Europe Medical Gloves Market share was valued at USD 2,315.7 million in 2019 and is expected to witness 12.0% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.
Medical gloves are the personal protective equipment that are used to protect the patient and the healthcare providers from the spread of illness or infections during the course of examinations and medical procedures. Medical gloves are also used in the area of healthcare industry owing to its low risk of contamination. Currently, powder-free gloves are in a huge demand precisely due to the low risk of allergy. Rising awareness pertaining to hygiene, safety especially during COVID-19 pandemic, has propelled the demand for medical gloves dramatically across the region.
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Growing number of surgical procedures across Europe will positively impact the market growth. Surgical gloves act as a protective barrier to prevent potential disease-causing microbe transmission between healthcare professionals and patients during the surgical procedure. For instance, according to the news article, in 2018, around 1.16 million caesarean surgeries were performed in the European Union. As a result, the demand for the gloves is burgeoning exponentially across the region. Substantial rise in number of cosmetic procedures has been witnessed in the region. Rapid uptake of such procedures will further augment the market size. In addition, increasing occurrence of road accidents causing injuries such as brain injuries, knee injuries, back and spinal cord injuries that require immediate medical intervention further propels the demand for the medical gloves. Thus, increasing trauma and critical surgeries will collectively have major impact on the product demand in the coming years. Hence, the above-mentioned factors will propel the market growth positively in the forthcoming years.
Europe Market, By Product
By product, the market is segmented into latex gloves, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, neoprene gloves and others. Nitrile gloves segment held significant market share and is projected to expand at 20.1% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. The high market growth is attributed to the growing awareness pertaining to the benefits of the nitrile gloves in healthcare facilities. Nitrile gloves are latex free, which further aids their adoption among people with latex allergies. In addition, growing spread of the COVID-19 in the region has propelled the demand, exclusively in the healthcare sector to reduce further transmission of the disease. Hence, the above-mentioned factors are some of the attributes that will drive the segmental growth in the coming years.
Europe Market, By Form
On the basis of form, the Europe medical gloves market is bifurcated as powder-free gloves and powdered gloves. Powder-free gloves segment was valued at around USD 1,679 million in 2019 and is expected to follow the same trend in the coming years. This is due to the rising preference across numerous healthcare applications. Furthermore, powder-free gloves are ideal for sensitive skin and has better resistance. As powder-free gloves offers less contamination risk, therefore the adoption of these gloves in the medical industry is significantly high. Hence, owing to the above mentioned factors the market will witness a positive growth in the coming years.
Europe Market, By Application
By application, the market is segmented into examination and surgical gloves. Examination gloves segment witnessed the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,653 million. Examination gloves assist in preventing contamination between patients and healthcare providers. Examination gloves need not to be sterile as compared to surgical gloves. In addition, large patient population suffering from infectious diseases that requires lab visits will in turn propel the demand for examination gloves across the region. Hence, the aforementioned factors will significantly propel the market growth in the future.
Europe Market, By Usage
By usage, the Europe medical gloves market is segmented into disposable and reusable. Disposable gloves segment witnessed the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,819 million and is anticipated to follow the same trend in the coming years. Disposable medical gloves provide protection against transmission of pathogens during surgeries and medical examinations. Rising concern regarding hand safety during COVID-19 pandemic, growing number of surgeries, and increasing hygiene standards are some of the attributes that will drive the segmental growth. In addition, growing development of healthcare infrastructure and upsurge in healthcare reforms across the region will further drive the market growth positively. Hence, the abovementioned factors are in turn, projected to drive their demand in the coming years.
Europe Market, By Sterility
By sterility, the Europe medical gloves market is bifurcated as sterile gloves and non-sterile gloves. Non-sterile gloves segment witnessed the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 1,351 million. The high growth is due to several factors including non-sterile medical gloves that are cost effective and pose no higher risk of infection during non-surgical procedures. Furthermore, growing number of examinations and non-surgical medical procedures will further drive the demand for these gloves that in turn will propel the overall market growth in the coming years.
Europe Market, By Distribution Channel
By distribution channel, the market is segmented into brick & mortar and e-commerce. E-commerce segment is anticipated to grow at 13.7% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. The high growth rate is owing to the several factors including cost-effective, accessibility to the product, ease of access, product and price comparison, among others. Also, several offers, and discounts provided by the online platforms and companies result in a greater number of users purchasing via e-commerce channel. Hence, the aforementioned factors will propel the segmental growth in the coming years.
Europe Market, By End-use
By end-use, the Europe medical gloves market is segmented into hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic centers and others. Hospitals segment held the largest revenue in 2019 and was valued at around USD 898 million. The high growth rate is owing to the growing usage of medical gloves in hospitals by nurses, surgeons, healthcare workers for surgical procedures and examination purposes. In addition, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has uplifted the demand for medical gloves across the region. Hence, the abovementioned factors will create growth opportunities in the coming years.
Europe Market, By Country
Germany medical gloves market held over 17% revenue share in 2019. This is attributed due to several reasons including surging demand for medical gloves due to rapid spread of COVID-19, growing geriatric population coupled with chronic diseases, presence of industry players, rise in hospital admissions. In addition, with the second wave of COVID-19, and the surging infections across the country, the demand for medical gloves will witness a significant traction. Hence, these factors are anticipated to propel the market growth positively in the coming years.
Competitive Market Share
Some of the major industry players involved in Europe medical gloves market include Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Semperit AG Holding, Cardinal Health, Inc., Ansell Limited, SHIELD Scientific, Robinson Healthcare, Medline Industries, Inc., These industry players are undertaking several inorganic strategies such as collaborations, mergers and acquisitions to maintain their market position. For instance, in March 2019, Ansell launched a new nitrile exam glove called MICROFLEX MidKnight XTRA that provides the additional benefit of covering the wrist and forearm. This new product launch increased the product portfolio of the company thereby, boosting the company growth.
During 1900’s the evolution of modern surgical glove happened and in 1964, Ansell manufactured the first disposable latex medical glove. These gloves were sterilized using gamma irradiation and were then disposed of following surgery. Furthermore, disposable surgical gloves have become essential in the operating room and many surgeons wear double glove during the surgical procedures to reduce the risk of infection from glove puncture. In addition, talcum powder was introduced to make the donning of gloves easier however, over the past few years’ various evidence has arisen that showed the development of post-operative scars and inflammation associated with these powdered gloves. Hence, gradually the use of powdered gloves started declining. Recently the introduction of non-latex gloves was taken place. The consistent utilization of latex gloves has led to an increasing rate of latex allergy in medical professionals and patients leading to increased adoption of non-latex gloves such as polyvinyl chloride and neoprene.