Disposable Medical Gloves Market- Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Disposable Medical Gloves 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 report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Disposable Medical Gloves Market  Size
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 10.4 %

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Market Overview

The Disposable Medical Gloves market is projected to register a CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period of 2022-2027.

Growing concerns about employee health & safety coupled with increasing COVID-19 cases across several major economies are expected to increase the product demand. The COVID-19 pandemic period required stringent use of gloves and masks while dealing with people infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended the use of non-sterile disposable patient examination gloves for dealing with people with suspected or confirmed COVID cases.

According to the World Health Organization, as of April 5, 2022, the total number of people affected by COVID-19 is 490,853,129, and the total number of mortality is 6,155,344. The strategic administration of vaccinations around the world and social distancing measures have resulted in a reduction in mortality due to COVID-19. However, with the emergence of newer variants and the increasing awareness of the use of personal protection kits, the demand for disposable medical gloves is expected to increase. This will aid in the growth of the disposable medical gloves market during the forecast period.

The product provides protection against the risks associated with the on-the-job transmission of germs, bloodborne pathogens, and other environmental contaminants. Increasing awareness about the health & safety measures related to emergency response incidents and treatment of patients is expected to propel the product demand over the forecast period.

Also, increasing development of healthcare infrastructure coupled with healthcare reforms across several countries, increasing geriatric population, and increasing hygiene standards are likely to boost the market growth over the forecast period. In addition, medical professionals are also adopting double gloving to avoid the failure risk owing to wear and tear, which is further anticipated to drive the market growth.

The increase in nosocomial infections poses a serious threat to health care professionals all around the world. In September 2021, a study published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology showed that there was a significant increase in the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the year 2020 than the previous year. The rapid rise in HAIs is majorly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, there is an increasing demand for disposable medical gloves to prevent the further spread of such hospital-acquired infections. However, the environmental impact associated with the disposal of these gloves is expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of this report, disposable medical gloves are disposable, single-use gloves that are used to protect the hands from possible infections and diseases. The disposable medical gloves have been majorly used in the healthcare sector, and now with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public. The Disposable Medical Gloves 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 report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends of 17 countries across major regions globally. The report offers values (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Application
By Material
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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Key Market Trends

The Disposable Examination Medical Gloves Segment is Expected to Hold a Major Market Share in the Disposable Medical Gloves Market.

The Disposable Examination Medical Gloves are a major fraction of the gloves used in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Disposable gloves made using vinyl or natural rubber are generally used for low-risk general procedures, including non-invasive physical examination applications.

The infection spread through physical human contact is one of the primary causes of sickness in the healthcare industry, owing to which doctors, nurses, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals commonly use gloves to protect themselves from contamination during examination or procedure. In addition, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is further anticipated to drive the demand for examination gloves over the forecast period.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2020 stated that communicable diseases are a major challenge in low and middle-income countries. According to the same report, pneumonia was the fourth leading cause of death worldwide in 2019. WHO estimates also emphasize that six of the top ten causes of death in low and middle-income countries were communicable diseases, including malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. The risk of infections can be largely reduced through the implication of preventive measures such as the use of PPE kits while dealing with infected persons. The disposable examination gloves help in the prevention of transmission of contaminated bodily fluids and other contaminated inanimate objects. Proper use of examination gloves while handling infected people can help reduce the number of communicable infectious diseases. Thus, the necessity for disposable medical examination gloves is expected to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Also, the rising number of non-communicable diseases continues to lead among the top causes of death worldwide. The American Cancer Society, in its report on ‘Getting Cancer Treatment at Home,’ revised in March 2020, advises the use of disposable gloves for the persons in charge of taking care of the patients to reduce the risk of other contaminations to the affected individuals. Hence, the rising number of diseases and the prerequisite for the use of PPE kits, especially the disposable examination medical gloves, are expected to boost the growth of the disposable medical examination gloves market during the forecast period.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Share

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 dominate the disposable medical gloves market over the forecast period. Factors including the developed healthcare industry, stringent government regulations, and increasing consumer awareness are expected to drive regional market growth. Moreover, rising health concerns due to unhealthy lifestyles are expected to boost the demand for healthcare services, thereby benefiting the market growth.

The United States is one of the largest consumers of preventive personal protection equipment kits, owing to the growing disease burden annually. The US National Vital Statistics System reported that the number of deaths in the United States in 2020 increased by 17.7% from 2019. According to the WHO, the United States leads the number of COVID-19 cases around the world, with about 79,426,860 cases reported as of April 5, 2022. The huge number of COVID-19-affected people in the region has necessitated the proper use of PPE kits, in particular, disposable gloves, for the prevention of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among the population. This is likely to have a positive impact on market growth.

According to the GLOBOCAN 2020 report, the total number of people in the United States affected by cancer in 2020 accounts for around 2,281,658 cases. The number is estimated to rise to 3,123,452 cases by 2040. Cancer is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Additionally, according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, in 2020, around 37.3 million people in the United States were found to have diabetes; around 96 million adults were found to have pre-diabetes. The massive incidence of chronic diseases among the population in North America is expected to advance the expansion of the disposable medical gloves market in the North American region.

Disposable Medical Gloves Market Trends

Competitive Landscape

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 which 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.

Recent Development

  • In February 2022, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. launched the Kimtech Opal Nitrile Gloves, which provide guards against contamination by chemical splash and micro-organisms hazards. The gloves are efficient in that they are free of natural rubber latex and vulcanizing agents, thereby reducing the risk of Type I and Type IV glove-associated skin reactions.
  • In August 2019, Top Glove Corporation Bhd announced a collaboration with the University Teknologi, Malaysia intended to carry out research activities related to gloves. This strategic collaboration helped the company to accelerate its research and development activities and help in the development of novel products.

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


    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 Others

    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 Top Glove Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Global Disposable Medical Gloves Market is growing at a CAGR of 10.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

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

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