North America Medical Gloves Market share was valued at USD 2,456.2 million in 2019 and is expected to witness 10.1% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.
Medical gloves are reusable or disposable gloves that are used in medical examination and surgical procedures to prevent cross-contamination between patients and caregivers. The consumers of medical gloves have considerably increased with growing incidences of acute and chronic infections as well as number of surgeries. Growing awareness pertaining to health safety and emerging number of patients suffering from COVID-19 has also led to an upsurge in number of medical glove consumers. Therefore, the demand for medical gloves is accelerating significantly, thereby driving the market growth. In addition, medical gloves market growth is majorly driven by the presence and active participation of well-established major market players involved in making investments in healthcare.
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Rapid growth in number of surgeries in North America will drive the market growth across the region. A large proportion of population in countries such as U.S. and Canada prefer undergoing facial rejuvenation and plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2017, approximately 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. Additionally, the number of patients suffering from obesity is rising exponentially owing to the lifestyle in the region. As a result, a large proportion of population in the region is opting for bariatric surgery for the treatment of severe obesity. Moreover, according to a published report, more than one million surgical procedures are performed in Canada every year. Therefore, these factors are augmenting the demand for medical gloves in the region. Furthermore, the North American Surgery network offers access to high-quality surgical procedures such as spinal surgery and women procedures at prices that are 50% below hospital prices. This factor is potentially augmenting the number of people undergoing surgeries in North America, thereby increasing the demand for medical gloves. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will significantly boost the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Product
Based on product, the North America medical gloves market is segmented as latex gloves, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, neoprene gloves and others. Latex gloves segment held the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,131 million. The majority market share is owing to biodegradability, high elasticity, high-level of touch sensitivity and effective prevention from exposure to infections due to high barrier properties. However, latex gloves cause skin allergies and reactions in hands. Additionally, it is difficult to detect lacerations and puncture holes in latex gloves. Therefore, the demand for latex gloves by healthcare professionals will decrease in the coming years. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will decline the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Form
Based on form, the market is bifurcated as powder-free gloves and powdered gloves. Powder-free gloves segment is forecasted to expand at 10.3% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. Powder-free gloves are puncture resistant and provide significant resistant to allergies. The utilization of powder-free gloves in surgeries has significantly reduced the incidences of latex allergies. These gloves are less messy than other gloves, versatile, skin-friendly and have high strength. Additionally, they have high chemical and water resistance, high level of grip and dexterity that aids the surgeons in performing surgeries. Thus, the adoption and demand for powder-free gloves is substantially increasing. According to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology, all medical and dental facilities are encouraged to use powder-free gloves. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will significantly boost the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Application
Based on application, the North America medical gloves market is bifurcated as examination gloves and surgical gloves. Surgical gloves segment is forecasted to expand at 10.6% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. Surgical gloves are largely used by surgeons in North America owing to the increasing number of surgeries in the region. For instance, as per the statistics in a published report, approximately 1.5 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2019. Growing preference for non-invasive surgeries and rising awareness among the healthcare providers for safety measures has also boosted the demand for surgical gloves in the region. Additionally, surgical gloves are widely adopted owing to the accuracy, precise sizing and tactile sensitivity provided to surgeons by these gloves. These factors are further uplifting the demand for surgical gloves. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will stimulate the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Usage
Based on usage, the North America medical gloves market is bifurcated as disposable gloves and reusable gloves. Disposable gloves segment held the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,927 million. The majority market size is owing to the reduced risk of cross-contamination and transmission by blood-borne pathogens, and harmful chemicals as these gloves are intended for single-use. Increasing awareness pertaining to the safety and hygiene in order to safeguard healthcare professionals and patients against infections has led to a huge demand for disposable gloves. Therefore, the utilization and demand for disposable gloves has uplifted in the past few years. Furthermore, rise in number of people suffering from infectious diseases in North America is increasing the demand for disposable gloves. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will stimulate the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Sterility
Based on sterility, the market is bifurcated as sterile gloves and non-sterile gloves. Sterile gloves segment held largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,014 million. The majority market size is owing to their higher resistance to microorganisms and higher AQL (acceptable quality level) that provides no risk of infection. Sterile gloves are majorly used in surgical procedures. Thus, the increasing number of surgical procedures is increasing the demand for sterile gloves. Prevalence of acute and chronic infections in North America is further augmenting the demand for sterile gloves. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will stimulate the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Distribution Channel
Based on distribution channel, the North America medical gloves market is bifurcated as brick and mortar and e-commerce. E-commerce segment is projected to expand at 11.7% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. E-commerce provides cost-effective medical gloves with faster response to the demand and a faster buying platform to the buyers. In addition, a major proportion of population in North America prefers e-commerce services owing to enhanced accessibility to internet services. Therefore, medical gloves are largely distributed in the region through e-commerce. Furthermore, e-commerce market for medical gloves is witnessing growth owing to the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic as people are preferring to stay indoors. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will stimulate the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By End-use
Based on end-use, the North America medical gloves market is bifurcated as hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic centers and others. Hospitals segment held largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 947 million. The majority market share is owing to the increasing inflow of patients undergoing surgeries and increasing number of hospitals in the region. For instance, according to a published study of 2019, the number of hospitals in the U.S. increased by 700 as compared to the previous year. Reimbursement policies pertaining to surgical procedures in hospitals is leading to an increased number of patients undergoing surgeries, thereby augmenting the demand for medical gloves in hospitals. Furthermore, the ongoing pandemic has boosted the demand for medical gloves in hospitals owing to rising number of patients suffering from COVID-19 disease. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will stimulate the market growth in the coming years.
North America Market, By Country
U.S. medical gloves market held over 90% market share in 2019. The large market size is attributed to presence of well-established infrastructure and rising incidences of acute and chronic diseases, including contagious diseases that require effective diagnosis and surgery. In addition, a major proportion of population in the U.S. prefers undergoing cosmetic surgeries to enhance their appearance. These factors are contributing to increased demand for medical gloves. Moreover, increasing awareness pertaining to safety against infectious diseases is augmenting the demand for medical gloves in the country. For instance, as per the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NIOSHA) in the U.S., it is mandatory to wear medical gloves while patient-care activities that involve exposure to blood and body fluids that may be contaminated with blood. Moreover, as per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the demand for personal protective equipment including medical gloves is increasing rapidly than the supply available to health care organizations in the ongoing pandemic. Thus, this factor is augmenting the demand and supply of medical gloves in the country. Furthermore, presence of strong market players is contributing to the market growth. Hence, the above-mentioned factors are fostering the market growth in the U.S.
Competitive Market Share
Some of the major industry players involved in North America medical gloves market include Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Medline Industries Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Ansell Limited and Robinson Healthcare among others. These companies are undertaking various strategic collaborations, mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their market position, increase customer base and enhance geographical presence in the region. For instance, in June 2019, Top Glove Corporation Berhad launched BioGreen biodegradable powder-free nitrile glove, for medical and non-medical sector. The strategic move assisted the company in expanding their product portfolio and enhancing their customer base.
The utilization of medical gloves commenced in the late 1800s in North America. In 1889, Goodyear Rubber Company developed thin rubber gloves for the chief nurse of operating room at John Hopkins Hospital in the U.S. In mid-1890, some of the doctors assisting in the operations began using gloves regularly for the purpose of protecting their hands rather than avoiding infection. However, throughout the 1990s, concerns pertaining to transmittable diseases, particularly HIV infection and hepatitis were increasing that resulted in a dramatic increase in the utilization of natural rubber latex gloves. Consequently, in 1900s, approximately 20 medical glove manufacturing plants began operating in the region with companies such as Baxter and Johnson & Johnson. By the year 1995, the latex allergy dilemma become a prevalent issue that later resulted in the introduction of two new North American surgical glove factories. Tactyl Technologies established operation California and ECI Medical Technologies launched a factory in Canada. Gradually by the late 1900s new nitrile glove manufacturing plants were established in North America. Thus, the region has witnessed a consistent utilization and demand for medical gloves that has contributed to the medical gloves industry growth since late 1900s. Furthermore, continuous investments by market players in the region to develop improved medical gloves has contributed to the North America medical gloves market growth in the region.