Global disposable gloves market demand is expected to witness growth on account of rising awareness regarding general well-being and disease prevention over the forecast period. Disposable gloves are well-suited to the healthcare industry in terms of hygiene, safety and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the market is likely to be driven by growing food and beverage industry which utilizes disposable gloves to maintain hygiene. However, volatile raw material prices of butadiene that is used in manufacture of disposable gloves are anticipated to act as a key restraining factor for the disposable gloves market growth. Increasing application scope of disposable gloves in various end-use industries including pharmaceuticals, laboratories, and R&D centers, is likely to aid market growth over the next six years. Presence of regulations regarding use of hand gloves in medical and food & beverage industry is also expected to fuel global disposable gloves market growth.
Disposable gloves are segmented into five major product categories which include natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyethylene and vinyl gloves. Natural rubber gloves accounted for the major market volume share in 2013 but demand for nitrile gloves is expected to grow exponentially owing to its puncture-proof nature and latex allergies in many workers associated with use of natural rubber gloves. Disposable gloves can be powdered or non-powdered. Powdered gloves find extensive use in the market on account of better disposability characteristics, high sterility and affordability.
North America accounted for the major market volume share of disposable gloves market owing to high government expenditure and health awareness in the region. Asia Pacific is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period on account of growing health awareness and government focus on maintaining better hygiene levels in economies such as China and India. European markets accounted for the second highest share in 2013 and are expected to witness steady growth due to market saturation. China and India are likely to be more lucrative markets for disposable gloves owing to rapid industrialization and increasing population which is expected to lead towards more medical services in the future.
Key players in the disposable gloves market include Top Glove Corp., Shield Scientific, Rubberex, MRK Healthcare, Supermax Corp., Ansell Healthcare, Adventa, Kossan Rubber Industries, Cardinal Health and Hartalega.
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