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Latin America Medical Gloves Market by Product Type (Examination Gloves and Surgical Gloves)
The Latin America Medical Gloves Market recorded a CAGR of 4.6% in the last 7 years (2015 to 2022) to reach a market valuation of US$ 396.6 million in 2022. The market is forecasted to reach US$ 792.8 million by the end of 2033, expanding at a CAGR of 6.6%.
Medical gloves are used during any medical procedure or examination to prevent infection and cross-contamination between patients and healthcare professionals. Depending on the application, medical gloves are made of various polymer materials such as rubber, latex, PVC, neoprene, and others. They are available as powdered gloves and non-powdered forms as per usage needs and the required application.
Increasing demand for medical gloves due to rising worker awareness about hygiene and health, and an increase in the frequency of workplace accidents, are the main factors fuelling Latin American market growth. Disposable gloves are popular because they are less expensive than reusable gloves. Due to the rising number of accidents in the medical field, it is now mandatory to wear protective gloves when working with acids, especially in research and development.
Rise in the occurrence of chronic diseases, increased awareness of safety and sanitation, stringent regulations regarding the use of gloves, an increase in the number of hospitals in most nations, and a rise in the prevalence of hospital-acquired infectious diseases are factors that will drive the growth of the medical gloves market in Latin America. Rising employee safety and health awareness, as well as increasing accidental fatalities, are expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
Distributors play an important role in the market because product manufacturers rely on vendors to get their products to customers. Globalization and glove manufacturer consolidation are expected to have a significant impact on distributors, compelling them to expand their perspectives and look beyond traditional boundaries.
Most medical glove companies in Latin America prefer to work with small distributors to reduce the expenses and time to set up their business from scratch. Such collaborations help strengthen their competitiveness by expanding their range of services as well as help in accelerating and optimizing the future product pathway, from product manufacturing, regulatory submission, and commercialization, to distribution.
Latin America Medical Gloves Market Size (2023)
US$ 420 Million
Projected Market Value (2033)
US$ 792.8 Million
Market Growth Rate (2023 to 2033)
Market Share of Top 5 Countries
“Research and Innovation to Be Key Going Forward”
Gloves are protection items that are widely used in the medical and industrial sectors. However, they are ignored by many hospitals in underdeveloped and developing countries. The market includes various innovative products that provide patient and healthcare worker safety in a perioperative environment - before, after, and during the time of surgery.
Due to the significant impact of chemicals and allergies, companies are predominantly focusing on developing advanced products that incorporate new non-latex materials and technologies Strong focus on research and innovation by important players for the development of disposal and cost-effective gloves that provide high quality, high-performing protection to healthcare workers will lead to growth opportunities in the market.
Several companies are focusing on improving healthcare settings by manufacturing cost-effective gloves that help hospitals, ambulatory care sites, and pharmacies focus on patient care while reducing costs, increasing profitability, and improving efficiency.
Recently launched, new and innovative gloves offer unique advantages that complement the extensive product portfolio of companies. Innovations in gloves, such as the use of new crosslinking technology by UV light and optimal tactile sense, will augment market growth in the years ahead.
“Risk of Contamination and Increasing Concerns about Medical Waste”
In hospitals around the world, hospital-acquired infections have become a significant risk for patients and healthcare workers alike. Cross-contamination at the hands of HCPs is thought to be the most common mode of HAI transmission. HAIs can result in life-threatening infections such as central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Medical gloves are important in protecting healthcare professionals, patients, and others in close proximity. The Centre for Devices and Radiological Health at the FDA, on the other hand, has imposed a ban on powder gloves, powdered surgeon's gloves, and powdered patient examination gloves for lubricating surgical gloves because there is a significant and unreasonable risk of injury and illness that cannot be eliminated or corrected by changing the label.
Some of the risks associated with the use of powdered gloves are granulomas, inflammation, and respiratory allergic reactions. This factor can hinder the demand growth of medical gloves to some extent.
Increasing concerns about medical waste, which is difficult to dispose of and fills landfills, may also stymie the expansion of the market. Medical waste is mainly produced by disposables used in operating rooms as well as during surgical procedures. Medical waste from the healthcare, nursing, dental, veterinary, laboratory, and pharmaceutical sectors may have unintended consequences.
Poor management of disposable surgical waste results in pathogen and toxic chemical contamination of land and water, which may further restrict the expansion of the medical gloves market.
Why is Brazil a Prominent Market for Medical Gloves in Latin America?
“Increasing Awareness about Hygiene & Rise in Chronic Diseases”
Brazil accounted for 29.2% share of the Latin American market for medical gloves in 2022.
Brazil is one of the largest consumers of medical gloves due to increased public awareness about hand hygiene and well-established healthcare settings that are accessible to a significant number of this region's population.
Rising prevalence of chronic and infectious diseases such as cancer and heart disease, which frequently demand medical procedures for treatment, including surgery, is expected to drive up demand for surgical consumables. Quality standards of surgical gloves are far better compared to examination gloves and are more commonly used by OR nurses and surgeons.
The sterile nature, exact size, and specific design of surgical gloves provide surgeons with great precision and tactile sensitivity during a surgical procedure.
How is Mexico Faring in the Latin American Market for Medical Gloves?
“Increasing Demand for Gloves and Support from Government”
Mexico is the most lucrative market in the region and is forecasted to evolve at a CAGR of 8.1% over the decade.
Mexico is one of the prominent producers of medical gloves in the world, with a significant portion of its production being exported to other countries. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the demand for medical gloves globally, including in Latin American countries such as Mexico. The country has seen a rise in the demand for gloves due to the increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare settings.
A point to note though is that the production of medical gloves has faced some challenges in Mexico due to issues such as raw material shortages and logistic problems. The country relies heavily on imports for the production of nitrile, a key material used in the manufacture of medical gloves, which has led to supply chain disruptions.
Which Type of Medical Gloves is Most Widely Adopted in Latin America?
“High Demand for Examination Gloves for No Risk of Contamination”
Examination gloves accounted for 74.7% share of the market in 2022.
Examination gloves are an essential component of healthcare settings, and Latin America is one of the prominent markets for medical gloves. The region has a high demand for gloves due to its large population, growing healthcare infrastructure, and increasing focus on hygiene and infection control measures.
In terms of material, latex gloves have traditionally been the most widely used in Latin America. However, in recent years, there has been a shift toward nitrile gloves due to their superior barrier properties, durability, and resistance to chemicals.
Which End User Will Account for Most Sales in the Market?
“High Need for Clinical Use of Examination Gloves in Hospitals”
Hospitals accounted for a market value share of 59.4% in 2022 in the Latin American market.
Hospitals use examination gloves as a critical component of infection control to protect healthcare workers and patients from the spread of infectious diseases. Latin America has a significant population, and this leads to a high volume of patients in healthcare settings. This means that there is a greater need for examination gloves to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Many Latin American countries have regulatory requirements that mandate the use of examination gloves in healthcare settings. For instance, in Brazil, the Ministry of Health recommends the use of gloves for all medical procedures.
There is growing awareness in Latin America about the importance of infection control measures in healthcare settings. This has led to a greater emphasis on the use of personal protective equipment, including examination gloves, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The Latin American medical gloves market is marked by the presence of established as well emerging market players. To create innovative products, several market players are aggressively funding research and development. Thus, the availability of technology options with commercialization potential is expected to augment market growth and help players strengthen their position in the market.
Similarly, the team at Persistence Market Research has tracked recent developments related to companies in the Latin America medical gloves market, which are available in the full report.
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The Latin America medical gloves market reached a value of US$ 396.6 million in 2022.
The Latin American market is projected to reach US$ 792.8 million by 2033.
Demand for medical gloves in Latin America increased at a 4.5% CAGR from 2015 to 2022.
Sales of medical gloves in Latin America are forecasted to rise at a CAGR of 6.6% between 2023 and 2033.
Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina cumulatively account for 74% market share.
Brazil accounted for 29.2% share of the Latin American market in 2022.