Nitrile Gloves Market By Grade (Medical Grade, Industrial Grade, Food Grade) By Products (Disposable, Durable) By Type (Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves, Powder-Coated Nitrile Gloves) By End-Use (Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Automotive) By Texture (Refrigerated Plant-based Meat, Frozen Plant-based Meat) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2016 - 2028

About this report

The global nitrile gloves market report examines the industry critically using key parameters. The report includes investment strategies, the need for investments in the nitrile glove industry, and the numerous advantages for investors. Importantly, this report outlines significant changes in global technical regulations for the nitrile glove industry and how economic and non-economic barriers assist the market's growth. In addition, the report analyzes historical and projected market sizes at the global, regional, and national levels. The report also thoroughly examines key investment propositions, demand and supply gaps, SRC analysis, STAR analysis, competitor positioning, and Tornado analysis. Other analyses and key technological developments include PESTEL analysis, Porter's five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc.


Nitrile Gloves Market by Volume


Market by Value


Market, Tornado Analysis


Market, STAR Analysis


Market, SRC Analysis


Market, Import-Export Data

Yes (On Demand)

Market Pricing Analysis

Yes (On Demand)

Market Segment Analysis

By Grade (Medical Grade, Industrial Grade, and Food Grade)

By Products (Disposable and Durable)

By Type (Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves and Powder-Coated Nitrile Gloves)

By End-Use (Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Automotive, Construction, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Metal & Machinery, Cleanrooms, and Others)

By Texture (Smooth, Micro Roughened, and Aggressively Textured)

Market, Regional Analysis

North America (the US and Canada)

Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the Rest of Europe)

Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, and the Rest of Asia Pacific)

Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America)

Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries, South Africa, and the Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Market Key Companies

Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Ansell Limited, Dynarex Corporation, United Glove Inc, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Unigloves (UK) Limited, YTY Group, and Riverstone Resources Sdn Bhd

Market Competitive Landscape

Market Share Analysis

Competitive Benchmarking

Key Players Market Positioning

Geographical Presence Analysis

Major Strategies Adopted


Key Highlights of the Report

Major segments performing in the Nitrile Gloves market

  • The powder-free nitrile gloves segment led the global market in terms of type in 2021 and is expected to continue throughout the forecast period owing to increased awareness about the product's benefits, such as being more skin-friendly than powder-coated gloves. Various medical, chemical, and food processing applications and advantageous governmental regulations are also anticipated to drive powder-free nitrile glove market demand.
  • In 2021, the disposable products segment accounted for the largest global nitrile glove market share. Disposable nitrile gloves are intended for one-time use only and should be discarded after each use. Disposable gloves are typically thinner than long-lasting gloves, which provide greater sensitivity. Some benefits of disposable nitrile gloves include cost-effectiveness and safety assurance. These factors will drive disposable product growth over the coming years.
  • The medical-grade segment dominated the global market in 2021 and is expected to continue during the projected period. Growing disease prevalence drives demand for medical-grade nitrile gloves in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Furthermore, growing public awareness of health and safety precautions to prevent disease spread propels the medical-grade segment forward.
  • In 2021, the aggressively textured segment dominated the global nitrile glove market owing to the increasing use of aggressively textured gloves in the metal & machinery, construction, and automotive sectors for their ability to provide extreme grip to grab and fit even small objects, such as nuts and bolts. Aggressively textured gloves are thicker and more textured, offering the wearer a firm grip and protection against slippery objects and tools.
  • In 2021, the healthcare end-use segment held the largest revenue share due to the growing demand for nitrile gloves in the healthcare sector, which are used to prevent the spread of germs, blood-borne pathogens, and other chemical contaminants.

In 2021, North America dominated the global Nitrile Gloves market.

North America dominated the global nitrile gloves market in 2021 and is expected to maintain its dominance over the projected period. The region's growth is driven by a growing elderly population, increased healthcare spending, and increased awareness of hospital-acquired infections. The prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, and many others is also expected to increase in the coming years, which will likely spur market expansion. Increased demand for extremely effective protective gloves in most key industries, such as food & beverage, metal processing, oil & gas, automotive, and chemical, is expected to drive market penetration in North America during the projected period.

Favorable legislation emphasizing worker safety will drive market growth over the forecast period.

The United States is a major market for nitrile gloves, owing to the growing awareness of the importance of hand hygiene and the increasing number of accidents and injuries in the country. Moreover, favorable legislation emphasizing the importance of protecting individuals working in hazardous conditions is expected to drive market growth throughout the forecast period. This reflects the high level of hygiene and regulatory compliance required by healthcare regulatory authorities in the United States. Aside from the healthcare sector, the growing demand for protective gloves in automobiles, food, beverage, chemicals, and building projects drives the nitrile gloves market in the United States.

Competitive environment: the market is highly fragmented, with several market participants.

The global nitrile glove market is highly fragmented, with several market participants. These market participants heavily implement inorganic growth techniques like mergers and acquisitions, product enhancement, distribution network advancement, partnerships, and collaboration to outperform rivals. For instance, Showa Group, a significant glove manufacturer in Japan, announced plans to triple nitrile glove production by 2022 in January 2021. This capacity expansion will make nitrile gloves more widely available in North America and assist the company in assuming the top spot in the sector. Similarly, Hartalega Holdings announced in March 2020 that it had purchased land to expand its glove manufacturing facility in Sepang, Malaysia. The demand for hand protection has increased due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Executive Summary

Technical developments in the global Nitrile Gloves market

Scientific and technological improvements in surgical procedures for various health conditions in developed and developing economies are projected to increase allergy-free and sterile nitrile use. Nitrile glove producers use cutting-edge technologies to produce, design, and supply their product to various end-use industries. These producers either own their own independent proprietary technology or use technology that other market participants, under license, provide. These market players have fully committed manufacturing sites in one location and distribute their products in different regions to keep costs low. The industry also prioritizes R&D initiatives to create new technology for fabricating nitrile gloves. For example, in November 2019, Ansell Limited signed a partnership with ProGlove, a major supplier of nitrile gloves, to create hand protection solutions utilizing technology to guarantee proper personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance at medical facilities. The company's competitive position in the global nitrile glove market is anticipated to be strengthened by this partnership.

Key investments by the Nitrile Gloves market players

The market for nitrile gloves witnessed a sizable new investment due to pricing incentives and escalating demand. The key market players are investing in product development and implementing capacity expansion strategies to meet the strong demand and strengthen their position in the global market. For instance, Relevium Technologies Inc. revealed in December 2021 that it had acquired two PPE agreements for CAD$11 million and CAD$5 million to deliver a total of 180 million healthcare standard nitrile gloves. Likewise, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second-largest nitrile glove manufacturer, planned to invest USD 1.70 billion in 16 new production plants over the next 20 years in March 2021. Hartalega intends to increase annual glove manufacturing capacity to 95 billion gloves by 2027 from the current 12 facilities.

Some major players in the nitrile gloves market are Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Ansell Limited, Dynarex Corporation, United Glove Inc., Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd., Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Unigloves (UK) Limited, YTY Group, and Riverstone Resources Sdn Bhd.

Major Driving Factors for the Nitrile Gloves market

Nitrile gloves are puncture-resistant rubber gloves with a longer shelf life than latex gloves. Nitrile gloves are primarily used in medical and non-medical settings to prevent contamination. Nitrile gloves, which provide better virus defense than other types of gloves like vinyl and latex, have seen an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Nitrile gloves are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a means of virus protection. Some factors driving market growth are the rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases and the rising demand for surgical interventions. Moreover, the increasing number of diagnostic laboratories propels the nitrile glove market forward. Furthermore, increasing hygiene and safety awareness among patients and healthcare professionals is expected to drive market expansion.

Major Risks for the Nitrile Gloves market

The primary material used to make nitrile gloves is nitrile butadiene rubber, with acrylonitrile as a copolymer. The prices of these raw materials are volatile and are expected to rise further during the forecast period, limiting the market's revenue growth. Moreover, the price of nitrile gloves has increased due to a shortage of butadiene brought on by the sudden closure of most manufacturing facilities. This may also limit global market growth throughout the projected period.


Key type in the Nitrile Gloves market

Powder-free nitrile gloves will dominate the global market during the forecast period due to their rising popularity across various industries. Healthcare facilities are switching from latex gloves to powder-free nitrile gloves since powder-free gloves are less form-fitting after being chlorinated or coated with polymers like silicones, acrylics, and hydrogels. Powder-free gloves leave no residue and are therefore appropriate for use in the automotive sector. Powder-free gloves also cause fewer allergies because they are made with less protein and chemical content, allowing them to be used for longer periods. Moreover, strict regulations on powdered gloves imposed by many governments worldwide will positively impact the powder-free nitrile gloves market throughout the projected period.

Regional performance analysis of the Nitrile Gloves market

North America is expected to dominate the global market due to government regulations that restrict the use of latex and powered gloves and encourage the use of synthetic materials, primarily nitrile-based gloves. The expansion of the regional market for nitrile gloves is also aided by the rising number of people who are allergic to latex and the dangers that this poses to children and medical professionals. In addition, expansion in the regional personal care, hygiene, and food processing industries is anticipated to open up lucrative market opportunities.

Furthermore, the Asia Pacific market is expected to grow fastest during the forecast period due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in countries such as India, China, Japan, and Indonesia. In addition, it is anticipated that quick industrialization and increasing safety and hygiene standards in various healthcare settings in developing countries will positively impact the industry's growth. China's medical and healthcare sector is expected to grow rapidly due to several factors, including an aging population, urbanization, rising living standards, and expanding healthcare systems. Increasing medical costs are expected to fuel the expansion of the country's healthcare industry, which will support industrial production.

Regulatory landscape for the Nitrile Gloves market

The increased demand for medical gloves during the pandemic has resulted in the global production of counterfeit and non-licensed medical gloves. As a result, the FDA has been actively investigating, inspecting, and reviewing medical gloves and other PPE products at ports of entry and in domestic commerce to reduce and prohibit the sale and use of unlicensed and unsafe medical gloves. Moreover, the FDA is offering regulatory flexibility in certain situations that are listed under the enforcement policy for gloves during the COVID-19 public health emergency act to meet the demand for medical gloves on a global scale. Despite the pandemic, these factors have produced new growth opportunities for key players in the nitrile glove market.

Market size of Nitrile Gloves with regard to value

The global nitrile gloves market is anticipated to grow at a substantial CAGR of 5.5% in the upcoming years. The global nitrile glove industry is estimated to be worth USD 8.5 billion in 2021 and is expected to be worth USD 11.72 billion by 2028.

Major players' plans for the future of the Nitrile Gloves market

Leading companies concentrate on developing new products and innovative material use in nitrile glove manufacturing as core strategies for expanding their product portfolio in the global nitrile glove market. The use of novel processes to produce allergy-free raw rubber and the inclusion of an anti-microbial substance in nitrile gloves are anticipated to provide value-added benefits in clinical applications. Players in the market also focus on collaborations and acquisitions to gain early market entry and a large revenue share for nitrile gloves. For instance, Yanimed announced the formation of a joint venture in April 2021 with Guangdong Guyun Medical Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturing company specializing in R&D, fabrication, and manufacturing of disposable medical items such as nitrile gloves.

Segmentation of Global Nitrile Gloves Market -

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By Grade

  • Medical Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Food Grade

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By Products

  • Disposable
  • Durable

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By Type

  • Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves
  • Powder-Coated Nitrile Gloves

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By End-Use

  • Healthcare
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Metal & Machinery
  • Cleanrooms
  • Others

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By Texture

  • Refrigerated Plant-based Meat
  • Frozen Plant-based Meat
  • Shelf-stable Plant-based Meat

Global Nitrile Gloves Market – By Region

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • South-east Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East and Africa

Frequently asked questions about the global Nitrile Gloves market

The global nitrile glove market benefited from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic increased demand for nitrile gloves, as experts believe that single-use nitrile gloves are essential for preventing disease spread and keeping medical and laboratory practices sanitary.

North America accounted for the largest share in the global nitrile glove market.

Increasing use by healthcare professionals, rising incidences of chronic diseases and the need for surgical interventions, and expanding use in cosmetic and plastic surgeries are anticipated to drive revenue growth in the global nitrile gloves market.

The powder-free nitrile gloves segment had a major global market share in 2021.

The medical-grade segment had a major global market share in 2021.

Nitrile Gloves Market Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market Value in 2021 USD 8.5 billion
Market Value in 2028 USD 11.72 billion
CAGR 5.5%
Benchmarking Year 2021
Past data 2016 – 2021
Forecast period 2022 – 2028
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Published Date:  Dec 2022
Category:  Medical Devices
Report ID:   60858
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