Surgical Gloves Market Size By Product (Latex Gloves, Nitrile Gloves, Vinyl Gloves, Neoprene Gloves), By Form (Powder-free Gloves, Powdered 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, Diagnostic Centers), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

Published Date: Oct 2021  |  Report ID: GMI4534  |  Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 350   |   Base Year: 2020

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Surgical Gloves Market size exceeded USD 4 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow at over -0.4% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. The rise in surgical interventions and favourable initiatives adopted by the governing authorities to promote awareness regarding to hospital-acquired infections are expected to drive the market growth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively operating in the U.S. to raise public awareness related to hospital-acquired infection (HAI). It also provides national leadership monitoring, clinical investigations, and laboratory research associated with HAI. Knowledge used for these activities is further used to detect outbreaks and develop novel strategies to contain HAI.

Surgical Gloves Market Overview

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However, several allergic reactions associated with the use of surgical gloves on patient health and minimal pricing offered by local players may negatively impact the surgical gloves market expansion. Several medical professionals have reported allergic reactions with the use of latex surgical gloves. Latex allergy symptoms generally comprise itching, stuffy or runny nose among others and can further develop into severe asthma symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. The extreme latex allergic reactions may result in anaphylaxis that involves heavy breathing difficulty and critically reduced blood pressure. The risk of allergic contact dermatitis is also high with the use of surgical gloves as the chemicals used during manufacturing may spark eczema and blisters on the skin. Furthermore, the U.S. FDA regulates the manufacturing, and approval of surgical gloves along with other medical devices. Surgical gloves are classified as class I medical devices on the basis of level of control required for ensuring the safety & effectiveness of the device. These gloves also have to adhere to the Quality System regulation (21 CFR part 820) and are reviewed by the U.S. FDA prior to the market approval and require a Premarket Notification or 510(k) clearance to commercialize the product in the U.S.

The COVID-19 arose as an unprecedented public health concern that has positively influenced the progression of surgical gloves market. Surgical gloves are an indispensable component of protective personal equipment (PPE) and the coronavirus outbreak has augmented the demand for PPE. According to the UNICEF, the demand for PPE supplies has surged exponentially with spread of COVID-19. The national stockpiling policies adopted by countries have further increased the demand. The UNICEF forecasts indicate the demand for gloves is estimated to reach 1.1 billion by the end of 2020. This development is set to benefit the industry demand significantly.

Moreover, the U.S. FDA suggested the use of surgical gloves to contain the spread of viral infections and has undertaken numerous initiatives to ensure timely supply of PPE supplies. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently published regulatory compliances. These guidelines advise the use of gloves in the healthcare facilities as well as in the community as part of standard precautions to reduce the risk of contamination. Further, the WHO is operating in collaboration with industry players, government organizations, and Pandemic Supply Chain Network to avail PPE supplies. Thus, COVID-19 outbreak has led to expansion of production and direct sales of these gloves.

Growing number of surgical procedures to amplify the surgical gloves market value

Soaring number of surgical procedures is slated to promote the high demand for surgical gloves, thereby facilitating the industry growth. According to a published article, in 2021, approximately 60,000 cataract surgeries are performed on daily basis worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provisional data, in 2019, reported that around 31.7% of all births in the U.S. were through Caesarean section approach. Hence, in order to cater to the growing number for surgical procedures, these gloves are used to prevent contamination and reduce risk of infectious diseases. Similar trends were observed in England, with high demand for medical gloves with rising number of surgeries. In addition, rising awareness about clinical hygiene during surgical interventions is anticipated to promote the market potential.

Expanding demand and growing awareness associated with benefits of nitrile gloves will expedite the market revenue

The nitrile gloves segment was valued at USD 1.82 billion in 2020 led by the elevating demand and growing awareness associated with benefits of nitrile gloves. These gloves are void of latex proteins that eliminates risk of latex allergy and overcomes one of the major drawback associated with latex gloves. Nitrile gloves also pose better chemical resistance than other medical gloves. Owing to numerous benefits, the nitrile gloves are increasingly preferred for surgical applications.

Skin friendly and convenient powder-free gloves to propel the industry expansion

The powder-free gloves segment dominated more than 92% of the surgical gloves market share in 2020 impelled by the growing use of powder-free gloves and the U.S. FDA ban on the use of powdered gloves. Powder-free gloves are manufactured using chlorination that aids in easy donning and removal without the use of corn starch powder. During the chlorination process, these gloves are treated with a chlorine solution to eliminate the powdered residue and latex proteins. The chlorination process thus, reduces the potential risk of allergic reaction with corn starch powder.

Rising risk of cross-contamination will promote the market demand

The disposable gloves segment accounted for 78% of revenue share in 2020 driven by the increased risk of transmission of infectious pathogen in clinical settings and growing awareness associated with the use of infection control supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic proliferated the importance and utilization of PPE supplies in order to provide infection control to medical professionals. Disposable surgical gloves help in containing the spread of cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens during medical interventions. Additionally, these gloves provide one-time use and easy disposal that further minimizes the risk of potential outbreak or infection.

Reduced risk of contamination and increased protection offered by sterile gloves to stimulate the industry progression

The sterile gloves segment in the surgical gloves market crossed USD 3.64 billion in 2020 due to rising use of sterile gloves in the healthcare settings for medical procedures that helps in limiting the risk of contamination. Sterile gloves are extensively used by the healthcare professionals during medical procedures to promote sterile environment in the operating room. Sterile gloves assist in preventing wound infections and reduce the risk associated with of blood and bodily fluid exposure for healthcare professionals. These gloves also aid in constraining the transmission of bacteria and other pathogens from entering the surgical work area.

Extensive network and high proportion of sales through brick & mortar stores to fuel the market growth

The brick & mortar stores segment captured 67% of revenue share in 2020 owing to the comprehensive network and high proportion of sales through brick & mortar stores. The better accessibility, and substantial preference for brick & mortar stores will promote the segment growth. According to the U.S. Census Data, in 2017, approximately 90% of the retail shopping in the U.S. happens through in brick and mortar stores. Furthermore, with increasing trend of digitization, prominent physical store chains such as Target, Walmart, Kohl, and others are incorporating digital modalities. These mechanisms provide seamless shopping experience, thereby fostering their consumer preference.

Growing use of surgical gloves in hospital settings to curb the incidence of HAI will facilitate the segment expansion

Surgical Gloves Market Size

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The surgical gloves market for hospitals segment is poised to reach a valuation of more than USD 3.18 billion by 2027 on account of the surged use of medical gloves in the hospital settings to curb the incidence of HAI. These infections comprises catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), and surgical site infections (SSI) among others. Moreover, the CDC has also developed clinical guidelines to prevent SSI that impel the industry value in the coming years.

Increasing number of surgical procedures to facilitate the regional growth

Global Surgical Gloves Market

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U.S. surgical gloves market will exceed USD 2 billion by 2027. This dominant market share is pertaining to several factors such as high incidence of hospital acquired infections and growing number of surgical procedures across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, in 2018, the hospital acquired infections affected around 1.7 million individuals and are responsible for 99,000 mortalities every year. Among these infections, surgical site infections account for 22%. These adverse events along with surge in number of surgical procedures are predicted to fuel the adoption of surgical gloves in the country.

Strategies adopted by prominent players will surge the industry revenue

Some of the major companies operating in the market are Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Cardinal Health, Semperit AG Holding, Hartalega Holdings AG, Medline Industries, Dynarex Corporation, and Ansell Limited. These prominent leaders emphasize on strategic initiatives such as partnerships, new product development & commercialization, vertical integration and others for business expansion. Additionally, these participants are engaged in research and development activities that enables them to launch advanced products and capitalize maximum revenue share in the market.

Recent industry developments:

  • In December 2020, Supermax Corporation Berhad incorporated a new wholly owned subsidiary, Maxter Healthcare Inc., to increase the product of personal protective equipment in the U.S. This strategic move helped the company to increase its production capacity and support its geographical expansion objectives, thereby offering new market and promoting revenue generation prospects.
  • In April 2018, Top Glove Corporation Berhad acquired Aspion Sdn Bhd. This acquisition led to the opening of three more manufacturing facilities with 75 lines and a production capacity of 4.77 billion pieces of gloves per annum. This strategic move expanded the company’s business and further assisted in revenue generation.

Surgical gloves market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and in terms of volume in ’000 Units from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

Market, By Product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

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

Market, By Form, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

  • Powder-free Gloves
  • Powdered Gloves

Market, By Usage, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Reusable Gloves

Market, By Sterility, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

  • Sterile Gloves
  • Non-sterile Gloves

Market, By Distribution Channel, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

  • Brick and Mortar
  • E-commerce

Market, By End-use, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million and ‘000 Units)

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

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

  • 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


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size of surgical gloves had exceeded USD 4 billion in 2020 and will witness a CAGR of over -0.4% through 2027 with increasing surgical interventions and growing awareness about hospital-acquired infections.
The nitrile gloves segment was valued at USD 1.82 billion in 2020 owing to increasing demand among surgeons owing to higher chemical resistance than the other counterparts.
Disposable surgical gloves market had captured over 78% of revenue share in 2020 owing to the increasing awareness about the transmission of infectious pathogen in clinical settings.
U.S. market size will exceed USD 2 billion by 2027 on account of the increasing incidences of hospital acquired infections and growing number of surgical procedures across the country.
Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Cardinal Health, Semperit AG Holding, Hartalega Holdings AG, Medline Industries, etc. are the major surgical gloves market participants.

Premium Report Details

  • Published Date: Oct 2021
  • Pages: 350
  • Tables: 677
  • Charts / Figures: 22
  • Companies covered: 11
  • Countries covered: 18

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