Industrial Safety Gloves Market Size By Material (Nitrile Gloves, Natural Rubber Gloves, Vinyl Gloves, Neoprene Gloves, Polyethylene Gloves), By Product (Reusable Gloves [Supported Knitted, Knitted, Dipped], Disposable Gloves [Disposable Thin Mill, Cut Gloves. General Purpose Gloves, Chemical Gloves]), By Application (Reusable Gloves [Machinery, Automotive, Metal Fabrication, Oil & Gas, Chemical, Construction, Food Processing, Aviation, Healthcare], Disposable Gloves [Aerospace, Food Processing, Flat Panels, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductors]), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

Published Date: September 2016 | 280 Pages | Report ID: GMI771 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Industrial Safety Gloves Market size was valued at USD 4.0 billion in 2015, while industry anticipates revenue to grow at 6.5% by 2023.

U.S. Industrial Safety Gloves Market size, by material, 2012-2023 (USD Million)
U.S. Industrial Safety Gloves Market size, by material, 2012-2023 (USD Million)


Technology influences human existence by bringing new risks as well as improvements to our lives. An advance in each application requires unique product protection and properties (right glove for every worker performing a specific task). For the protection of hands while handling sharp edges, manipulating small parts or working in oily conditions, packaging of chemical materials, advancements such as X-ray, MRI, and electronics, and protection from hot or cold thermal hazards, will drive global industrial protective gloves market size.

Shift in focus towards growing worker safety across mining, construction, chemical and manufacturing sectors should drive global market growth. Statistically, wearing gloves reduces the relative risk of hand injury by about 60 percent, making it one of the most effective industrial injury prevention programs.

Pharmaceutical labs, electronics clean rooms, automotive manufacturing, or food processing industries require protection designed to enhance safety, which cut the risk of product contamination along with improved performance. Of late, the industrial safety glove manufacturing industry is also keen to enhance the product comfort and customization options as these reduce wearer stress levels and help in making products more user-friendly.

Rapid industrialization in India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa is anticipated to boost the demand for these products. Occupational safety regulations play a major role in driving global industrial safety gloves market size. Mandated policies by agencies for companies to keep up workers’ safety in industries may fuel product demand. Under Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA is responsible for maintaining safe and healthier working conditions for workers mainly in areas which are surrounded by contaminated waste and hazardous matter. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has also added standards related to worker’s health and safety in 1990.

Allergic reactions to latex may be serious but are rarely fatal. In the U.S., OSHA estimates that 8 to 12% of health care workers are latex sensitive. One suffering from latex allergy should limit or avoid future exposure to latex products. Symptoms may include redness, immediate itching, and swelling of the skin that touched the item containing latex. These and other latex allergic reactions have resulted in the demand for non-latex or low protein latex gloves.

Many industries have started recognizing the need for practical substitutes and are looking towards non-latex alternatives for product procurement. This has affected the product demand statistics and market shares and poses a threat to latex. Additionally, raw material costs have fluctuated due to change in climatic conditions and stocking of raw materials, may face tight supply situation and effect industrial safety gloves market price trend.

Industrial Safety Gloves Market, By Material

Natural rubber industrial safety gloves market size was valued at over USD 1.6 billion in 2015. Natural rubber latex (NRL) products are widely used for protection from disinfectants and other related harmful chemical agents in healthcare environment.

Nitrile gloves market may significantly grow at over 8% CAGR. Due to its higher resilience to chemical and puncture as compared to latex and vinyl. It finds application in food services and medical devices due to its enhanced durability, chemical and barrier protection.

Industrial Safety Gloves Market, By Product

Supported knitted dominated the reusable industrial safety gloves market share and generated over USD 1.2 billion in 2015. It finds application in automotive, construction, general purpose, refuse collection, timber handling and warehousing industries.

Dipped gloves are mainly used in light assembly and general maintenance type situations. It is used in solid waste management, glass & oil refinery, food & beverage, metal fabrication and pharmaceutical industries.

Cut products may witness gains at over 6.5% CAGR up to 2023. Rising safety concerns mainly hand and arm protection against abrasions and cuts in workplace environment mainly glass, metal, shipping and construction industry should drive product demand.

Industrial Safety Gloves Market, By Application

Machinery market size generated at over USD 380 million in 2015. Machinery gloves are used in equipment handling and protect against oil or grease, thermal effect and cuts & abrasions. Favorable regulations for workplace protection and consumer awareness should drive industrial safety gloves demand.

Automotive industrial protective gloves market share is set to witness over 7% growth up to 2023. Rapid growth in automobile industry in China, India, UK and Germany coupled with automotive manufacturing & maintenance activities may drive demand in these regions.

Chemical applications, with positive outlook in floor safety production, raw material storage, chemical handling & transportation and storage & warehouse may drive growth. Stringent regulations and standards in chemical industry should favor product demand.

Semiconductor usage was valued at over USD 320 million in 2015. These are amorphous or crystalline solids with distinct electrical characteristics. Semiconductor industry uses cleanroom gloves to prevent fingerprints, contamination and any change in surface characteristic from particulate deposition when subject to human contact.

Food processing may witness over 7% growth up to 2023. Strict regulations imposed by FDA to protect food & beverages products from personnel handling may drive safety gloves demand.

Industrial Safety Gloves Market, By Region

Increasing construction spending has driven U.S. industrial safety gloves market size, along with Canada, to generate over USD 980 million in 2015. Rapid industrialization along with rising health awareness in industries and safety regulations implementation are key driving factors in this region.

Europe, with dominant UK, France and Germany industrial safety gloves market size, may witness gains at over 5.5%. Strict regulations for workers’ protection against occupational hazards may propel product demand.

Asia Pacific has witnessed a surge in industrial protective clothing market demand during recent times. Countries in the region such as India, China, South Korea and Japan have adopted stringent frameworks for health & safety of workers in hazardous environments.


Competitive Market Share

To compete in this dynamic industry, manufacturers have to understand the buying habits and needs of the consumer. Global industrial safety gloves market share is highly consolidated with top six companies accounting for over 70% of total share in 2015. Ansell, Top Gloves, Hartalega, Kossan, Latexx Partners and Supermax Corporation are key notable players.

Other industrial participants include Acme Safety, Honeywell International, MCR Safety, RFB, Rubberex, Towa Corporation, Dipped Products, Showa, Longcane Industries and Riverstone Holdings.

Ansell enhanced new product platforms and improved selling tools in cut protection division with HyFlex introduction. Kossan offers latex, nitrile, surgical and cleanroom gloves. It also produces technical rubber products for the automotive, industrial and construction industry

Industrial Safety Gloves Industry Background

In the U.S., about 15% of country’s workers was less than 23 years of age. Limited knowledge about health hazards and occupational safety are problems affecting industry. In 2012, over 8,000 workplace fatalities was estimated. Approximately, 10% of these injuries are associated with exposure to harmful substances, fires and explosions. Active participation by industries to improve safety standards in line with rigorous regulatory framework has brought down the number of fatal workplace injuries to 3,405 by 2015.

Regulations, including OSHA, in North America and Europe are key driving factors for industrial safety gloves market. Total quality management (TQM) have also influenced product demand. Regulatory agencies in Middle East and Asia Pacific are implementing strict regulations to take care of their worker’s safety on account of rising hazards.

Key raw material producers are located in Malaysia, exports and distributes gloves to more than 180 countries. Presently, latex gloves from Malaysia are largely exported to China, India, Thailand and Indonesia, which are more price-sensitive. US, UK and Western Europe are expected to show preference towards adoption on nitrile gloves as nitrile generally offers better margins compared to latex gloves.

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