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Medical Gloves Market - By Product (Latex Gloves, Nitrile Gloves, Vinyl Gloves, Neoprene Gloves), By Form (Powder-free Gloves, Powdered Gloves), By Application (Examination Gloves, Surgical Gloves), By Usage, By Sterility, By End-use & Forecast, 2022-2030

  • Report ID: GMI4593
  • Published Date: Jul 2022
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Medical Gloves Market Size

Medical Gloves Market size was valued at around USD 21,071 million in 2021 and is estimated to witness a CAGR of over 18.2% from 2022 to 2030 owing to the increasing awareness regarding the safety and hygiene among people due to rising prevalence of several infectious diseases. Increasing number of healthcare facilities in developing countries, growing prevalence of various chronic diseases and notable advancements related to medical gloves is anticipated to generate immense growth opportunities in the market.

Medical Gloves Market

Availability of advanced and variety of medical gloves for treatment, examination and surgical procedures is contributing to the medical gloves market revenue. In developing nations, the prevalence rate of contagious diseases has long been the leading cause of mortality and morbidity.

Moreover, initiatives for increasing healthcare expenditure and developing infrastructure by several nations has significantly proven beneficial for the medical gloves market. Therefore, supportive government initiatives to create awareness regarding safety and hygiene along with chronic disease conditions are further expected to positively impact the market growth.

Medical gloves are personal protective equipment intended to prevent spread of infection and contaminations during patient examination and medical procedures. These gloves act as a barrier and provide protection against any bacterial or fungal infection and safeguard from hazardous chemicals.

The strict prices by several market players for same quality gloves has resulted in lowering the market value among the customers thereby hindering their adoption rate, especially in emerging markets. Emergence of COVID-19 propelled the demand of medical gloves for several healthcare procedures. This resulted in adoption of competitive pricing strategies by several market player for customer acquisition.

For instance, the price of nitrile gloves from Top Glove Corporation Berhad is around USD 24.0 per thousand pieces and the price for similar gloves from Medline Industries, Inc. is around USD 100. In the short run, this cost will be a major factor restricting medical gloves market for some players in the industry. However, in the long run, it will have minimal influence as manufacturers innovate to make their products more affordable.

The COVID-19 outbreak arose as an unprecedented public health concern affecting global industrial sectors, including healthcare services and medical procedures. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the disease burden and clogged healthcare systems with a large influx of coronavirus-infected patients, causing other medical services to suffer. The revised standard operating procedures amended by government regulators, which incorporate social distancing norms and use of PPE kits, have had a favourable impact on the medical gloves market share.

Coronavirus being an infectious disease is highly contagious and can spread through touch and other viral mediums. Personal protective equipment’s were made compulsory for all healthcare professionals which included different type of medical gloves for appropriate procedures.

Guidelines and norms suggested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO), included strict use of medical gloves for all healthcare procedures including examination, surgical interventions, routine check-up, tests, etc. This resulted in high demand of medical gloves in 2020 to safeguard patients and doctors from cross contamination of the disease.

Advancements in medical gloves has increased treatment compliance and promoted the acceptance of medical gloves positively. However, as the prevalence rate of Covid-19 decreased, the demand for personal protective equipment dropped in 2022 resulting in pre-pandemic demand levels for medical gloves. Therefore, effective implementation of strategies to minimize infections and other risks during COVID-19 pandemic surged the demand for medical gloves and is anticipated to uplift the business growth in the coming years positively.

Growing awareness regarding safety and hygiene is anticipated to amplify the market forecasts

Growing awareness among medical professionals in several healthcare settings about the importance of hygiene and safety associated with health consequences will accelerate the medical gloves market share. The upsurge of COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the product adoption and increased the demand of medical gloves for safety and precaution of doctors and patients.

Several healthcare authorities prioritized modifying standard operating protocols in hospitals and promoted the use of personal protective equipment such as medical gloves for surgical and non-surgical purpose. Rising prevalence of hospital-acquired infections and cross contaminations due to unhygienic conditions, particularly in emerging nations will fuel the demand for medical gloves. Bacterial and viral infections can occur within 48 hours of a patient's admission and asymptomatic infection occurs in up to 30% of patients hospitalized. Medical gloves are highly recommended, in order to prevent the spread of bacterial sepsis and hazardous contagions.

Increasing incidences of widespread viral diseases is a growing concern. Therefore, this significant disease incidence associated with hygiene and safety is driving the medical gloves market revenue positively.

Medical Gloves Market Analysis

Global Medical Gloves Market Share, By Product,

Based on product, the nitrile gloves segment held dominating share in 2021 and is expected to reach around USD 17,470 million by 2030 owing to the several benefits and clinical advantages offered by nitrile gloves for healthcare professionals. Nitrile gloves are latex free that promotes their use among people having latex allergies and reduces the potential allergic reactions.

Moreover, additional benefits and properties of nitrile gloves include comfort, tactility, improved heat dissipation, cost effectiveness, less environmental issues and chemical resistance will prove beneficial for the segmental progression. Surging advancements in the manufacturing techniques of these nitrile gloves are stimulating the product adoption rate positively. Market players are focusing on research and development activities for developing innovative nitrile gloves for better operability and affordability.

Based on form, the powder free gloves segment accounted for largest market share in 2021 and is estimated to reach over USD 31,765 million by 2030 due to an increasing preferences of powder free gloves for several surgical and non-surgical procedures. These gloves do not contain starch powder as they are associated with several allergies and side effects when used for prolonged duration and may result in hazardous medical situation.

Powder free gloves offer several benefits including accurate control, better accessibility during patient examination, resilient to temperature alterations, among others. In order to decrease the vulnerability to natural latex proteins, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently issued a safety notice advocating the use of powder-free gloves and reduce the allergens caused by protein content latex gloves.

Based on application, the examination gloves segment held a majority market share in 2021 and is expected to witness a healthy growth to reach more than USD 22,788 million by 2030 owing to the increasing inpatient admissions in hospitals and visit to physicians for health check-up. The growing prevalence of bacterial, viral, and other infectious diseases has led to a rise in medical examinations for diagnosis and treatment.

For instance, according to the reports of Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2021 approximately around 7.2 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with infectious and parasitic disease. The surge of COVID-19 in 2020 increased the adoption rate of medical gloves among several healthcare settings for patient examination to prevent the infection through touch or any other medium.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued several guidelines for healthcare professionals as well as for patients to maintain appropriate distance between individuals and made the use of examination gloves compulsory for all physicians while interacting and checking the patient. Thus, a host of capabilities possessed by examination gloves is projected to augment the business growth in the upcoming years.

Based on usage, the disposable gloves segment held a dominant market share in 2021 and is expected to grow at 18.7% CAGR over the forecast period. The increasing demand for disposable gloves is owing to rising number of patient diagnosis and surgical procedures from chronic, bacterial and viral disorders. These gloves are highly pliable and tear resistant, and act as a protective barrier against biohazards, pathogens, and other hazardous chemicals.

Disposable gloves are intended for only single use that helps to restrict the contamination from infected individual to non-infected people. These gloves are increasingly being adopted by several healthcare settings thereby reducing the wide spread of microbes and protect patients as well as doctors from any further infection from external sources. Therefore, the above-mentioned factors will increase the demand for disposable gloves in healthcare settings and enhance the medical gloves industry revenue.

Global Medical Gloves Market Share, By Sterility

Based on sterility, the non-sterile gloves segment accounted for a major market share in 2021 and is expected to reach over USD 17,909 million by 2030 owing to the rapid use of non-sterile gloves for diversified treatment and examination purpose in various hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, etc. Non-sterile gloves are cost-effective and possesses minimal risk of infection for non-surgical procedures. These gloves can be used multiple times as compared to sterile gloves that are majorly single use and need to be disposed after usage.

Non-sterile gloves are made of latex free material that is more resistant to chemicals and possess anti-bacterial properties. These gloves provide comfort and accessibility to the medical professionals and are resistant to various chemicals. Increasing use of non-sterile gloves for non-surgical procedures, medical examinations, routine check-up, among others will spur the demand of medical gloves across the globe.

Based on distribution channel, the brick-and-mortar stores segment held a dominant market share in 2021 and is expected to grow at 17.2% CAGR by 2030. The brick-and-mortar stores are easily accessible and provide better customer service to remote areas across the globe. Wide distribution network of these stores helps to reach a wide customer base and augment the medical gloves market revenue.

Approximately around 88,000 medical stores are available in the U.S. delivering medical consumables including gloves in various regions of the country. Brick and mortar stores provide instant gratification to the customers and enables to build a strong customer relationship through direct sales. Availability of assured and better quality of products will enhance the acceptance and product adoption in the emerging markets.

Global Medical Gloves Market Size, By End-use

Based on end-use, the hospitals segment held a majority market share in 2021 and is estimated to witness steady growth to reach more than USD 13,490 million by 2030 owing to rising patient preference towards hospitals for quality care and affordability. The availability of a broad range of surgical treatments, medical examination for several disorders, and proper sanitation and hygienic conditions, incorporating medical gloves to keep patient safe is also contributing to the medical gloves market.

Hospitals are also emphasizing on delivering different comprehensive training programs to create awareness regarding safety and hygiene among individuals with personalized and professional support in disease management. Additionally, increasing adoption of medical gloves for several examination procedures in the hospitals have decreased the risk of cross contamination thereby increasing patient compliance. Moreover, launch of user-friendly and cost-effective medical gloves for use in hospitals are the important variables propelling the business growth.

Medical Gloves Market, By Region

U.S. dominated the North American region with a majority market share in 2021 and is anticipated to progress at a notable pace to reach over USD 8,045 million by 2030 due to several factors such as increasing number of surgical procedures, rising prevalence of infectious disease, awareness regarding safety and hygiene and presence of major industry players in the country, among others.

The high incidences of surgical interventions due to prevalence of chronic diseases, road accidents, etc. is set to increase the product acceptances among hospitals, clinics, diagnostics centers, among others. For instance, according to the reports published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in 2021, total number of surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2019-2020 was approximately around 13 million. These statistics are anticipated to fuel the adoption rate of medical gloves in the country.

Additionally, the prominent market players in the region are engaged in new product development & commercialization that facilitates the industrial expansion in North America.

Medical Gloves Market Share

Some of the major market players operating in the medical gloves industry are:

  • Top Glove Corporation Berhad
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Semperit AG Holding
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Ansell Limited
  • Berner International GmbH
  • SHEILD Scientific and Medline Industries, Inc

These market players concentrate on strategic developments such as partnerships, new product launch & commercialization, vertical integration for business expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in R&D activities that enables them to innovate & capitalize on these products that further helps to garner maximum revenue in the market.

Recent industry developments:

  • In January 2020, Medline acquired Médi-Sélect in Canada, a distributor of medical and dental supplies. This acquisition will help Médi-Sélect to acquire new customers in the country thereby, enhancing the revenue growth.
  • In March 2019, Ansell launched a new nitrile exam glove called MICROFLEX MidKnight XTRA that provides the additional benefit of covering the wrist and forearm. This new product launch increased the product portfolio of the company thereby, boosting the company growth.

Medical gloves market report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in (USD Million) and sales (000’ Units) from 2022 to 2030, for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Latex Gloves
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Neoprene Gloves
  • Others

By Form

  • Powder-free Gloves
  • Powdered Gloves

By Application

  • Examination Gloves
  • Surgical Gloves

By Usage

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Reusable Gloves

By Sterility

  • Sterile Gloves
  • Non-sterile Gloves

By Distribution Channel

  • Brick and Mortar
  • E-commerce

By End-use

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Diagnostics Centers
  • Others

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

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia  
    • South Korea 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for medical gloves touched USD 21.07 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to observe a strong CAGR of 18.2% during the forecast period of 2022-2030.

Global nitrile gloves industry revenue will reach USD 17.47 billion by 2030 because these gloves are latex free, which can be helpful for users having latex allergies.

U.S. medical gloves industry value will surpass USD 8.04 billion by 2030 on account of the rising prevalence of infectious diseases, increasing number of surgical procedures, and high awareness regarding maintaining safety & hygiene across hospitals and clinics.

Supermax Corporation Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Cardinal Health, Inc., Semperit AG Holding, Ansell Limited, SHEILD Scientific, and Berner International GmbH, among numerous others, are the top market participants.

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