Rubber Gloves Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Rubber Gloves Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Material (Latex, Nitrile, Neoprene), By Type, By Product, By Distribution Channel, By End Use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Dec, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-269-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 181

Report Overview

The global rubber gloves market size was estimated at USD 7.4 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.7% from 2020 to 2027. Rising awareness among industry players regarding the importance of worker safety and security at workplaces, owing to the stringent regulations and high cost associated with workplace hazards, is anticipated to drive the market.

U.S. rubber gloves market size, by material, 2016 - 2027 (USD Billion)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, governments across various countries around the globe are investing heavily over proper supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), products such as gloves, masks, face shields, and gowns. In addition, major market players are collaborating with hospitals, medical facilities, and NGO’s for supplying PPE equipment directly to gain competitive edge over one another.

The U.S., one of the prominent countries in North America, is heavily emphasizing on safety of the workers operating in industries such as automotive, oil and gas, and chemicals. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018, about 23.0% of industrial injuries occur due to the absence of safety rubber gloves. Companies are getting aware about workplace safety due to stringent safety regulations, which, in turn, is expected to drive the market in the country.

The rising hygiene concerns among people to avoid the spread of infections, virus, bacteria, and other pathogens, caused due to miss handling of food products at restaurants, food and beverage industries, and bakeries. As a result, companies are focusing on urging their workers to wear proper protective equipment to make food products free from any type of infection. The aforementioned factors are expected to drive the market for rubber gloves.

Rubber gloves are increasingly finding applications in various heavy-duty industries such as construction, chemicals, automotive, oil and gas, and waste management, due to stringent regulations towards employees’ safety. In addition, these rubber gloves offer enhanced grip and ease of operations, which is not possible with bare hands.

The adoption of rubber gloves is rising around the globe, owing to the high prevalence of Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), commonly referred to as hospital infections, that people develop during hospital visits, even for general purposes. As per the report published by the WHO, millions of HAI cases, develop every year. Thus governments are emphasizing on increasing the supply of rubber gloves in hospitals for everyone, to make this rate lower.

Material Type Insights

The natural rubber segment led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 41.2% in 2019 owing to their usage in various industries such as medical and healthcare, food processing, oil and gas, and chemicals, for protection against hand injuries and infections. The demand for latex gloves is expected to rise significantly, as they are approved by the FDA for chemical handling and medical surgeries.

The nitrile segment is estimated to witness a CAGR of 15.8% from 2020 to 2027. Nitrile gloves possess various properties such as high barrier protection, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. In addition, these rubber gloves provide better protection against chemical burns as compared to vinyl and latex gloves, due to which their market growth is expected to be high.

Neoprene is produced by performing polymerization operation of chloroprene. Neoprene based gloves offer high resistance stretching, making them snug fit, due to which they offer better grip, as compared to latex and nitrile gloves. The demand for these rubber gloves is expected to be high among food preparation staff, laboratory workers, and medical professionals, owing to the aforementioned characteristics.

Other types of materials for making rubber gloves include isoprene rubber, chloroprene, silicone rubber, and butyl rubber. High heat and chemical resistance coupled with good release properties is anticipated to fuel segment growth over the forecast period. In addition, the rising government expenditures across various developing countries towards the healthcare industry is expected to drive the market.

Product Insights

The disposable rubber gloves segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 71.2% in 2019. The segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 15.1% over the forecasted period. The demand for disposable rubber gloves is expected to be high among the workers in the medical and food processing industry, as they have to use different pair of rubber gloves for different operations, and disposable gloves are meant for single use, and are cost effective in nature.

The demand for disposable rubber gloves has risen considerably in 2020, owing to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus increasing the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The one time usage of disposable gloves has increased among healthcare workers, to avoid cross contamination, during treatments. 

Durable rubber gloves are designed to be used in heavy-duty industries such as oil and gas, construction, chemicals, and automotive. They can be reused multiple times, and offer advantages such as durability, strength, low generation of waste, and other environmental benefits. In addition, these rubber gloves are thicker as compared to disposable gloves, offer better tear resistance, and ensure better hand safety.

The demand for durable rubber gloves is expected to witness limited growth, as compared to disposal gloves, over the forecasted period due to the closure of many manufacturing facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, governments in various countries are taking the necessary steps to resume manufacturing operations and revamp the economic situation, which is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

Type Insights

The powder free rubber gloves segment dominated the rubber gloves market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 70.9% in 2019. The segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 15.8% over the forecasted period. These rubber gloves undergo chlorination process, which makes them less form-fitting to avoid the use of powder for ease of wearing and removal. The demand for these rubber gloves is expected to grow over the forecast period owing to their preference across numerous industries such as medical, food processing, and chemical.

The demand for powdered rubber gloves is expected to rise over the forecasted period, as the powder helps in easy donning, removal, better grip, and results in less sweat and moisture inside the gloves. There are primarily two types of powders used, namely, cornstarch and calcium carbonate. However, health agencies have imposed various mandates on the usage of powders in rubber gloves to prevent any type of skin allergy.

Powder free gloves are expected to witness high growth over the forecasted period, particularly in case the user has wet hands, as they are mostly double chlorinated, making them easy to put on. However, their prices are generally high due to the extra chlorination process, due to which manufacturers are working on the synthesis of effective and less costly processes, to reduce the prices.

The demand for powdered rubber gloves is expected to witness limited growth, as they are governed under various mandates on the usage of powders, and also, they are banned by few agencies such as U.S. Food Drug and Administration (FDA). However, their demand is still high for applications such as laboratory experiments in schools, colleges, and daily usage in local public, owing to their less costs, and easy availability.

Distribution Channel Insights

The physical distribution channel segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 69.1% in 2019. The segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 10.0% over the forecasted period, as it offers easy supply chain management where gloves are manufactured and distributed via wholesalers and retailers to the end consumers. This also helps consumers to buy gloves, whenever they want, as per their preferences.

The online distribution channel segment is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period owing to speedy advancements and developments in the e-commerce industry. However, in some instances, delivery times can be high, in case of less availability or remoteness of the delivery address.

The physical distribution channel is especially prominent in remote places, where the online channel does not cater to or have high delivery charges. However, due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, where governments across various countries had imposed strict lockdowns, and consumers are refraining from going outside, the adoption rate of online channels has increased immensely.

Companies involved in online channel, have invested immensely, in the COVID era, over increasing their supply chain reach and catering to long distances, keeping delivery charges low, for consumer satisfaction, and achieving economies of scale. In addition, they are offering numerous offers based on cart values, to gain a competitive edge over one another.

End-use Insights

The medical and healthcare led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 69.8% in 2019 owing to their wide usage among doctors and patients for preventing cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens during medical tests and surgeries. In addition, the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase the demand for examination gloves among healthcare workers for testing and examination purposes.

The demand of rubber gloves in the automotive industry is estimated to witness a CAGR of 7.9% from 2020 to 2027. Workers in the automotive industry are prone to numerous hazards in the workplace, from sharp edges and tools to harmful chemicals and substances. These rubber gloves offer excellent chemical resistance, against grease, oil, and gasoline, thus avoiding accidents.

Global rubber gloves market share, by end use, 2019 (%)

Rubber gloves are widely used in the oil and gas industry, as the personnel are exposed to heavy duty equipment such as chains, pipes, and tools, and there is a possibility of crush, cut, puncture, and chemical irritation. Rubber gloves offer excellent grip in these conditions and enable them to handle numerous tools, and machinery, with high safety levels.

The demand for rubber gloves in the food and beverage industry is expected to witness a CAGR of more than 9.0%, as they offer an extra level of hygiene during various processes such as preparing, handling, and washing meat, seafood, poultry, desserts, vegetables, and beverages. In addition, these rubber gloves offer protection against food-borne illnesses.

Regional Insights

Europe led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of about 35.0% in 2019. The rising demand for rubber gloves in the region is attributed to the high requirement for protective gloves in industries such as food and beverage, metal manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, and chemicals. In addition, the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries such as Germany and Italy has resulted in high demand for rubber gloves in the medical industry.

The growth in medical and healthcare spending in North America can be attributed to the growing awareness among people for protection against various infections and communicable diseases. In addition, high hygiene expenditure by people in the food and beverage industry is expected to drive the market over the forecasted period.

The demand for rubber gloves in Asia Pacific is expected to increase rapidly. This can be attributed to expenditure by governments across various developing nations such as India, South Korea, Thailand, and Philippines towards the development of the medical industry and to promote medical tourism to earn foreign currency.

Governments across various major economies such as China, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Italy, and India that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are spending heavily towards the development of supply chain of medical supplies such as gloves, masks, and sanitizers.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive due to the presence of a large number of multinational and local market participants. Supply chain development is one of the key strategies adopted by market participants to expand their product offerings and geographical reach to a wider customer base, thereby reinforcing their competitive positions in the market.

In the COVID-19 era, the market participants are forming strategic partnerships with other players in the value chain, to expand their geographical portfolio, at less costs and high quantities, to achieve economies of scale. In addition, distribution network expansion is also one of the important strategies adopted by market players. Some of the prominent players in the rubber gloves market include:

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd

  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad

  • Unigloves (UK) Limited

  • The Glove Company.

  • MAPA Professional

Rubber Gloves Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2020

USD 12.4 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 22.1 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 14.7% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation

2019

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

Material, type, product, distribution channel, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

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

Key companies profiled

Ansell Ltd.; Top Glove Corporation Bhd; Hartalega Holdings Berhad; Unigloves (UK) Limited; The Glove Company; MAPA Professional

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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 rubber gloves market report on the basis of material, type, product, distribution channel, end-use, and region:

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

    • Natural Rubber/Latex

    • Nitrile

    • Neoprene

    • Others

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

    • Powdered

    • Powder Free

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

    • Disposable

    • Durable

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Online

    • Physical

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

    • Medical & Healthcare

    • Automotive

    • Oil & Gas

    • Food & Beverage

    • Metal & Machinery

    • Chemical & Petrochemical

    • Pharmaceutical

    • Cleanroom

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • U.K.

      • Russia

      • France

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Thailand

      • Malaysia

      • Indonesia

      • South Korea

      • Australia

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • UAE

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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