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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 Growth Potential, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Price Trends, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2022 – 2028

  • Report ID: GMI5051
  • Published Date: Apr 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Nitrile Gloves Market size surpassed USD 22 billion in 2021 and is estimated to exhibit over 8.9% CAGR from 2022 to 2028. The industry growth is supported by the growing demand due to the significant prevalence of COVID-19 cases in conjunction with the expanding healthcare and chemicals sectors.

Nitrile Gloves Market Outlook

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Nitrile gloves are widely utilized in healthcare and other industries for a variety of purposes. For surgeons and other healthcare personnel who are frequently in direct touch with sharp equipment, blood, infections, and other toxic substances, these gloves protect the skin from contamination and prevent cross-contamination.

The nitrile gloves market is anticipated to grow at a high pace over the coming years owing to rising consumer concerns about personal health and safety. The outbreak of COVID-19 is one of the key factors supporting the growth of nitrile gloves in the medical & healthcare sector. Moreover, COVID-19 surges will also increase the demand for gloves in the institutional and household sectors such as food services, retailers, offices, schools, and indoors & outdoors.

In addition, surging awareness of workers’ security in the construction, mining, chemical, oil & energy, and machinery industries will propel the market statistics. The coronavirus pandemic, on the other hand, is impeding the industrial value chain. Due to the rising acceptance of locally produced gloves across several industrial verticals, market players are facing stiff competition.

Rising incidences of allergic reactions to propel the demand for powder-free nitrile gloves

Nitrile Gloves Market Size By Type

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Based on product type, the nitrile gloves market is segmented into powdered and powder-free gloves. Powder-free nitrile gloves are anticipated to observe a CAGR of 9% during the given timespan. Ban on the use of powdered gloves in healthcare facilities by the FDA further reduces the demand for powdered nitrile gloves; hence, this factor positively impacts the growth of powder-free nitrile gloves in the medical & healthcare industry. In addition, powder-free gloves are also experiencing growing acceptance in the food & beverage industry.

Medical-grade nitrile gloves to experience significant demand from end-users

Nitrile Gloves Market Size By Grade

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Nitrile gloves market from medical grade exceeded USD 16 billion in 2021, thereby, acquiring the leading position in the industry. Healthcare practitioners use these gloves when examining patients and operating on them. When in direct touch with patients, medical professionals, such as dentists, nurses, lab techs, surgeons, doctors, and pharmacists, utilize disposable gloves to keep patients and themselves free of contamination & other hospital-acquired infections, which will boost product demand. Furthermore, the developing medical & healthcare industry and the global spread of infectious diseases will drive the overall market outlook.

The strong grip offered by textured gloves to augment product consumption

Nitrile Gloves Market Share By Texture

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Nitrile gloves market from micro-roughened gloves are anticipated to show lucrative growth, followed by aggressively textured gloves over the forecast period. Micro-roughened gloves are the lightest form of texturing, accounting for roughly 95% of nitrile gloves. These gloves have gently sanded surfaces and provide great stability when grasping small objects, followed by the enhanced grip for holding instruments without interfering with the inspection, procedure, or patient. These gloves do not require sterile conditions during operations, such as blood tests that might result in infection, and they protect the wearer from pharmaceutical & hazardous substances. Micro-roughened medical examination gloves are commonly used to minimize infection between patients and caregivers, which will help the market to grow faster.

The expanding medical & healthcare sector will provide a growth engine to the nitrile gloves industry

The medical & healthcare industry segment is projected to showcase a CAGR of 9.1% over the forecast timeframe. One of the main factors supporting the segment growth is the outbreak of coronavirus across the world. The rising concern toward safety & hygiene and fear of the spreading virus have led to a surge in product demand in the retail sector. Additionally, an unpredicted rise in COVID-19 cases is also contributing to the burgeoning production demand.

North America to be the leading consumer of nitrile gloves among all regions

Nitrile Gloves Market Share By Region

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Among all regions, North America is anticipated to acquire a major share in the global nitrile gloves market, which accounted for over 40% of the product demand in 2021. The presence of diverse services and manufacturing industries coupled with stringent governing rules & regulations for industrial safety are expected to remain major factors, driving the sales of nitrile gloves in North America. Nitrile gloves are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry owing to their ability to withstand viral penetration and prevent contamination of drugs. Rising stringent rules in the region on health & safety standards in handling drugs and medicines will fuel nitrile gloves business landscape.

Product launches and capacity expansion are among the key emerging business models of industry participants

Some of the prominent market players in the nitrile glove industry include Ansell, Top Glove Corp., Hartalega, Adenna LLC, Globus Group, Sri Trang Gloves Thailand (STGT), Semperit, YTY Group, Ammex, Avantor, and Dipped Products PLC, among others.

These players are fostering growth on the account of various strategic initiatives, wherein new product launches and production capacity expansion are among the prevalent business development initiatives. For instance, in January 2021, Showa Group, a leading Japanese glove manufacturer, announced plans to triple the production capacity of nitrile gloves by 2022. This capacity expansion will boost the supply of nitrile gloves in North America and allow the company to achieve a key position in the market.

The nitrile gloves industry 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 2028 for the following segments:

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
  • 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 market value surpassed USD 22 billion in 2021 and is estimated to register more than 8.9% CAGR between 2022 and 2028.

Global industry size from powder-free nitrile gloves is predicted to record 9% CAGR through 2028 as the FDA has put a ban on the use of powdered nitrile gloves in healthcare facilities.

Medical-grade nitrile gloves generated over USD 16 billion revenue in the overall market in 2021 due to the increasing use by healthcare practitioners to examine patients and operate on them.

North America accounted for over 40% of global nitrile gloves industry demand in 2021 as the regional governments have imposed strict rules and regulations with respect to industrial and healthcare safety.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 29
  • Tables & Figures: 348
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 325

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