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

Nitrile Gloves Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Powder Free, Powdered), By Product (Disposable, Durable), By End Use (Medical & Healthcare), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Published Date: Apr 2022
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-104-2
  • Number of Pages: 143
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2020

Report Overview

The global nitrile gloves market size was estimated at USD 8.76 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% from 2022 to 2030. The market growth is expected to be driven by growing healthcare expenditure, increased significance of workplace safety, and the rising awareness of healthcare-associated infections. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an exponential increase in demand for a wide variety of PPE, including gloves. Disposable nitrile gloves are also often used by healthcare professionals to prevent contamination.

U.S. nitrile gloves market size, by type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

This, in turn, is expected to boost the demand for disposable nitrile gloves during the forecast period. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is anticipated to drive the demand for hand protection by 2030. In addition, post the COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities are expected to heavily invest in healthcare infrastructure, which is expected to have a positive impact on market growth in the coming years.

The healthcare industry in major developing countries is also expected to witness significant growth owing to several factors, including growing investments in both public and private sectors, increasing population, rising geriatric population, and a high influx of migrants. In addition, increasing healthcare expenditure is projected to boost the growth of the healthcare industry globally, which, in turn, is anticipated to spur the demand for hand protection during the forecast period.

As compared to latex gloves, nitrile gloves offer various benefits such as long shelf life, less friction, and puncture resistance. Furthermore, rising awareness regarding latex allergies is anticipated to drive the demand for these products during the projection period. Enhanced resistance of nitrile gloves toward puncture and chemicals as compared to vinyl and latex gloves is expected to augment the market growth.

The increasing number of COVID-19 cases globally has resulted in augmenting the demand for medical-grade nitrile gloves. Supply constraints such as the limited capacity of manufacturers, the long duration required for setting up new plants, and the limited availability of workforce are anticipated to widen the demand-supply gap of gloves globally.

Type Insights

The powder free nitrile gloves segment led the market and accounted for 72.5% of the global revenue share in 2021, owing to their increasing preference across various industries. Moreover, strict regulations on powdered gloves by many governments worldwide are likely to have a positive impact on the powder free nitrile gloves market during the forecast period.

Powder free gloves are less form-fitting as they undergo chlorination process or polymer coatings such as acrylics, silicones, and hydrogels, resulting in the healthcare facilities replacing latex gloves with powder free nitrile gloves. Powder free gloves do not leave any residue which makes them suitable for use in the automotive industry.

The powdered market segment is projected to grow at 3.5% from 2022 to 2030. Powdered nitrile gloves have either cornstarch or calcium carbonate coating, which makes them easier to put on while improving grip and reducing moisture inside. However, the demand for powdered nitrile gloves is expected to dampen in the coming years, as they may cause skin sensitivities or allergies to the user’s skin if worn for a long period of time.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2017 imposed restrictions on the use of powdered gloves. Powdered gloves pose serious risks to patients such as post-surgical adhesions, airway & wound inflammations, and allergic reactions. Manufacturers have gradually started discontinuing their production, which is likely to affect the market growth negatively.

Product Insights

The disposable segment led the nitrile gloves market and accounted for 72% of the global revenue share in 2021. Disposable nitrile gloves are meant for single use and are discarded after every use. Safety assurance and cost-effectiveness are some of the advantages offered by disposable nitrile gloves. These factors are expected to drive the product demand in the coming years.

Disposable nitrile gloves are usually thinner as compared to durable gloves, which offer greater sensitivity. These gloves provide protection against mild chemicals and irritants. However, they are not suited to be used with harsh chemicals or in harsh environments in industries such as metal & manufacturing or oil & gas.

The demand for durable products is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Durable nitrile gloves offer advantages such as durability, strength, low generation of waste, and other environmental benefits. Durable gloves are designed for prolonged and extended usage, especially in heavy-duty work environments in oil & gas, chemical & petrochemical, automotive, and metal & machinery industries.

Durable nitrile gloves are thicker as compared to disposable ones, owing to which they offer high durability. However, they are less sensitive than disposable variants and can be uncomfortable during intricate tasks. Moreover, they are required to be cleaned more frequently after use, which makes them less convenient as compared to disposable gloves.

End-use Insights

The medical & healthcare segment led the market and accounted for 87.6% of the global revenue share in 2021. The demand for nitrile gloves increased exponentially for preventing cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens during medical examinations and surgeries. Disposable nitrile gloves are particularly in demand as they lower the risk of contamination.

The demand for this product is also expected to increase from other end-use industries, mainly food & beverage, chemical & petrochemical, and pharmaceutical. Increasing awareness and stringent regulations in quality control and hygiene in food processing industries and increasing investments in chemical and pharmaceutical industries are likely to augment market growth.

Global nitrile gloves market share, by end-use, 2021 (%)

The demand for nitrile gloves in the automotive industry is expected to witness a growth of 6.4% during the projected period. Awareness regarding health complications due to prolonged contact with brake oil, grease, and other transmission fluids found in automobiles, coupled with the need for safety from sharp edges and tools to harmful chemicals and substances is expected to increase the demand for this product in the automotive industry.

Employees working in the pharmaceutical industry face various on-the-job hazards as they come in contact with biological agents, chemical substances, and drugs. The demand for nitrile gloves is likely to increase as they offer advantages in both ways by protecting pharmaceutical products from contamination and workers from chemical hazards.

Regional Insights

North America held a majority share of the market and accounted for a 38% share of the global revenue in 2021. Factors responsible for the substantial demand include rising healthcare expenditure in the region, coupled with the increasing elderly population and growing awareness pertaining to healthcare-acquired infections among healthcare workers.

An increasing number of occupational injuries, along with a growing requirement for highly effective protective gloves in the majority of core industries such as food & beverage, metal manufacturing, oil & gas, automotive, and chemical is expected to augment the market penetration in Europe during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period, on account of the rapid spread of coronavirus across various countries including India, Japan, and Indonesia. Furthermore, improving hygiene and safety standards across several healthcare settings in developing countries as well as rapid industrialization is further expected to have a positive impact on the industry growth.

The medical & healthcare industry in China is expected to grow at a rapid pace owing to several factors, including an aging population, urbanization, an improving standard of living, and expanding healthcare infrastructure. Rising healthcare expenditure is expected to contribute to the growth of the healthcare sector in the country, which, in turn, is expected to complement the industrial growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

In order to cater to the increasing demand from various industries, companies have started expanding their business through mergers, acquisitions, the establishment of new production plants, and geographic expansion strategies. The industry also focuses on research & development activities to develop new technologies for the manufacturing of nitrile gloves.

In March 2020, Hartalega Holdings Berhad announced the purchase of land to expand its glove production facilities in Sepang, Malaysia, as the demand for hand protection has surged owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The acquisition is expected to empower the company to progressively increase its capacity to meet the growing global demand for gloves. Some prominent players in the nitrile gloves market include:

  • Ansell Ltd

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd

  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad

  • Unigloves (UK) Limited

  • Adenna LLC

  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd

  • Superior Gloves

  • MCR Safety

  • Supermax Corporation Berhad

  • Ammex Corporation

  • Cardinal Health

  • Medline Industries, Inc. 

Nitrile Gloves Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2022

USD 6.56 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 10.2 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 5.7% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation

2021

Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company market position analysis, 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

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

Key companies profiled

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

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. 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, 2017 - 2030)

    • Powdered

    • Powder Free

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Disposable

    • Durable

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Medical & Healthcare

      • Examination

      • Surgical

    • Automotive

    • Oil & Gas

    • Food & Beverage

    • Metal & Machinery

    • Chemical & Petrochemical

    • Pharmaceutical

    • Cleanroom

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Russia

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

      • Mexico

      • Chile

      • Peru

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • South Africa

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