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Disposable Gloves Market - By Product Type (Powdered Gloves, Powder-Free Gloves), By End-Use, By Material Type & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6824
  • Published Date: Sep 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Disposable Gloves Market Size

Disposable Gloves Market size was valued at around USD 12.3 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.9% between 2023 and 2032. Increased awareness of safety and hygiene precautions, notably in healthcare settings and the foodservice sector, have contributed to the disposable glove industry expansion.

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Demand increased even more because of the COVID-19 epidemic, creating problems for the supply chain and changing prices. Regulatory scrutiny has raised quality standards while improvements in product quality and sustainability have been made thanks to innovations in glove materials and production techniques.

The industry landscape has also been changed by market consolidation and international growth, with major firms engaged in severe competition for market share. Disposable gloves are an industry positioned for continuous growth as the world continues to struggle with health crises and hygiene issues, driven by changing customer expectations and a renewed focus on health and safety.

COVID-19 Impact

The disposable gloves market was severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to increased awareness of the need for cleanliness and infection control procedures in hospital settings, public places, and a variety of industries, the demand for disposable gloves increased rapidly as the virus spread over the world. Due to the enormous supply chain issues this increase in demand caused, there were shortages and price volatility. To guarantee domestic supplies, many governments enacted export restrictions as manufacturers battled to meet the rising demand. The pandemic also emphasised the significance of glove quality and safety standards, leading to tighter regulatory oversight. To satisfy the rising demand while maintaining product quality, the industry also experienced improvements in glove materials and manufacturing techniques.

Disposable Gloves Market Trends

An increase in demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable glove solutions because of regulatory requirements and environmental challenges. As an alternative to conventional disposable gloves, biodegradable and compostable materials are becoming more popular. Additionally, the COVID-19 epidemic has hastened the adoption of gloves in several areas, including catering, manufacturing, and retail. This has led to a continued high demand for gloves. Supply chain resilience has been improved by the observation of market consolidation and vertical integration among enterprises. In addition, technical developments, such as the creation of smart gloves with built-in sensors and connection, are expected to spur industry innovation and broaden the range of available products. Overall, the disposable glove industry is developing to accommodate shifting customer tastes, environmental objectives, and the continued demand for personal protective equipment.

Disposable Gloves Market Analysis

Disposal Gloves Market Size, By Product , 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Disposable gloves market is classified into two types based on whether they are powdered or powder-free. Powdered gloves are often made with cornflour or another powder to make them easier to put on and remove. However, due to worries about powder potentially causing skin irritation and contamination in delicate situations such as healthcare. the market has shifted in recent years towards powder-free gloves & held a majority market value of USD 7.92 billion in 2022. Powder-free gloves have grown in popularity due to their benefits in terms of reduced allergic reactions, lower contamination risk, and compliance with various industrial laws and standards. Powdered gloves are still available and utilised in some applications, although their market share is progressively declining in favour of powder-free alternatives.

Disposal Gloves Market Size, By Product, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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The disposable gloves market is segmented by material, with each type holding varying market shares. Latex gloves, known for their comfort and tactile sensitivity, have historically held a significant share 44.4% in 2022, but concerns about latex allergies have led to a decline in their usage. Nitrile gloves have seen substantial growth due to their latex-free nature, exceptional chemical resistance, and durability, especially in healthcare and industrial settings. Vinyl gloves, though affordable, have a smaller market share and are commonly used for light-duty applications. Neoprene gloves find niche applications where resistance to chemicals and punctures is crucial. Polyethylene gloves, the most economical option, are commonly used in food handling and general-purpose tasks. The market share among these materials reflects a balance between factors like performance, cost, and safety considerations across various industries.

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals represent one of the largest segments, with a substantial market share in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 3.7% CAGR through 2032. Driven by the essential role of gloves in infection control and patient safety. Food and Beverage follows closely, with strict hygiene requirements leading to a consistent demand for gloves in food handling and preparation. Automotive and Manufacturing industries also hold a significant share due to the need for protection against chemicals, oils, and mechanical hazards.

The Chemical and Petrochemical sector, requiring gloves with high chemical resistance, maintains a notable presence. Cleanroom and Electronics industries have a smaller but specialized share, emphasizing contamination control in sensitive environments. Lastly, Janitorial and Cleaning Services, while smaller individually, collectively contribute to the overall market, driven by the general use of gloves for cleaning tasks. The market share distribution reflects the diverse applications and safety needs across these sectors.

 U.S. Disposable Gloves Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Billion)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 1.21 billion in 2022. The United States has consistently dominated the North American disposable gloves market share. This dominance can be attributed to several factors, including the country's large healthcare sector, stringent hygiene regulations, and high demand for disposable gloves in various industries such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, manufacturing, and automotive.

The U.S. also has a robust manufacturing infrastructure for disposable gloves, with several major glove manufacturers operating within the country. Additionally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further escalated the demand for disposable gloves, solidifying the U.S.'s position as the dominant player in the North American market. While Canada and Mexico also contribute to the regional market, the sheer size and diversity of industries in the United States make it the primary driver of disposable glove market growth in North America.

Disposable Gloves Market Share

Some of the major players operating in the disposable gloves market are

  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad
  • Ansell Limited
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Semperit AG Holding

These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Disposable Gloves Industry News:

  • March 2023: Ansell Limited, a global leader in protection solutions, and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 23 February 2023, embarking on critical work to map out a pathway for Ansell to develop a strategic management approach to its biodiversity footprint.

Disposable Gloves Market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Units from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By product

  • Powdered Gloves
  • Powder-Free Gloves

By Material

  • Latex Gloves
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Neoprene Gloves
  • Polyethylene Gloves

By End Use

  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Food and Beverage
  • Automotive and Manufacturing
  • Chemical and Petrochemical
  • Cleanroom and Electronics
  • Janitorial and Cleaning Services

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Austria
    • Poland
    • Belgium
    • The Netherland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Peru
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • Turkey
    • Egypt


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for disposable gloves was worth USD 12.3 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 18 billion by 2032 attributed to the increased awareness of safety and hygiene precautions, notably in healthcare settings and the foodservice sector.

Disposable gloves industry from the powder-free segment generated USD 7.9 billion in revenue in 2022 and is set to gain traction through 2032 due to benefits, such as reduced allergic reactions, lower contamination risk, and compliance with various industrial laws and standards.

U.S. disposable gloves market size reached USD 1.21 billion in 2022 and is projected to expand significantly through 2032 attributed to the large healthcare sector, stringent hygiene regulations, and high demand for disposable gloves in various industries.

Some of the prominent disposable glove providersare Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad, Ansell Limited, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Semperit AG Holding & others.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 13
  • Tables & Figures: 264
  • Countries covered: 31
  • Pages: 210
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