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Nitrile Gloves Market - by Type (Powdered, Powder-Free), By Grade (Medical, Industrial, Food), By Texture (Smooth, Micro-Roughened, Aggressively Textured), By End-Use (Automotive, Oil & Gas, Construction, Chemical, Pharmaceutical), & Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5051
  • Published Date: Nov 2022
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Nitrile Gloves Market Size

Nitrile Gloves Market size exceeded USD 25 billion in revenue in 2022 and is estimated to expand at more than 9% CAGR during the projected timeline from 2023 to 2032 owing to the substantial growth of the global chemicals industry.

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The widespread use of nitrile gloves due to their favorable qualities, such as their high resistance to alkalis, acids, and chemical solvents, is the main factor fueling the overall industry's growth. Additionally, the proliferating chemical industry worldwide is largely contributing to business expansion. In 2020, the global chemical industry was valued at more than USD 4.25 trillion. Furthermore, the increasing strictness of health and safety norms in medication and medicine handling across numerous nations is likely to further support industry expansion.

Risk of allergies caused by additive chemicals may limit product uptake

Accelerators are used by glove manufacturers during the vulcanization of nitrile gloves. People who are allergic to nitrile gloves are typically allergic to the chemical components contained in these accelerators. Users who are allergic to chemicals can experience skin rashes, hives, and itching. Such problems may limit product adoption, impeding industry growth. However, market players are working on introducing accelerator-free alternatives to address customer needs, which is foreseen to aid the industry in overcoming this restraint.

Nitrile Gloves Market Analysis

Global Nitrile Gloves Market, by powdered type

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Nitrile gloves market is divided based on type into powdered and powder-free segments. The powdered segment was worth over USD 6 billion in 2022 and is set to record significant gains at an over 8% growth rate through 2032. Cornstarch is added to powdered nitrile gloves to keep them from sticking together and to make it easier to wear them. These powdered gloves are highly preferred among medical professionals due to their effective, efficient, and easy application, which is expected to enhance product demand.

Global Nitrile Gloves Market, By Industrial Grade

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As per grade, the nitrile gloves market is segmented into medical grade, industrial grade, and food grade. The report cites that the industrial grade segment is forecast to surpass USD 8.5 billion in revenue by 2032. Industrial gloves have gained prominence in the manufacturing industry. Industrial grade gloves are long-lasting, comfortable, and flexible, as well as resistant to severe chemicals, which makes them ideal for a wide range of industrial applications. Prevalent concerns about employee protection and safety across industries are also slated to positively influence industry statistics.

Global Nitrile Gloves Market, from Micro Roughened Texture

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In terms of texture, the nitrile gloves market is segmented into smooth, micro-roughened, and aggressively textured. The micro-roughened segment size exceeded USD 14.5 billion in revenue in 2022. The widespread use of micro-roughened textured gloves in medical applications is expected to drive substantial growth in this segment. Their rough texture makes them perfect for a range of purposes, such as better grip to hold medical equipment during inspections and operations, which has raised product uptake in healthcare institutions.


Global Nitrile Gloves Market, By Medical & Healthcare end-use

Nitrile gloves market is bifurcated as per end-use into medical & healthcare, metals & machinery, automotive, construction, chemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and others. The medical & healthcare segment valuation is likely to surpass USD 36.5 billion by 2032. Nitrile gloves are protein-free, chemical-resistant, and puncture-resistant, and provide a strong shield of protection against microorganisms, which is anticipated to supplement product demand in the medical & healthcare sector.

North America Nitrile Gloves Market

North America nitrile gloves market registered a valuation of more than USD 10 billion in 2022 and is expected to record more than 8% gains through 2032. Shifting consumer expectations, changes in patient demographics, and the rising presence of new business entrants have resulted in a thriving healthcare business in the region, thereby raising the need for nitrile gloves. Stringent regulations governing health and safety standards in medication handling, along with a burgeoning domestic pharmaceutical industry, are the major factors likely to stimulate regional industry trends.

Nitrile Gloves Market Share

  • Ansell
  • Hartalega
  • Unigloves (UK) Ltd
  • Adenna LLC
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • MCR Safety
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Avantor
  • Medline Industries
  • AMY Group
  • Semperit AG Holding Company
  • Atlantic Safety Group
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Blue Sail.
  • Ammex
  • Kanam Latex
  • Primus Gloves (P) Ltd

. and others are some key manufacturers of nitrile gloves. Companies are adopting strategic initiatives to enhance their product offerings. In January 2022, Kimberly Clark, a multinational personal care company, launched Kimtech Opal Nitrile Gloves for use in research and manufacturing facilities, life sciences, and non-sterile medication manufacturing.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the use of single-use nitrile gloves has increased dramatically. During the early stages of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) established guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Besides the massive usage of medical gloves in hospitals and clinics, there was an upsurge in the production and direct sales of safety products among government organizations, private healthcare providers, and individuals, which is foreseen to positively impact the nitrile gloves industry revenue in the future.

The nitrile gloves market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Million Units and revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Type

  • Powdered
  • Powder-free

By Grade

  • Medical Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Food Grade

By Texture

  • Smooth
  • Micro-roughened
  • Aggressively Textured

By End-use 

  • Medical & Healthcare
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Metals & Machinery
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

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


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global Nitrile Gloves Industry was valued at over USD 25 billion in 2022 and is projected to expand at more than 9% CAGR through 2032 primarily driven by the growing chemicals industry worldwide.

The micro-roughened segment generated over USD 14.5 billion in revenue in 2022 owing to the favorable features of these gloves, such as enhanced grip while handling medical equipment, which is bolstering its adoption in the healthcare industry.

North America market for nitrile gloves was worth more than USD 10 billion in 2022 and is expected to register over 8% gains through 2032. The booming healthcare business in the region is slated to supplement the demand for nitrile gloves.

The industry consists of several prominent enterprises, including Ansell, Hartalega, Unigloves (UK) Ltd, Adenna LLC, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, MCR Safety, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Avantor, Medline Industries, AMY Group, Semperit AG Holding Company, Atlantic Safety Group, Kimberly-Clark CorporationAMY Group, Blue Sail., Ammex, Kanam Latex, Primus Gloves (P) Ltd, and others.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 29
  • Tables & Figures: 358
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 345
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