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Nitrile Gloves Market

Preventive measures to Avoid Hospital Associated Infections are set to propel the Overall Nitrile Gloves Market

Nitrile Gloves Market Segmented By Powder-Free Gloves, Powdered Gloves Product Type with Disposable Gloves, Reusable Gloves in Sterile Gloves, Non-Sterile Gloves Sterility

Nitrile Gloves Market Outlook (2023-2033)

Worldwide revenue from the nitrile gloves market was about US$ 5.3 Billion in 2022, with the global market estimated to surge ahead at a CAGR of 21.6% to reach a valuation of US$ 47.3 Billion by the end of 2033.

Nitrile Gloves Market Size (2023)

US$ 6.7 Billion

Projected Market Value (2033)

US$ 47.3 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

21.6% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Countries


As assessed by Persistence Market Research, nitrile gloves are expected to hold a market value of US$ 47.3 Billion by 2033. Overall, nitrile gloves market sales account for approximately 36.1% of revenue share in the global medical gloves market, which was valued at around US$ 14.7 Billion in 2022.

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Sales Analysis of Nitrile Gloves from 2015 to 2022 Vs Market Outlook for 2023-2033

The global market for nitrile gloves recorded a historic CAGR of 28.9% in the last 7 years from 2015 to 2022.

Hand hygiene is a simple and effective method of infection prevention. Cleaning of hands can help keep germs at bay, especially those that are antibiotic resistant and are increasingly challenging, if not unlikely, to treat. As per the CDC, healthcare professionals wash their hands a little under half as often as they should. One in every 31 patients in the hospital has at least yet another healthcare-associated infection on any given day.

The worldwide pandemic has led the medical gloves market to a boon in the future. For instance, The World Health Organization declared the novel Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and a public health emergency that has spread globally. People are in desperate need of protective medical supplies such as masks, suits, gloves, and respirators, and supplies are running low.

Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers pledged to donate 18 million pairs of gloves to Wuhan city in early February, and the world needs other manufacturers to join them. In any case, the healthcare industry has attracted a steady demand for protective medical supplies. Increasing output to meet current demand may help the industry sustain rising demand in the long run.

An increase in government initiatives, providing safe and quality healthcare to the people will mark a steady growth in the given forecast period.

The global nitrile gloves market is thus likely to show high growth over the coming years a CAGR of 21.6% and reach a global market size of US$ 47.3 Billion by 2033.

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What are the Key Opportunities for the Nitrile Gloves Market Manufacturers?

Increase of Adoption of Nitrile Gloves in Various Verticals

Nitrile glove is made of a synthetic rubber substance that is popularly used for disposable gloves. Nitrile has been around for a long time, but it has in recent times become much more cost-effective, which explains why it is gaining popularity in the health - care, food, and cleaning industries. Nitrile is the most puncture-resistant glove material. Nitrile gloves are also more resistant to chemicals than latex or vinyl gloves.

In addition, over the forecast period, various product variations and technological advancements will be major growth drivers. Demand will grow significantly as the utility of nitrile gloves expands across various business verticals. Oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and tending, and automotive are some of the industry sectors that may be large consumers of those gloves.

Hygiene is gaining prominence in the healthcare, beauty and food care industries, particularly as people around the world become more aware of viral and bacterial infections. It's worth noting here that the expenditure of nitrile gloves contributes significantly to their reliability and benefit. This factor would provide players with several opportunities for growth over the forecast period.

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What are the Factors Restraining Demand for the Nitrile Gloves Market?

Pressure to Provide Cost-effective Products with Safety Compliance

The year 2021 began with some unusual challenges that put a burden on the glove manufacturing supply chain. Specifically, there is a high demand for nitrile gloves while this extremely important personal protective equipment is scarce. this has resulted in a slew of issues affecting end-users, glove manufacturing suppliers, and everyone else in between.

In addition, in the United States, only a few companies manufacture nitrile gloves. This was never an issue before, but due to the sudden rise in demand for nitrile protective gloves, many distributors who previously ordered locally were compelled to search out international manufacturers.

Because there is a high market demand for nitrile gloves while there is also a shortage, price increases are unavoidable. Distributors have been heavily impacted by higher costs because there aren't enough manufacturers who might keep pace with demand, in addition to the scarcity of raw materials and everything in between. It thus, in turn, affects end users, who now pay a higher price.

Therefore, compromising on the quality and increasing in price may hamper the market growth in the given forecast period.

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Country-wise Insights

Why is the U.S. Nitrile Gloves Market Booming?

“Increasing U.S. FDA Safety Initiatives and Programs”

The U.S. accounted for around 89.4% market share in the North American nitrile gloves market in 2022, and a similar trend is expected over the forecast period.

In the United States, very few companies manufacture nitrile gloves. This has created wide opportunity for the players in the U.S which has led the U.S. manufacturers to invest and produce more nitrile gloves to avoid abrupt situations. The focus on setting up manufacturing plants and FDA standards in the U.S. will boost the U.S. nitrile gloves market in the given forecasted period.

Will Germany Be a Lucrative Market for Nitrile Gloves Market?

“Increase in Infectious Disease Propelling Novel Personal Protective Measures”

Germany held around 15.0% market share of the Europe nitrile gloves market in 2022.

The demand for medical technologies is being driven by a rise in the size of disease states in population and demographics. Other factors influencing the use of medical devices and technologies in Germany include an aging society, an increase in chronic illness prevalence, global health insurance, an advanced healthcare system with highly qualified workers, and significant health spending. Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase in healthcare spending.

Nitrile gloves act as a barrier between healthcare professionals and contagious or highly infectious diseases. Rising demand in the medical and healthcare sectors as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, stringent government regulations regarding workplace safety and security, rising adoption in various sectors, preserving product quality, mounting popularity of customised disposable gloves, and a growing industrial landscape as a result of globalisation and vendor competition will drive the nitrile gloves market in Germany.

How is China Emerging as a Prominent Market for Nitrile Gloves?

“Improvements in Quality Standards will Boost the Nitrile Gloves Market in China”

China held the largest market share of about 41.1% of the East Asia nitrile gloves market in 2021.

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission 2021, Before the pandemic, China dominated the market for vinyl medical and surgical gloves, accounting for 98 per cent of total U.S. imports in 2020. Even though China was not among the top producer of nitrile gloves at the time, capacity and production have since increased. China is not yet a major supplier of nitrile gloves to the United States, but its share of the market has been increasing since the outbreak began, rising from 13% of US imported products by quantity in July 2020 to 19% in February 2021.

Furthermore, the quality of nitrile gloves produced in china is quite not up to the market as compared to Malaysian gloves which lead to buying the gloves at a higher price. The opportunity for the china market to boost its production with improvement in its quality material and sustainability will boost the market in the given forecasted period.

Category-wise Insights

Which Product is Driving the Growth of the Global Nitrile Gloves Market?

“High Benefits of Powder Free Gloves”

The powder-free gloves segment held around 86.1% share of the total nitrile gloves market in 2022.

Powdered protective gloves have indeed been identified as the single largest source of latex aeroallergens in a medical facility. Attaching latex proteins to glove powder allows them to be aerosolized. Nitrile's primary advantage as a disposable glove material is that it is the comfortable fit and 100% latex-free construction, in in addition to its superior chemical and puncture resistance properties. Even staff members with a latex allergy can wear these pairs of nitrile gloves comfortably for extended periods of time. Nitrile gloves come in a variety of cuff lengths to suit a variety of applications. Basic short-cuff gloves are appropriate for most applications and general use.

Which Usage Drives Demand the Most for Nitrile Gloves Market?

“Single-use Gloves to Prevent Infection Spread in Healthcare Settings.”

Disposable gloves held the largest market share of around 88.0% in 2022. Disposable gloves are used in healthcare or care settings to prevent infection spread among both patients and healthcare workers. Disposable gloves are worn when a caregiver is ensuring adequate care and assistance to a patient, particularly if they will be in contact with bodily fluids. The gloves will be removed and discarded after each procedure or contact with a patient, and indeed the person will need to wash or sanitise their hands. This increases the demand for disposable gloves in the future.

Which Sterility Drives Demand the Most for Nitrile Gloves Market?

Increasing Number of Surgical Procedures and HAIs to Boost Demand for Nitrile Gloves.”

Sterile gloves held the largest market share of around 72.4% in 2022. An increase in surgical procedures demands sterile gloves which are FDA specified. These gloves undergo several disinfection and sterilization procedures which further remove most of the germs and microorganisms, thus increasing the demand for sterile gloves in the future period.

Which End User Settings Pose a Greater Adoption of Nitrile Gloves Products?

“Growing Demand for Nitrile Gloves to Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections”

Hospitals hold a larger share of about 63.1% with a market value of around US$ 3.4 Billion in 2022. Gloves act as a barrier among germs and hands. This reduces the likelihood of health care professionals or patients developing additional illnesses or diseases. It is critical for hospitals to maintain their medical supply gloves. Hand hygiene is an excellent method of infection prevention. According to CDC 2020, healthcare professionals disinfect their hands less than the amount of time they should, which affects one out of every 31 hospital patients every day. Every patient as well as medical professionals is at risk of contracting an infection while being treated for another condition.

Germ prevention is particularly important in hospitals and other medical settings such as dialysis clinics and nursing homes, thus driving the demand for nitrile gloves market.

Competitive Landscape

The market is characterized as a fragmented market with key players across the globe including Top Glove., Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd., Ansell and others. Investment in R&D to launch new product lines is the key strategy adopted by manufacturers in the nitrile gloves market.

For instance:

  • In January 2021, Ansell Limited finished the acquisition of the Primus brand and relevant assets, including the Sanrea Healthcare Products Life Science and Primus Gloves industries ("Primus"). Primus & Ansell Ansell and Primus have also established a supply alliance. Primus being an Indian manufacturer and supplier of gloves for the Specialty Medical sectors & Life Science, and is one of the very few global manufacturers of well-known long-cuff gloves. This acquisition broadens the company's market presence in this critical Indian market and enables it to speed up the growth of its Life Sciences business.
  • In May 2021, Honeywell and Premier Inc. formed a new business partnership to increase nitrile examination glove production in the US. This new alliance is expected to produce at least 750 million nitrile test gloves in its first year. The collaboration is expected to provide hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare professionals in the United States with access to domestically produced exam gloves in wide areas like healthcare facilities in the U.S.

Similarly, recent developments have been tracked by the team at Persistence Market Research related to companies in the nitrile gloves space, which are available in the full report.

Nitrile Gloves Industry Report Scope



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Market Analysis

  • USD Million for Value
  • Units for Volume

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey
  • GCC
  • North Africa
  • South Africa

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Product
  • Usage
  • Sterility
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Ansell
  • Unigloves Ltd
  • Medline Industries
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Avantor
  • Hartalega
  • Blue Sail
  • Ammex
  • Kanam Latex
  • AMY Group
  • Primus Gloves (P) Ltd
  • Superior Gloves
  • MCR Safety
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Segments Covered in Nitrile GlovesIndustry Research

Nitrile Gloves Market by Product:

  • Powder-Free Gloves
  • Powdered Gloves

Nitrile Gloves Market by Usage:

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Reusable Gloves

Nitrile Gloves Market by Sterility:

  • Sterile Gloves
  • Non-Sterile Gloves

Nitrile Gloves Market by End User:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Clinics
  • Diagnostic Centers
  • Others

Nitrile Gloves Market by Region:

  • North America Nitrile Gloves Market
  • Latin America Nitrile Gloves Market
  • Europe Nitrile Gloves Market
  • South Asia Nitrile Gloves Market
  • East Asia Nitrile Gloves Market
  • Oceania Nitrile Gloves Market
  • The Middle East & Africa Nitrile Gloves Market

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Ansell
  • Unigloves Ltd
  • Medline Industries
  • Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
  • Avantor
  • Hartalega
  • Blue Sail
  • Ammex
  • Kanam Latex
  • AMY Group
  • Primus Gloves (P) Ltd
  • Superior Gloves
  • MCR Safety
  • Supermax Corporation Berhad
  • Top Glove Corporation Bhd

- Frequently Asked Questions -

The global nitrile gloves market is currently valued at around US$ 5.3 Billion in 2022.

Sales of the nitrile gloves market are set to witness a high growth at a CAGR  of 21.6% and be valued at US$ 47.3 Billion by 2033.

Demand for nitrile gloves market increased at 28.9% CAGR from 2015 to 2022.

The U.S., Germany, India, China and Japan account for most demand for nitrile gloves, currently holding 50.3% market share.

The U.S. accounts for around 89.4% share of the North American market.

Ansell, Top Glove Corporation Bhd., and Medline Industries are the top three manufacturers of nitrile gloves products.

The China market held a share of about 41.1% in the East Asia nitrile gloves market in 2022, while Japan accounts for around 36.2% share.

The South Asia market held a share of about 15.0% in the nitrile gloves market in 2022.

The Oceania market held a share of about 1.3% in the global nitrile gloves market in 2022.

The Latin American market held a share of about 8.9% market share in the global nitrile gloves market in 2022, with a CAGR of 24.0% during the forecast years.

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