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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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.