially cause respiratory issues in some individuals, propelling the market growth. Apart from this, the creation of antimicrobial disposable gloves, which incorporate special coatings to inhibit the growth of bacteria and pathogens on the glove surface is providing a positive market outlook. Furthermore, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the continuous developments in smart gloves equipped with embedded sensors to monitor hand movements, temperature, and other vital data are contributing to the market growth.

The expanding e-commerce sector

The market is primarily driven by the convenience and ease of online shopping across the globe. In addition, the widespread adoption of e-commerce platforms for purchasing disposable gloves influenced market growth. customers can browse through several glove options, compare prices, and read reviews, all from the comfort of their homes or mobile devices which is augmenting the market growth. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift toward online shopping as consumers minimize physical contact and reduce their exposure to public spaces, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Along with this, the escalating demand for disposable gloves during the pandemic further propels the e-commerce market, enabling customers to access gloves quickly and efficiently. Also, the reach of e-commerce platforms has facilitated the accessibility of disposable gloves to customers worldwide, allowing manufacturers and suppliers to tap into new markets and expand their customer base beyond their local regions, thus providing positive market growth. Furthermore, the ease of bulk ordering and seamless supply chain management offered by e-commerce platforms are creating a positive market outlook.

 

 
 

 

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Disposable Gloves Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global disposable gloves market report, along with forecasts at the global and regional levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on material type, product type, end-use and distribution channel.

Breakup by Material Type:

 

 
 

 

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  • Natural Rubber
  • Nitrile
  • Vinyl
  • Neoprene
  • Polyethylene
  • Others


Natural rubber represents the most used material type

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the material type. This includes natural rubber, nitrile, vinyl, neoprene, polyethylene, and others. According to the report, natural rubber accounted for the largest market share.

Natural rubber gloves, also known as latex gloves hold a significant share of the market due to their unique properties and wide range of applications. The inherent elasticity and flexibility of natural rubber make these gloves comfortable and easy to wear, allowing for excellent dexterity and tactile sensitivity. Additionally, they provide superior barrier protection against various contaminants, making them a preferred choice across industries such as healthcare, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

Moreover, the cost-effectiveness of natural rubber gloves further contributes to their popularity, making them an economical option for large-scale industrial applications and everyday use. Besides this, the development of alternative glove materials such as nitrile, vinyl, and neoprene is accelerating market growth. Furthermore, the rising demand for natural rubber due to its combination of performance, comfort, and affordability, makes it a reliable choice for various users and industries, thus creating a positive market outlook.

Breakup by Product Type:

  • Powdered Gloves
  • Powder Free Gloves


Powder-free gloves represent the most popular product type

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product type. This includes powdered gloves and powder-free gloves. According to the report, powder-free gloves accounted for the largest market share.

Powder-free gloves are gaining immense traction due to several advantages such as eliminating the use of powder, usually cornstarch, which was previously used as a lubricant to ease donning, and the absence of powder makes them a safer and more hygienic choice, particularly in industries such as food processing, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals, where contamination risks must be minimized, thus influencing the market growth.

Powder-free gloves have witnessed surging demand, primarily due to the growing awareness of the potential adverse health effects associated with powdered gloves, such as respiratory issues and allergic reactions. As a result, regulatory bodies in various countries have imposed restrictions or even banned the use of powdered gloves, further propelling the adoption of powder-free variants.

Additionally, powder-free gloves offer enhanced tactile sensitivity, making them an ideal choice for precision tasks and delicate procedures. The improved grip and dexterity they provide contribute to increased productivity and reduced hand fatigue among users. Furthermore, manufacturers and suppliers in the industry are likely to focus their efforts on developing and promoting these powder-free variants to cater to the growing demand and stringent regulatory requirements, thus accelerating market growth.

Breakup by End-Use:

  • Medical 
  • Non-Medical


Medical hold the largest share in the market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end use has also been provided in the report. This includes medical, non-medical. According to the report, medical accounted for the largest market share.

The increasing healthcare expenditure and a growing emphasis on infection prevention in healthcare facilities are augmenting the product demand for. These gloves provide a critical barrier against cross-contamination and are essential in maintaining hygiene standards in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings.

Moreover, the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) pandemic further accelerated the product adoption in medical applications, with the growing awareness of infectious diseases, healthcare professionals are relying more than ever on these gloves to protect themselves and patients from potential transmission of pathogens, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, the rise in surgeries, diagnostic procedures, and patient examinations led to extensive product use in the medical sector, due to their ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and disposability ensure the safety of medical personnel and patients, thus influencing the market growth. Furthermore, as disposable gloves find application in various medical tasks, ranging from routine check-ups to intricate surgical procedures, the demand for these protective accessories continues to witness steady growth in the medical field.

Breakup by Distribution Channel:

  • Direct Sales
  • Medical Stores
  • Online Stores
  • Others


Direct sales presently account for the largest market share

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel has also been provided in the report. This includes direct sales, medical stores, online stores, and others. According to the report, direct sales accounted for the largest market share.

Direct sales enable manufacturers to establish a direct connection with their customers, facilitating a better understanding of their needs and preferences. This direct interaction allows for personalized service and the ability to address specific requirements, ultimately fostering customer loyalty and repeat business. Moreover, direct sales offer manufacturers greater control over their product positioning and branding, ensuring consistent messaging and brand image across all customer touchpoints. This control over marketing and sales strategies empowers companies to customize their approaches to different markets, driving higher conversion rates and sales growth.

Besides this, direct sales eliminate the need for intermediaries, reducing distribution costs and maximizing profit margins for manufacturers, this cost-effectiveness enables companies to invest in research and development (R&D), product innovation, and expanding their market reach. Furthermore, direct sales is a strategic and effective approach for manufacturers to capitalize on the lucrative opportunities presented by the growing awareness of hygiene and safety across various industries, including healthcare, food processing, and industrial sectors, thus creating a positive market outlook.

Breakup by Region:

 

 
 

 

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  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America


North America exhibits a clear dominance in the market

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, North America accounted for the largest market share.

North America is emerging as a dominant force in the market, exhibiting impressive growth due to several factors driving demand in the region. In addition, the increasing awareness of personal hygiene and safety, particularly in healthcare settings, is influencing market growth across the region. Also, with well-established healthcare infrastructure and stringent safety regulations, healthcare professionals are relying heavily on gloves to prevent the spread of infections and maintain high standards of patient care, thus propelling market growth. Moreover, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is further accelerating product adoption in various sectors, including healthcare, food processing, and sanitation industries. The need for enhanced hygiene practices to curb the transmission of the virus has led to a substantial upsurge in glove usage, boosting market growth in North America.

Europe’s market is witnessing steady growth due to the significant expansion in the healthcare systems, and infection control measures, fostering demand for disposable gloves among healthcare professionals. Additionally, the food and beverage industry in Europe is increasingly adopting gloves to maintain strict hygiene standards during food handling and preparation processes, contributing to the market's growth.

The Asia Pacific region is also a significant contributor to the global disposable gloves market due to rapidly expanding healthcare infrastructure, growing awareness of safety and hygiene practices, and increasing industrialization are fueling the product across the region. Countries such as China, India, and Japan are witnessing substantial market growth due to the rising product adoption across various sectors, including healthcare, food processing, and manufacturing.

Competitive Landscape:

At present, key players in the market are taking strategic measures to strengthen their position and gain a competitive edge in the industry. They are investing in research and development (R&D) to introduce innovative products focusing on developing gloves with advanced features such as improved barrier protection, enhanced tactile sensitivity, and reduced risk of allergic reactions. Additionally, companies are diversifying their product portfolios to cater to specific industry needs, offering gloves designed for medical, food handling, industrial, and other specialized applications. They are also meeting the growing product demand and expanding their manufacturing capacities. They are establishing new production facilities in strategic locations to ensure a steady supply of gloves to global markets by expanding their production capabilities, these companies aim to enhance their market presence and maintain a competitive advantage. Companies are investing in branding and marketing campaigns to create strong brand recognition and customer loyalty. They are using digital marketing, social media platforms, and influencer collaborations to reach a broader audience and promote the benefits of their products.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Ansell Limited
  • The 3M Company
  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd
  • KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION
  • Mölnlycke Health Care AB
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Semperit AG Holding
  • Rubberex Corporation Berhad
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Cardinal Health Inc.,
  • B. Braun Melsungen AG
  • Unigloves (UK) Limited
  • Smart Glove Corporation Sdn Bhd.
  • Cypress Medical Products LLC
  • Microflex Corporation
  • YTY Group

Recent Developments:

  • In January 2021, Ansell Limited successfully acquired the Primus brand and related assets, including the life science business of Primus gloves and Sanrea healthcare products. The acquisition also led to a long-term supply partnership between Ansell and Primus. Primus is a prominent Indian manufacturer and marketer of gloves in the Life Science and Specialty Medical sectors, known for producing long-cuff gloves with a strong brand presence. This strategic move expands Ansell's footprint in the vital Indian market and accelerates the growth of their Life Sciences business.
  • In February 2022, Kimberly-Clark introduced the kimtech opal nitrile gloves designed to offer protection against chemical splashes and micro-organism hazards that are latex-free and do not contain vulcanizing agents, minimizing the risk of Type I and Type IV glove-related skin reactions, making them highly efficient and safe for use.
  • In January, Top Glove Corporation introduced its non-powder medical gloves named BioGreen Biodegradable Nitrile Gloves.

Disposable Gloves Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Material Type
  • Product Type
  • End Use
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region
Materials Types Covered Natural Rubber, Nitrile, Vinyl, Neoprene, Polyethylene, Others
Product Types Covered Powdered Gloves, Powder Free Gloves
End Uses Covered Medical, Non-Medical
Distribution Channels Covered Direct Sales, Medical Stores, Online Stores, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Companies Covered Ansell Limited, The 3M Company, Top Glove Corporation Bhd, KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Semperit AG Holding, Rubberex Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Dynarex Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Unigloves (UK) Limited, Smart Glove Corporation Sdn Bhd., Cypress Medical Products LLC, Microflex Corporation, YTY Group. etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the disposable gloves market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global disposable gloves market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the disposable gloves industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global disposable gloves market was valued at US$ 14.8 Billion in 2022.

We expect the global disposable gloves market to exhibit a CAGR of 10.5% during 2023-2028.

The increasing utilization of disposable gloves across several end use industries, along with the rising consumer awareness about safety, health, and hygiene, is currently driving the global disposable gloves market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the growing demand for disposable gloves across numerous end use industries, such as healthcare, food and beverages, hospitality, etc., as an effective and necessary measure, to prevent the further transmission of the coronavirus infection.

Based on the material type, the global disposable gloves market has been segmented into natural rubber, nitrile, vinyl, neoprene, polyethylene, and others. Among these, natural rubber holds the majority of the total market share.

Based on the product type, the global disposable gloves market can be divided into powdered gloves and powder free gloves, where powder free gloves currently exhibit a clear dominance in the market.

Based on the end use, the global disposable gloves market has been categorized into medical and non- medical. Currently, the medical sector accounts for the largest market share.

Based on the distribution channel, the global disposable gloves market can be segregated into direct sales, medical stores, online stores, and others. Among these, direct sales currently hold the majority of the global market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where North America currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global disposable gloves market include Ansell Limited, The 3M Company, Top Glove Corporation Bhd, KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Semperit AG Holding, Rubberex Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Dynarex Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Unigloves (UK) Limited, Smart Glove Corporation Sdn Bhd., Cypress Medical Products LLC, Microflex Corporation, and YTY Group.

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