Nitrile Gloves Market By Type (Powder-Free Gloves, Powdered Gloves), By Usage (Disposable Gloves, Reusable Gloves), By Sterility (Sterile Gloves, Non-Sterile Gloves), By End User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, Others) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2024 – 2032

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The global market for nitrile gloves is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period of 2024 to 2032.  Popularly used for disposable gloves, Nitrile gloves are made from a synthetic rubber material. Nitrile has existed for a long time, but in recent years it has become significantly more cost-effective, which explains why it is gaining popularity in the health-care, food, and cleaning industries. Nitrile is the glove material with the highest puncture resistance. Nitrile gloves have greater chemical resistance than latex or vinyl gloves.

Nitrile Gloves Market

In addition, various product variations and technological advancements will be significant growth drivers over the forecast period. As the utility of nitrile gloves expands across multiple industries, there will be a substantial increase in demand. Oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and tending, and the automotive industry are among the industries that may be significant consumers of these gloves.Hygiene is gaining prominence in the healthcare, beauty, and food care industries, especially as global awareness of viral and bacterial infections increases. It is important to note that the cost of nitrile gloves significantly contributes to their dependability and utility. During the forecast period, this factor would present numerous opportunities for growth to market participants.

Pressure to Provide Safety-Compliant, Cost-Effective Products

The glove manufacturing supply chain was burdened by unanticipated difficulties at the beginning of 2021. In particular, there is a high demand for nitrile gloves, but this vital personal protective equipment is in short supply. This has resulted in a plethora of problems for end-users, glove manufacturers, and everyone in between.In addition, only a few companies in the United States manufacture nitrile gloves. This was never an issue in the past, but due to the sudden increase in demand for nitrile protective gloves, many local distributors were forced to seek out international suppliers.

Since market demand for nitrile gloves is high and there is a shortage, price increases are inevitable. In addition to the scarcity of raw materials and everything else, the insufficiency of manufacturers able to keep up with demand has resulted in significant price increases for distributors. Consequently, it affects end users, who must now pay a higher price.Consequently, sacrificing quality and increasing prices may hinder market growth during the given forecast period.

Powder-Free Gloves Captured the Lion’s Share of Market by Product

In 2023, powder-free gloves held approximately 85% of the total nitrile gloves market.

In a medical facility, powdered protective gloves have been identified as the single largest source of latex aeroallergens. Attaching latex proteins to powdered gloves enables aerosolization. In addition to its superior chemical and puncture resistance properties, Nitrile's primary advantage as a disposable glove material is its comfortable fit and 100% latex-free construction. Even employees with a latex allergy can wear these nitrile gloves for extended periods without discomfort. Nitrile gloves are available with a variety of cuff lengths to accommodate various applications. Standard short-cuff gloves are suitable for the majority of applications and general use.

As powder free gloves undergo a chlorination process or polymer coatings such as acrylics, silicones, and hydrogels, they are less form fitting; consequently, healthcare facilities have replaced latex gloves with powder free nitrile gloves. Powder-free gloves are suitable for use in the automotive industry because they leave no residue.The market for powdered nitrile gloves is anticipated to increase by 4.5% during the forecast period of 2024 to 2032. Powdered nitrile gloves have either a coating of cornflour or calcium carbonate, which makes them easier to put on, improves grip, and reduces internal moisture. Long-term use of powdered nitrile gloves may result in skin sensitivities or allergies.

Using Single-Use Gloves to Prevent the Spread of Infections in Healthcare Settings

In 2023, disposable gloves held a market share of approximately 85.0%. In healthcare or care settings, disposable gloves are used to prevent the spread of infection among patients and healthcare workers. When providing adequate care and assistance to a patient, especially if the carer will come into contact with bodily fluids, disposable gloves are worn. After each procedure or contact with a patient, the gloves will be removed and discarded, and the individual will be required to wash or sanitise their hands. This will increase future demand for disposable gloves.

Over the forecast period, the demand for durable products is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 5.5%. Durable nitrile gloves offer benefits such as durability, strength, low waste production, and other environmental advantages. Durable gloves are intended for extended use, particularly in the oil & gas, chemical & petrochemical, automotive, and metal & machinery industries, where heavy-duty work environments prevail.Durable nitrile gloves are thicker than disposable ones, allowing them to provide superior durability. However, they lack the sensitivity of disposable alternatives and can be uncomfortable for intricate tasks. In addition, they require more frequent cleaning after use, which makes them less convenient than disposable gloves.

An Increase In Surgical Procedures And HAIs Will Increase The Demand For Nitrile Gloves

In 2023, sterile gloves held a market share of approximately 72.5%. An increase in surgical procedures necessitates FDA-approved sterile gloves. These gloves are subjected to multiple disinfection and sterilisation processes that eliminate the vast majority of germs and microorganisms, thereby increasing the demand for sterile gloves in the future.

Increasing Demand for Nitrile Gloves to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Infections

In 2023, hospitals hold a larger market share of approximately 62%. Gloves create a barrier between germs and the hands. This reduces the likelihood that health care professionals or patients will contract additional diseases. It is essential that hospitals keep their medical supply gloves in good condition. Hand hygiene is an effective method for preventing infections. According to CDC 2020, healthcare professionals disinfect their hands for less time than they should, affecting one in every 31 hospital patients per day. While receiving treatment for another condition, both patients and medical personnel are susceptible to contracting an infection.

In hospitals and other medical settings, such as dialysis clinics and nursing homes, the prevention of germs is of utmost importance, driving the market for nitrile gloves.The automotive industry's demand for nitrile gloves is anticipated to increase by 5.5% over the forecast period. The need for safety from sharp edges and tools to harmful chemicals and substances is anticipated to increase demand for this product in the automotive industry.Workers in the pharmaceutical industry are exposed to biological agents, chemical substances, and drugs, posing a variety of occupational risks. The demand for nitrile gloves is likely to increase as they protect both pharmaceutical products and workers from chemical hazards, thereby increasing their utility.

Market Competition to Intensify during the Forecast Period

Principally, manufacturers in the market for nitrile gloves invest in R&D in order to introduce new product lines. The market for Nitrile Medical Gloves is fragmented and composed of a number of major players. In terms of market share, a small number of major players currently dominate the industry. Dynarex Corporation, Ansell LTD, Halyard, Superior Gloves, Shield Scientific, Renco Corporation, TG Medical Inc, Reflexx S.p.A., HighTech Conversions Inc, and The Glove Company are among the current market leaders.

For example:

  • Ansell Limited completed the acquisition of the Primus brand and related assets, including the Sanrea Healthcare Products Life Science and Primus Gloves industries, in January 2021. ("Primus"). Primus & Ansell Additionally, Ansell and Primus have formed a supply alliance. Primus, an Indian manufacturer and supplier of gloves for the Specialty Medical and Life Science sectors, is one of the few global manufacturers of renowned long-cuff gloves. This acquisition increases the company's market presence in this crucial Indian market and accelerates the growth of its Life Sciences division.
  • Honeywell and Premier Inc. formed a new business partnership in May 2021 to increase production of nitrile examination gloves in the United States. In its first year, this new alliance is anticipated to produce at least 750 million nitrile test gloves. Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare professionals in the United States will have access to domestically produced exam gloves through this partnership.

Historical & Forecast Period

This study report represents analysis of each segment from 2022 to 2032 considering 2023 as the base year. Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each of the respective segments estimated for the forecast period of 2024 to 2032.

The current report comprises of quantitative market estimations for each micro market for every geographical region and qualitative market analysis such as micro and macro environment analysis, market trends, competitive intelligence, segment analysis, porters five force model, top winning strategies, top investment markets, emerging trends and technological analysis, case studies, strategic conclusions and recommendations and other key market insights.

Research Methodology

The complete research study was conducted in three phases, namely: secondary research, primary research, and expert panel review. key data point that enables the estimation of Nitrile Gloves market are as follows:

  • Research and development budgets of manufacturers and government spending
  • Revenues of key companies in the market segment
  • Number of end users and consumption volume, price and value.
  • Geographical revenues generate by countries considered in the report
  • Micro and macro environment factors that are currently influencing the Nitrile Gloves market and their expected impact during the forecast period.

Market forecast was performed through proprietary software that analyzes various qualitative and quantitative factors. Growth rate and CAGR were estimated through intensive secondary and primary research. Data triangulation across various data points provides accuracy across various analyzed market segments in the report. Application of both top down and bottom-up approach for validation of market estimation assures logical, methodical and mathematical consistency of the quantitative data.

Research Period  2022-2032
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period  2024-2032
Historical Year  2022
Unit  USD Million
  • Powder-Free Gloves
  • Powdered Gloves

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Reusable Gloves

  • Sterile Gloves
  • Non-Sterile Gloves

End User
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Clinics
  • Diagnostic Centers
  • Others

 Region Segment (2022-2032; US$ Million)

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America
  • UK and European Union
    • UK
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC
    • Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

Key questions answered in this report

  • What are the key micro and macro environmental factors that are impacting the growth of Nitrile Gloves market?
  • What are the key investment pockets with respect to product segments and geographies currently and during the forecast period?
  • Estimated forecast and market projections up to 2032.
  • Which segment accounts for the fastest CAGR during the forecast period?
  • Which market segment holds a larger market share and why?
  • Are low and middle-income economies investing in the Nitrile Gloves market?
  • Which is the largest regional market for Nitrile Gloves market?
  • What are the market trends and dynamics in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa?
  • Which are the key trends driving Nitrile Gloves market growth?
  • Who are the key competitors and what are their key strategies to enhance their market presence in the Nitrile Gloves market worldwide?
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