GVR Report cover Nitrile Gloves Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Nitrile Gloves Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Disposable, Durable), By Type (Powdered, Powder-free), By End Use (Medical & Healthcare, Pharmaceutical), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Aug, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-104-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 145

Report Overview

The global nitrile gloves market size was valued at USD 3.12 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1% from 2020 to 2027. Rising awareness regarding the benefits of the product in healthcare facilities coupled with an increasing number of latex allergies is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Nitrile gloves are free from latex, which aids their adoption among people with latex allergies. The use of synthetic rubber in their production also aids in providing high strength, durability, and enhanced flexibility coupled with the ability to reduce hand fatigue, offering a comfortable fit, and low friction. The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to act as a major factor for driving the demand in the U.S. The country is one of the most severely affected countries in the world by coronavirus. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 in the country has increased the demand, especially in the healthcare sector in order to reduce further transmission.

U.S. nitrile gloves market size

The manufacturers of nitrile gloves are engaged in designing, producing, and supplying the products to different end-use industries by utilizing innovative technologies. They either own their independent proprietary technology or licensed technology from other market participants. These companies manufacture the product at one location at low manufacturing costs and distribute products across the globe to maintain minimal pricing.

Growing demand for butadiene for Styrene-butadiene Rubber (SBR) is expected to restrict raw material availability for NBR production, and, in turn, is likely to adversely affect the prices of NBR. However, increasing shale gas output is expected to increase raw material volumes, decrease product prices, and result in higher profit margins for market players.

As compared to latex gloves, nitrile gloves offer various benefits such as long shelf life, low friction, and puncture resistance. Furthermore, increasing occurrences of pandemic diseases, including COVID-19 and swine flu (H1N1), coupled with rising demand for infection control, is anticipated to drive the demand over the forecast period.

Type Insights

The powder-free segment accounted for 71.3% of the global revenue share in 2019 on account of the high-strength as compared to powdered gloves. Furthermore, powder-free gloves are widely used in the medical and healthcare industry where the demand for disposable gloves is high and increasing rapidly post the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Powder-free nitrile gloves are expected to dominate the market over the forecast period owing to their increasing preference across numerous industries including medical, food processing, and chemical. Moreover, strict regulations by many governments worldwide are likely to impact the powder-free nitrile gloves market over the forecast period positively.

Nitrile gloves are powdered using cornstarch and calcium carbonate. Cornstarch powder, which is usually used, helps in easy donning, improving grip, and reducing sweat and moisture. Powdered nitrile gloves are generally not an allergy concern. However, when worn for a long duration, these gloves may cause sensitivities or allergies to the user’s skin.

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of all powdered patient examination and surgeon gloves. Although the FDA has not banned powdered gloves for industrial applications, these gloves are gradually being discontinued, which is expected to have a negative impact on market growth over the forecast period.

Product Insights

The disposable nitrile gloves segment held the largest market share of over 70% in 2019 and is expected to register the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the increasing demand for single-use gloves across the end-use industries post the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, disposable nitrile gloves aid in preventing the transmission of pathogens and germs at medical facilities driving their demand in the medical and healthcare industry.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for a wide range of PPE including gloves. Disposable gloves are generally preferred by healthcare workers to avoid cross-contamination during treatment or examination. This, in turn, is likely to positively impact the demand for disposable nitrile gloves over the forecast period.

The durable variant is designed to be used in harsh environments and multiple times. They offer advantages such as durability, strength, low generation of waste, and other environmental benefits. These gloves are thicker as compared to the disposable type owing to which they last longer and do not tear easily, which ensures improved hand protection, especially in a heavy-duty work environment.

Durable gloves are less sensitive than disposable variants and can be uncomfortable while performing intricate tasks. Moreover, they are required to be cleaned more frequently after use, which makes them less convenient as compared to disposable gloves. As a result, durable nitrile gloves are used in limited applications across the end-use industries.

End-use Insights

The medical and healthcare segment accounted for 69.4% of the global revenue share in 2019 owing to a wide product usage across the industry as it aids in preventing cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens during medical examination and surgeries. Furthermore, these gloves provide a barrier of protection against risks associated with the on-the-job transmission of germs, blood-borne pathogens, and other environmental contaminants.

Nitrile gloves are the most common gloves used in the automotive industry as they are manufactured with synthetic polymer and are latex-free, which reduces friction and increases puncture resistance. Furthermore, nitrile gloves offer excellent chemical resistance, especially to grease, oil, and gasoline. As a result, their demand in the automotive industry is high.

Global nitrile gloves market share

The food industry is mainly dependent on quality control and hygiene on account of which the demand for nitrile disposable gloves in the industry is expected to grow over the forecast period. Personnel working in the food and beverage industry use disposable nitrile gloves to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Furthermore, in food service applications, nitrile disposable gloves are used to provide protection against foodborne illnesses.

Cleanrooms are commonly used by pharmaceutical companies, medical laboratories, manufacturing companies, electronic component production, aerospace, and military applications. Nitrile gloves are used for cleanroom and controlled environment applications as they offer good chemical resistance and anti-static protection. Moreover, they reduce the occurrence of allergic reactions and skin reactions that are common with latex gloves.

Regional Insights

North America held the largest market share of over 35% in 2019. The regional demand is expected to witness a CAGR of over 13.0% during the projected period. Factors such as the rising healthcare expenditure, increasing elderly population, and growing awareness pertaining to healthcare-acquired infections are projected to fuel the growth. In addition, rising instances of chronic illnesses, including obesity, are likely to further increase healthcare expenditure, thereby benefitting the market growth.

An increasing number of occupational injuries coupled with the growing requirements for highly effective protective gloves in the majority of core industries such as food and beverage, metal manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, and the chemical is expected to augment the penetration of nitrile gloves in Europe over the forecast period.

Safety standards in Italy are in accordance with the European Union directives developed by the National Information System for Prevention in Workplaces (SINP) and autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano along with the institutions and joint bodies in the manufacturing sector. Favorable regulations regarding the need for protection of employees working in hazardous conditions are expected to augment the market growth over the forecast period.

Improving hygiene and safety standards across several healthcare settings in developing countries is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth of protective gloves. In addition, the rapid spread of coronavirus across various countries including India, Japan, and China is further anticipated to augment the regional product demand.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by the presence of large companies catering to global demand. Many key participants are undergoing mergers and collaborations to expand their reach in order to increase their market share. The companies also adopt merger and acquisition strategies for various reasons such as product portfolio expansions, distribution network expansions, and entry into new markets. In October 2018, Ansell Healthcare Products, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Ansell Ltd., completed the acquisition of all assets of Digitcare Corporation, a U.S.-based glove supplier to specialty acute markets and the U.S. Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This acquisition has strengthened the former’s position in the market. Some of the prominent players in the nitrile gloves market include:

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd

  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • Supermax Corporation Berhad

  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd

  • MCR Safety

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Superior Gloves

Nitrile Gloves Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 5.04 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 8.98 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 14.1% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, product, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; Germany; The U.K.; Italy; Spain; Russia; France; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Indonesia; Brazil; Argentina; Colombia; Mexico; Chile; Peru; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Top Glove Corporation Bhd; Hartalega Holdings Berhad; Ansell Ltd.; Supermax Corporation Berhad; Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd; Superior Gloves; MCR Safety; Medline Industries, Inc.; Unigloves (UK) Limited

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global nitrile gloves market report on the basis of type, product, end-use, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Powdered

    • Powder-free

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Disposable

    • Durable

  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Medical & Healthcare

      • Surgical

      • Examination

    • Automotive

    • Oil & Gas

    • Food & Beverage

    • Metal & Machinery

    • Chemical & Petrochemical

    • Pharmaceutical

    • Cleanroom

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Russia

      • Spain

      • Italy

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • Australia

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

    • Latin America

      • Argentina

      • Brazil

      • Colombia

      • Mexico

      • Chile

      • Peru

    • The Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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