Global Nitrile Gloves Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Powdered, Powder-Free), By Grade (Medical Grade, Industrial Grade, Food Grade), By Application (Automotive, Food Processing, Construction, Oil And Gas, Chemical, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

  • Published : Jul 2021
  • Report Code : KSI061611089
  • Pages : 108

The nitrile gloves market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.84% from an initial value of US$4,304.244 million in 2019 and is estimated to reach a market size of US$15,279.227 million in 2026. The nitrile gloves market is expected to grow due to the rising awareness of the benefits of nitrile gloves in the healthcare sector. The nitrile gloves provide various advantages such as being more resistant than natural rubber to chemicals, oils, and acids and having superior strength. According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety unit, nitrile is a synthetic rubber that serves as a very good material for general-purpose gloves because of its elasticity and chemical resistance. These properties also make disposable nitrile gloves the most common gloves for handling laboratory chemicals and surgical procedures. Moreover, the rise in the prevalence of latex allergies among healthcare workers has led to an increase in the demand for nitrile gloves, and hence nitrile gloves are increasingly being used as a replacement for latex gloves around the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the nitrile gloves market. The pandemic led to a rise in the demand for nitrile gloves as the experts consider single-use nitrile gloves important for preventing disease spread and keeping both medical and laboratory procedures sanitary. During the pandemic, N95 respirators, medical gowns, and nitrile gloves saw dramatic price increases due to increasing demand and stagnation in supply levels of the raw materials needed to produce them. Looking at the rising demand for nitrile gloves, various companies increased their production, which led to further growth in the nitrile gloves market, and the growth in demand is anticipated to continue owing to the recurring waves of coronavirus. For instance, VIP Gloves Ltd July 2020 announced to boost their production capacity of nitrile gloves by up to 60% with the installation of four additional new production lines over the next 18 months to meet the strong demand for nitrile gloves on the back of the prolonged global COVID-19 pandemic.

The nitrile gloves market has been classified based on type, grade, end-use industry, and geography. By type, the market has been classified based on Powdered and Powder-Free. Based on grade, the segmentation has been done into Medical Grade, Industrial Grade, and Food Grade. By end-use industry, the market has been categorized into Automotive, Food Processing, Construction, Oil and Gas, Chemical, and others. Geographically, the market for nitrile gloves has been distributed into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Growing incidences of latex allergy.

The growing incidences of latex allergy among healthcare workers gloves are one of the major drivers of the global nitrile gloves market and are anticipated to surge the growth of the nitrile gloves market during the forecast period. According to the Department of Health, New York, Unites States, latex allergy reactions occur more frequently in high-risk professions due to increased exposure to latex products. In the healthcare profession, up to 12% of staff may be affected. Also, the increase in latex allergies is believed to be linked to the dramatic increase in latex glove use since the introduction of universal precautions in healthcare settings to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B. In addition, the use of latex gloves in other settings (e.g., food service and restaurants, daycare) has proliferated. The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) stated in 2015 that latex allergy has become an important health concern for workers, especially in healthcare environments. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, such as swelling, irritation, congestion, shortness of breath, or even anaphylaxis, where fatalities have been reported. In the US, as many as 17% of healthcare workers are reportedly sensitized to latex.

According to an article by the Journal of Occupational Health published in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health in 2016, 13.3% of healthcare workers and 18% of nurses in Thailand have a latex allergy. Also, 22.4% of healthcare workers in Brazil and 14.1% of healthcare workers in the Netherlands reported having latex sensitization. Moreover, 16.3% and 17.9% of healthcare workers from Sri Lanka and Iran respectively reported being allergic to latex. Hence, the growing use of nitrile as a replacement for nitrile gloves is anticipated to propel the growth of the nitrile gloves market during the forecast period.

A powder-free segment to grow at a significant pace.

The powder-free segment of the nitrile gloves market is anticipated to witness significant growth which can be attributed to the increasing preference for powder-free gloves across numerous industries including medical, food processing, and chemical. Powder-free nitrile gloves are anti-static in behavior, smart solvent resistant, odor-free, and therefore helpful in the food and dairy farm business. Growing cases of allergies associated with powdered nitrile gloves and a rise in cases of powdered gloves causing wound inflammation, severe airway inflammation from inhaling the powder, and post-surgical adhesions from contact with the powder are leading users to switch to powder-free nitrile gloves. Powder-free gloves also account for lesser allergies as their manufacturing involves lower protein and chemical content, which also increases the time for which they can be continuously used. Additionally, taking into account the harmful effects of powdered gloves, in January 2017, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ban on powdered patient examination gloves, powdered surgical gloves, and also on powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves, thus expected to propel the powder-free segment’s market growth even further.

North America holds a prominent share of the market.

Geographically, North America is anticipated to dominate the global market owing to government regulation that limits the use of latex and powered gloves and supports the use of synthetic material – primarily nitrile-based gloves. Furthermore, the growing Latex allergic population and the risk it poses to children and healthcare workers also support the market growth of Nitrile gloves. However, the Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at a high rate due to surging industrialization and growing demand for nitrile gloves for industrial and medical purposes. The booming construction industry also plays a significant role in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa segment.

Competitive Insights.

Prominent/major key market players in the Nitrile Gloves market include Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, and Kossan Nitrile Industries Bhd, among others. The players in the Nitrile Gloves market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the Nitrile Gloves market.

Global Nitrile Gloves Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2019  US$4,304.244 million
 Market Size Value in 2026  US$15,279.227 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 19.84% from 2019 to 2026
 Base Year  2019
 Forecast Period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments Covered  Type, Grade, Application, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered  Top Glove Corporation Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Kossan Nitrile Industries Bhd,   Supermax Corporation Bhd, Latexx Partners Bhd, Cardinal Health, Riverstone   Holdings Limited, Towa Corporation, Ammex, Honeywell International Inc., Mcr   Safety, Longcane Industries Sdn. Bhd., Dipped Products PLC
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type

    • Powdered

    • Powder-Free

  • By Grade

    • Medical Grade

    • Industrial Grade

    • Food Grade

  • By Application

    • Automotive

    • Food Processing

    • Construction

    • Oil and Gas

    • Chemical

    • Others

  • By Geography

    • North America

      • USA

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Others

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • UK

      • Others

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Others

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global nitrile gloves market is expected to reach a market size of US$15,279.227 million in 2026.
The nitrile gloves market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.84% during the forecast period.
Nitrile Gloves Market was valued at US$4,304.244 million in 2019.
The nitrile gloves market is expected to grow due to the rising awareness of the benefits of nitrile gloves in the healthcare sector.
North America holds a prominent share in the nitrile gloves market owing to government regulation that limits the use of latex and powered gloves and supports the use of synthetic material – primarily nitrile-based gloves.


1.1.Market Definition

1.2.Market Segmentation


2.Research Methodology

2.1.Research Data



3.Executive Summary

3.1.Research Highlights


4.Market Dynamics

4.1.Market Drivers

4.2.Market Restraints

4.3.Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1.Bargaining Power of End-Users

4.3.2.Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3.Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4.Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5.Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4.Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.Nitrile Gloves Market Analysis, by Type





6.Nitrile Gloves Market Analysis, by Grade


6.2.Medical Grade

6.3.Industrial Grade

6.4.Food Grade


7.Nitrile Gloves Market Analysis, by End-Use Industry



7.3.Food Processing


7.5.Oil and Gas




8.Nitrile Gloves Market Analysis, by Geography


8.2.North America




8.3.South America





8.4.1.Europe Nitrile Gloves Market, By Type, 2019 to 2026





8.5.Middle East and Africa

8.5.1.Saudi Arabia



8.6.Asia Pacific




8.6.4.South Korea



9.Competitive Environment and Analysis

9.1.Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2.Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3.Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4.Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.Company Profiles

10.1.Top Glove Corporation Bhd

10.2.Hartalega Holdings Bhd

10.3.Kossan Nitrile Industries Bhd

10.4.Supermax Corporation Bhd

10.5.Latexx Partners Bhd

10.6.Cardinal Health

10.7.Riverstone Holdings Limited

10.8.Towa Corporation


10.10.Honeywell International Inc.

10.11.Mcr Safety

10.12.Longcane Industries Sdn. Bhd.

10.13.Dipped Products PLC

Top Glove Corporation Bhd

Hartalega Holdings Bhd

Kossan Nitrile Industries Bhd

Supermax Corporation Bhd

Latexx Partners Bhd

Cardinal Health

Riverstone Holdings Limited

Towa Corporation


Honeywell International Inc.

Mcr Safety

Longcane Industries Sdn. Bhd.

Dipped Products PLC