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Global Nitrile Gloves Market Size by Type (Powdered, Powder-Free), by Grade (Medical, Industrial, Food), by Texture (Smooth, Micro-Roughened, Aggressively Textured), by End-Use (Medical & Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Construction, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Metals & Machinery), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5051
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Nitrile gloves market size exceeded USD 4.2 Billion, in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 13.1% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Increasing preference for nitrile gloves from industrial applications such as oil & gas, chemical, metals & machineries, automotive industries to keep workforce safe should contribute towards the market growth across the globe.

Increasing number of accidents including hand and finger injuries in oil & gas industry has prompted companies to focus more on hand injury prevention gear which should boost nitrile gloves market growth. Cut, crushing and puncture and serious injuries caused to workers during various procedures in oil and gas industry and hence gloves are used to prevent workers from such hazards.

Nitrile Gloves Market Outlook

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Nitrile gloves are cut resistant, oil repellant, impact, and abrasion resistant and provides high grip preferred for various procedures including unloading of lines and valves, running tools into well bore, releasing of drill string slips and installation of rigs among several others which should augment the nitrile gloves market share.

Furthermore, increasing demand for gloves that are resistant to chemical degradation and protecting hands of workers should boost product demand. Nitrile gloves offer good chemical resistant and are cost effective as compared to other gloves therefore used for wide range of applications in chemical laboratories. Nitrile gloves are widely used in chemical laboratories as it protects from chemical hazards and enhances chemical handling task which should accelerate nitrile gloves market revenue.

Increased usage of powder-free gloves due to rising incidences of allergic reactions in people using powdered gloves should drive segment growth

Increasing demand for powder-free in several end-use industries like food & beverage industry. The powder free type segment is anticipated to grow over USD 8,400 million by the end of 2027. Since, powder free gloves offer excellent durability and strength suitable for chemical oil, water use and food applications. It provides ability to prevent contamination which can harm human health owing to its wide demand from food processing industries. These gloves offer dexterity and high level of grip owing to their application in mechanics industry, lab, and scientific industry.

Nitrile Gloves Market from Powder Free Type

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Moreover, the powder free gloves are skin friendly and prevents the risk of allergy and sensitivities and therefore can be worn for a longer time. Additionally, increasing hygiene and health standards is likely to surge demand for powder free gloves which in turn should boost the nitrile gloves market.

Stringent regulation for food safety should drive food grade nitrile gloves industry

Global food grade nitrile gloves segment is projected to surpass USD 750 million by the end of 2027 owing to rising imposition of stringent regulations on food safety in food & beverage industry. In addition, growing concern about hygiene in food processing industry should propel market growth over the projected period.

Nitrile gloves are the safest material choice for handling food owing to their ability to offer less contamination and less chance of breakage. These gloves are used for cleaning purpose and is the strongest material for food handling which is anticipated to stimulate the nitrile gloves market value from food processing industry.

The texture and material of nitrile gloves are food safe and approved by FDA and HACCP. Furthermore, these nitrile gloves have excellent ability to stop harmful bacterium and micro-organisms that can harm food products. These gloves are additive free, longer, stronger, safe, and comfortable to wear even on wet hands in food processing environment. These listed factors are attributing to food grade nitrile gloves demand across the globe.  

Increasing usage of textured nitrile gloves are supporting market growth

Nitrile Gloves Market from Aggressively Textured

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Global nitrile gloves market from aggressively textured gloves was valued at around USD 1,190 million in 2020. as it has wider acceptance in automotive, construction, metal & machinery industry owing to its ability to offer extreme grip to hold and fit even small objects such as nuts and bolts. It offers extra thickness and texture provides wearer with reliable grip for protection against slippery objects and tools.

Aggressively textured gloves offer ceramic powder finish grip and offer good grip in even oily and wet conditions due to which its demand from construction, automotive, metal and machinery industry is projected to witness market growth. Government rules and regulation for safety of workers and labourers at workplace should drive aggressively textured gloves demand from industries.

Significant usage of nitrile gloves should propel market growth from automotive application

Nitrile Gloves Market from Automotive Application

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Automotive application is likely to grow with the CAGR of 12.5% by the end of 2027 owing to growing awareness about industrial safety and mandatory usage of safety gears at workplace. These safety gloves cater major applications in automotive industry which includes body painting, assembly, press shop operations and dexterity application in which required level of abrasion resistant, cut resistant and sweat resistant varies. Nitrile gloves withstand high temperatures without melting or cracking and are resistant to fuel, chemicals, and oils.

Additionally, nitrile gloves like aggressively textured gloves offer hard wearing when in contact with sharp edges. It is also offer grip to the wearer, good dexterity and protection from scrapes. Thereby, it has massive demand in automotive industry. Nitrile gloves are used for quick tire changing and dead battery jumps as they are light in weight, sanitized, comfortable, grippy and durable and protect hands from cuts and scratches which should boost product demand from automotive industry.

Growing sales of automobiles including commercial and passenger cars should boost growth of automotive industry thereby stimulating the nitrile glove market growth. For instance, among the countries of North America U.S. car and automobile manufacturing market was estimated at over USD 95 billion in 2019, which should positively impact regional market growth. 

Substantial demand of nitrile gloves from pharmaceutical industry is supporting market growth in North America region

Nitrile Gloves Market by Region

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North America should exceed USD 3,750 Million by 2027 owing to growing pharmaceutical industry and significant demand for nitrile gloves from the end-use industry. Nitrile gloves are widely used in pharmaceutical industry owing to their ability to withstand viral penetration and prevents contamination of drugs.

Rising stringent rules in the region regarding health and safety standards in handling drugs and medicines should fuel overall gloves market growth. Contamination of drugs by biological agents lead to serious consequences in patients which makes use of nitrile gloves essential for safety purpose and is anticipated to augment the nitrile gloves market sales. Booming pharmaceutical industry in the region is stipulating towards product growth. For instance, in 2020 the U.S pharmaceutical sales were around USD 510 billion.

Exclusive product launches and research & development activities to be key business strategies incorporated by manufacturers

Global nitrile gloves industry is fragmented, and key players include Supermax Corporation, KINGFA SCI. & TECH. COMPANY LIMITED, Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Top Glove Corporation, Kossan Rubber Industries, Medline Industries, Inc., YTY Group, Semperit Investments Asia Pte Ltd., VWR and others. Industry players are also engaged in various activities in order to expand their product portfolio and market position in the nitrile gloves market. For instance:

In March 2021, Hartalega Holdings Berhad has invested USD 1.71 billion to manufacture 16 new glove factories in northern region of Malaysia. Likewise, in June 2018, Hartalega Holdings Bhd.  has launched the world’s first non-leaching antimicrobial glove in the UK market. The company will strengthen its market position in the European safety gloves market.

Likewise, on 4th January 2021, Ansell Limited has acquired life science business from primus gloves and strengthen its market position. Also, in March 2019, Ansell Limited has launched nitrile exam gloves known as MICROFLEX MidKnight XTRA. Through this company has strengthen its product portfolio.

Nitrile gloves market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Million Units) and revenue in USD (Million) from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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 has been provided for the following regions:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • 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, Amit Rawat

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Nitrile gloves market share was valued at USD 4.2 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 13.1% from 2021 to 2027.

Powder-free gloves will register a revenue of more than USD 8,400 million through 2027, driven by the excellent strength and durability which is suitable for water use, chemical oil, and food applications.

Food grade nitrile gloves will exceed a valuation of USD 750 million through 2027 due to the surging imposition of strict regulations on food safety in the food & beverage sector.

Textured nitrile gloves recorded a valuation of USD 1,190 million in 2020 and will depict lucrative growth, given their wide adoption in the construction, automotive, and metal & machinery industries.

Nitrile gloves are used across various industries including food & beverage, construction, medical & healthcare, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, automotive, metals & machinery and chemical.

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  • Published Date: May 2021
  • Companies covered: 29
  • Tables & Figures: 349
  • Countries covered: 5
  • Pages: 325

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