In terms of sales revenue in 2019, the global personal protective equipment market reached 37.6 billion US dollars . In terms of sales volume, the global disposable glove market has grown steadily from 385.9 billion in 2015 to 529 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.2%. The United States and Europe are the two regions with the highest consumption of disposable gloves in the world. The total market share of 2019 sales revenue accounts for 65.7%, and the sales volume accounts for 59.9%.

Personal protective equipment refers to equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. The global personal protective equipment market is composed of a variety of products, divided into multiple sub-categories according to protected body parts, including (1) hand protection products, such as disposable gloves and safety gloves; (2) respiratory protection products, such as masks; ( 3) Body protection products, such as isolation gowns; (4) Eye and face protection products, such as masks and goggles; and (5) Others, such as disposable disinfectants. In terms of sales revenue in 2019, the global personal protective equipment market reached 37.6 billion US dollars. In 2019, hand protection products were the largest subcategory with a market share of 32.7%, and disposable gloves accounted for 71.3% of this subcategory.

Increase in demand for disposable gloves during outbreak


  Disposable gloves act as a barrier between the wearer's hand and the exposed surface, which can prevent the wearer from cross-spreading and infecting pollutants or bacteria. Disposable gloves are classified according to their materials, mainly including nitrile, PVC and latex. Disposable nitrile gloves are made of 100% synthetic nitrile latex. They are suitable for medical inspection, food processing and general industrial use. They do not contain protein allergens. Disposable PVC gloves are made of PVC paste resin, suitable for medical inspection, food processing, household and general industrial purposes. Disposable latex gloves are made of natural rubber latex and are suitable for medical inspection, food processing, household and general industrial purposes. Disposable latex gloves contain protein that may cause sensitization.

In terms of sales volume, the global disposable glove market has grown steadily from 385.9 billion in 2015 to 529 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.2%. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for disposable gloves has increased significantly and exceeded the global supply.

In terms of sales in 2019, PVC gloves have the largest market share with 37.5%, followed by nitrile gloves and latex gloves, with market shares of 32.7% and 22.7%, respectively.

In terms of sales revenue, the global disposable glove market has grown steadily from US$6.6 billion in 2015 to US$8.7 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 7.3%.

In terms of sales revenue in 2019, nitrile gloves have the largest market share with 45.5%, followed by PVC gloves and latex gloves with market shares of 27.3% and 25.0%, respectively. Among the three categories, the sales revenue of nitrile gloves increased the most and is expected to increase further in the future.

The United States and Europe are the largest markets for disposable gloves


  The United States and Europe are the two regions with the highest consumption of disposable gloves in the world. The total market share of 2019 sales revenue accounts for 65.7%, and the sales volume accounts for 59.9%.

In the future, the development trend of the global disposable glove market is as follows:


  Apply new processes and technologies. With the medical industryWith the continuous development of the electronics industry, new processes and technologies will be applied to glove production. Therefore, the use of new technology and techniques (e.g. Automation and artificial intelligence technique) a manufacturer more competitive.


  to raise efficiency. As technology continues to upgrade quickly, in recent years the establishment of production lines by aid of more advanced technology and greater efficiency. With the increasingly stringent requirements of environmental protection laws and regulations and advances in technology and technology, it is expected that the glove production line will be upgraded and glove production efficiency will increase accordingly.


  Supply chain integration. Disposable glove manufacturersbenefit from economies of scale in reducing production costs and being able to provide customized products . To achieve economies of scale,the relationship betweenmanufacturers and suppliers is increasingly important. Therefore, disposable glove manufacturers that can integrate the supply chain will achieve economies of scale and stand out from industry competition.


  The market share of nitrile gloves continues to increase. Nitrile gloves are likely to gain a higher market share in the future. First of all, nitrile gloves, such as natural latex gloves, are generally comfortable, soft, and elastic, do not contain latex protein that can cause allergies, and are more stable in quality than natural latex gloves. Second, with the advancement of production technology, the cost of manufacturing nitrile gloves will decrease. Therefore, the price of nitrile gloves will be lower .

Third, contrary to the supply of natural latex gloves, which is limited by natural raw materials , nitrile gloves can be produced on a large scale to meet the growing demand stimulated by COVID-19.