Disposable Medical Gloves Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Disposable Gloves Market Trends and the market is segmented by Application (Surgical and Examination), Material (Latex, Vinyl, Nitrile, and Others), End-user (Hospitals, Diagnostic Laboratories, and Home Care), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The market provides the value (in USD million) for the above-mentioned segments.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Size

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 10.40 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Disposable Medical Gloves Market Analysis

The disposable medical gloves market is projected to register a CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period.

  • COVID-19 significantly impacted the disposable medical gloves market owing to its high demand for medical, diagnostic, and self-care purposes during the viral infection phase. The government encouraged the use of disposable gloves and masks worldwide to deal with people infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For instance, according to the study published in August 2021 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 11.3% of patients with COVID-19 in 314 United Kingdom hospitals became infected after hospital admission. Thus, to prevent such HAIs, the use of disposable medical gloves was highly recommended.
  • Similarly, as per an article published by NCBI in March 2022, the use of single-use nitrile gloves has sharply increased since the Coronavirus outbreak in Australia. Therefore, the market has reported significant growth in the last few years. Currently, the market growth has slightly seized as the COVID cases declined. The market is expected to show stable growth in the forecast year.
  • In addition, the rise in infectious disease instances and the increasing number of hospital/medical facilities are actively impacting the growth of the studied market.
  • As reusable medical devices are used for multiple patients, there are chances of inadequate cleaning of the devices, which increases the risk of infection by many folds. For instance, a Food Drug and Administration (FDA) article updated in April 2022, reported that inadequate cleaning between patient uses can result in the retention of blood, tissue, and other biological debris (soil) in certain types of reusable medical devices, such as endoscopes. This debris can allow microbes to survive the subsequent disinfection or sterilization process, which may then lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Inadequate reprocessing can also result in other adverse patient outcomes, such as tissue irritation from residual reprocessing materials like chemical disinfectants. Hence, it is advisable to use disposable gloves in hospitals and clinics while using any medical device or during surgical procedures to reduce the risk of transmission of bacteria and viruses to patients, thereby propelling the utility of disposable medical gloves.
  • Moreover, a research article published in BMC Public Health Journal in March 2021 stated that patients in ICUs are twice as likely to face HAIs than patients in the general wards. It also reported that the global prevalence of ICU-acquired infections (ICU-AIs) is around 51.4%, and the prevalence of this type of infection is estimated to be 9% to 37% in Europe and the USA. As per the research study, the overall rate of ICU-AIs was 96.61 per 1000 patients and 16.82 per 1000 patient days in Iran's hospitals in 2021. Thus, there is an increasing demand for disposable medical gloves to prevent the further spread of such hospital-acquired infections.
  • The strategic initiatives by market players, such as partnerships, product launches, and expansions, are also contributing to the market growth during the forecast period. For instance, in February 2022, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. launched the Kimtech Opal Nitrile Gloves, which provide guards against contamination by chemical splash and microorganism hazards. The gloves are efficient because they are free of natural rubber latex and vulcanizing agents, thereby reducing the risk of Type I and Type IV glove-associated skin reactions. Also, in April 2022, Unigloves launched a new biodegradable disposable nitrile gloves named BioTouch. Such launches are expected to augment the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Therefore, owing to the aforementioned factors, such as rising HAIs leading to high demand for disposable medical gloves and expansion initiatives by market players for medical gloves manufacturing and supply, the studied market is anticipated to witness growth over the analysis period. However, the environmental impact associated with the disposal of these gloves is expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Trends

The Disposable Surgical Medical Gloves Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Disposable Medical Gloves Market Over The Forecast Period

  • Disposable surgical medical gloves are a significant fraction used in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Surgical gloves are made of polyisoprene, polychloroprene, and polyvinyl chloride and are explicitly designed for the accuracy and sensitivity required by surgeons. These are sterile gloves that are discarded after the completion of surgery. The segment is expected to register growth owing to the rising burden of surgical procedures worldwide and advancements in surgical gloves.
  • The high burden of plastic surgery and cardiovascular surgeries is propelling the segment's growth. For instance, as per 2021 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Statistics, a total of 15,63,537 surgical procedures were conducted, including breast augmentation and mastopexy, in the United States in 2021. These procedures require disposable surgical gloves, which are expected to propel the segment growth during the forecast period.
  • In addition, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data updated in August 2022, the number of surgeries performed in some European countries such as Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway in 2021 includes 94.87, 49.33, 32.84, 21.5 (in thousand). Such a huge number of surgeries in developed European countries will lead to increased adoption of disposable surgical gloves during the surgeries.
  • Furthermore, a study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Open Journal in 2022 stated that a significant portion of surgical glove users would prefer gloves with adjustable finger lengths as current surgical gloves do not support hand anatomy variations. A survey of 6810 plastic surgery glove users was conducted that showed that 44.76% would prefer such gloves if available. Such studies create an opportunity for fulfilling the unmet needs, which are further expected to propel the segment during the forecast period.
  • Additionally, the advancements in products and increasing product launches, along with partnerships and acquisitions by market players, are helping in the segment's growth. For instance, in August 2022, Mölnlycke invested USD 51.3 million (EUR 50 million) in a new plant in Kulim, Malaysia, to meet future demand for high-quality surgical gloves. The new plant was expected to initiate production in September 2022.
  • Therefore, owing to the aforementioned factors, such as the high demand for surgical disposable gloves during plastic surgery and other surgeries, along with investment by market players to expedite surgical gloves production is expected to propel the segment growth during the forecast period.
Disposable Medical Gloves Market  : Total Number of Cataract Surgical Procedures, By Country, 2021

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market and Expected to do Same in the Forecast Period.

  • North America is anticipated to hold a significant share of the disposable medical gloves market over the forecast period owing to the high burden of surgical procedures and hospital admissions, stringent government regulations, and a strong presence of market players in the region.
  • The large number of surgeries performed in the region is associated with a high demand for disposable medical gloves in the region. For instance, as per the International Society of Aesthetic Platic Surgery (ISAPS) 2021 report, 7.34 million aesthetic procedures, including surgical and non-surgical treatment, were performed in the United States. Such procedures boost the utility of disposable medical gloves during the treatment to avoid direct contact with the patient's skin and bacterial infection, thereby accelerating market growth.
  • In addition, the strategic initiatives that market players adopt, such as product launches, expanding manufacturing facilities, and partnerships, contribute to the region's market growth. For instance, in September 2021, American Nitrile, Ohio-based company, started one of the most advanced U.S. manufacturing facilities to produce nitrile gloves for healthcare, government, and industrial use to meet the surging demand for medical and non-medical latex-free nitrile gloves.
  • Furthermore, in March 2022, American Nitrile, LLC entered a strategic partnership with Orion Infrastructure Capital to complete the development of its manufacturing facility in Grove City, OH. OIC provided USD 105 million to support the completion of twelve production lines with an aggregate capacity of 3.6 billion nitrile gloves per year. Such initiatives to expand the gloves manufacturing facility to augment the disposable gloves production are expected to propel the market growth in the region.
  • Therefore, owing to the above-mentioned factors, such as high surgical procedures in the region and rising demand for disposable medical gloves in the region, the growth of the studied market is anticipated in the North American region.
Disposable Medical Gloves Market - Growth by Region

Disposable Medical Gloves Industry Overview

The disposable medical gloves market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, a few of the major players are currently dominating the market. Some of the companies that are currently dominating the market are Ansell Limited, Cardinal Health, Dynarex Corporation, Hartelga Holdings Bhd, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc., Kossan Rubber Industries, Molnlycke Health Care AB, Rubberex Corp. M Bhd, Semperit AG Holding, Supermax Corporation, Top Glove Corporation, and others.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Leaders

  1. Ansell Limited

  2. Cardinal Health

  3. Dynarex Corporation

  4. Kossan Rubber Industries

  5. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Concentration
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Disposable Medical Gloves Market News

  • November 2022: Vizient, Inc. signed an agreement with SafeSource Direct, LLC, the manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE), for chemo-rated nitrile gloves. The agreement aims to establish 12 operational lines producing more than 2 billion gloves yearly by January 2024.
  • August 2022: Minco Wholesale & Supply Inc. partnered with Canadian manufacturer Supermax Healthcare Canada Group, specializing in manufacturing premium healthcare, dental, industrial, and EMS products, including their disposable protective product line, Aurelia. The partnership included protective exam-grade nitrile, vinyl, and latex gloves used in the hospital and clinic settings.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and market definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Awareness on Hygiene and Safety Measures

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Number of Hospital/Medical Facilities

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Adverse Reactions Caused by Certain Types of Gloves

      2. 4.3.2 Presence of Counterfeit and Sub-standard Gloves in the market

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD)

    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Surgical

      2. 5.1.2 Examination

    2. 5.2 By Material

      1. 5.2.1 Latex

      2. 5.2.2 Vinyl

      3. 5.2.3 Nitrile

      4. 5.2.4 Other Materials

    3. 5.3 By End-User

      1. 5.3.1 Hospitals

      2. 5.3.2 Diagnostic Laboratories

      3. 5.3.3 Home care

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.4.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Ansell Limited

      2. 6.1.2 Cardinal Health

      3. 6.1.3 Dynarex Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Hartelga Holdings Bhd

      5. 6.1.5 Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd

      7. 6.1.7 Molnlycke Health Care AB

      8. 6.1.8 Rubberex Corp. M Bhd.

      9. 6.1.9 Semperit AG Holding

      10. 6.1.10 Supermax Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 American Nitrile, LLC

      12. 6.1.12 Top Glove Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments
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Disposable Medical Gloves Industry Segmentation

Disposable medical gloves are single-use gloves that are used to protect the hands from possible infections and diseases. 

The disposable medical gloves market is segmented by application (surgical and examination), material (latex, vinyl, nitrile, and other materials), end-user (hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and home care), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The Market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends of 17 countries across major regions globally. 

The report offers values (in USD) for the above segments.

By Application
By Material
Other Materials
By End-User
Diagnostic Laboratories
Home care
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America
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Disposable Medical Gloves Market Research FAQs

The Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market is projected to register a CAGR of 10.40% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Ansell Limited, Cardinal Health, Dynarex Corporation, Kossan Rubber Industries and Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. are the major companies operating in the Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market.

The report covers the Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Disposable Medical Gloves Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)