Trends of Nitrile Gloves in the New Crown Epidemic

Jan. 11, 2022 | 17:51:44

The market has been greatly driven by the COVID-19 outbreak, resulting in exponential growth in demand for nitrile gloves. The risk of infection and the implementation of strict hygiene protocols make nitrile gloves a compelling option, as these gloves play an important role in preventing the spread of infection while maintaining the hygiene of laboratory and medical procedures.

The pandemic has led to a significant increase in demand for PPE from the healthcare industry and the public, a situation that has made it difficult for manufacturers and other businesses to maintain ideal inventories to ensure employee safety. While the initial focus was on a significant shortage of N95 masks, shortages in supply and rising unit prices of nitrile gloves became major issues.

Most hospitals and healthcare facilities are struggling with a shortage of medical gloves, no protective clothing and masks. While severe shortages of essential supplies such as masks, respirators and sterile wipes are causing safety concerns, the sudden drop in the supply of nitrile gloves continues to be a huge challenge for healthcare facilities that rely heavily on these gloves for their high durability and puncture characteristics and chemical resistance.

Although nitrile glove manufacturers are in full production, supply has been unable to meet demand since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. This shortfall is affecting a large number of end-users, including healthcare professionals and other industrial users.

In addition, COVID-19 vaccination programs announced in different countries will significantly boost the global demand for these gloves. Healthcare and government organizations implementing these vaccination programs need to ensure that they provide sufficient nitrile gloves for healthcare professionals aiming to administer COVID-19 to people to achieve ideal hand hygiene and protection.


Here, we will describe nitrile gloves in detail.


1. Definition

Nitrile rubber is produced from butadiene (H2C=CH-CH=CH2) and acrylonitrile (H2C=CH-CN) by emulsion polymerization, mainly by low-temperature emulsion polymerization, and has the properties of both homopolymers. Butadiene component gives the copolymer elasticity and cold resistance, acrylonitrile component has a strong polarity, -CN group can make the copolymer with good chemical resistance, especially oil resistance (refers to alkane oil) is particularly good. Increasing the content of acrylonitrile in rubber can improve the oil resistance of rubber, but the elasticity and cold resistance will be reduced its products have good oil resistance, higher wear resistance and better heat resistance.

Nitrile gloves can be divided into two types with and without powder. The length of nitrile gloves is 23cm and 30cm; thickness is 0.08~0.09mm, the color is mainly blue, and the main finished products are packed with 100pcs per box, and the specifications are XS, S, M, L, XL.


2. Application fields

a. Food processing field

Food disposable nitrile gloves are specially designed and produced for food industry protection and processing, especially for their hygiene, health, safety, oil resistance, alkali resistance and durability.

Fengwang's nitrile gloves are ideal for food processing and food service because they can be worn for long periods of time.


Fengwang's nitrile gloves

b. Household cleaning field

The disposable nitrile gloves for household cleaning are specially designed and manufactured by the company for the use in the field of hygiene and cleaning, especially reflecting its acid and alkali resistance, oil, water and stain resistance, dexterity and lightness, the product has been widely used in household care, daily cleaning, hygiene protection and other aspects of use.

c. Hairdressing and hair coloring field

Hairdressing hair dyeing special disposable nitrile gloves are specially designed and produced by the company for the characteristics of the hairdressing industry, especially reflecting its waterproof and oil-proof hair dyeing agent, oil-proof, dexterous and light, easy to use characteristics, the product has been widely used by the hairdressing industry.


d. Medical field

Medical examination special disposable nitrile gloves are specially designed and produced by the company for the characteristics used in the medical industry, especially reflecting its acid and alkali resistance, anti-infection, anti-allergy characteristics, the product has become the necessary protective gloves used by medical workers in domestic medical institutions. Nitrile gloves do not contain proteins, amino compounds and other harmful substances, and rarely produce allergies, making them ideal for use by medical personnel. In addition, the puncture resistance of nitrile gloves is three to five times higher than that of latex, making them a better choice for dentists who need to use sharp tools.


e.  Industrial field

Industrial disposable nitrile gloves are specially designed and processed for the characteristics of the factory processing industry, especially reflecting its anti-static, good breathability, comfort, acid, oil and bacteria resistance, and have been recognized and used as the necessary protective gloves for food processing enterprises in China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and other countries and regions. For example, workers in battery manufacturing plants face the hazards of lead, then nitrile gloves are the best choice, because nitrile gloves have excellent chemical resistance, and wear to fit the hand, can provide better operating sensitivity.


3. Product features

Nitrile gloves are resistant to acid, alkali, oil, non-toxic, non-hazardous and odorless.

Nitrile gloves are made of synthetic nitrile material, which does not contain proteins in latex that make human body allergic reaction easily, and the selected formula is advanced in process, soft to the touch, comfortable and non-slip, and flexible in operation.

Nitrile gloves do not contain phthalate, silicone oil, amino compounds, with very good clean performance and anti-static properties, aging and oil resistance, purification nitrile gloves are designed according to the shape of the human hand, with great sensitivity, excellent tensile properties and puncture resistance, high tensile strength and excellent wear resistance.

Nitrile gloves are soft, comfortable and close to the hand. It has characteristics such as durability and safety.

The pigment of the blue model is added at the raw material stage, and the finished product has no release, no color loss and no effect on the product.

Made of 100% synthetic nitrile rubber with low ionic content.


4. Production process (Nitrile glove machinery)

Hand mold cleaning → hand mold oven → coagulant tank → oven → latex tank 1 → oven → latex tank 2 → oven → water washing → oven → rolled edge → main oven → cooling → chlorine wash tank → water washing → neutralization → water washing → PU tank → final oven → pre-release → demoulding → inspection → packaging → storage → shipping inspection → boxing and shipping.


5. Instructions for use

This product does not distinguish between right and left hands, please choose gloves that fit your hand size specifications.

When wearing gloves, no rings or other ornaments should be worn; pay attention to trimming nails.

This product is limited to disposable use; please dispose of the product after use as medical waste to prevent germs from contaminating the environment.

Direct exposure to strong light such as sunlight or ultraviolet light is strictly prohibited.


6. Storage conditions and methods

It should be stored in a cool and dry warehouse (indoor temperature below 30 degrees, relative humidity below 80% is appropriate) on a shelf 200mm above the ground.


The outbreak of New Crown Pneumonia is the main factor driving the growth of global demand for nitrile gloves. From the perspective of the industry, the global suppliers of disposable gloves are mainly concentrated in Malaysia and China; from the perspective of production capacity, Malaysia is the main supplier of nitrile gloves, but China has a stronger advantage in the production of nitrile gloves, and domestic glove manufacturers are expected to take the lead later; Nitrile gloves production cost of raw materials accounted for more than 50%, its main raw materials are nitrile latex and other chemical products, the domestic crude oil industry chain is mature, raw material costs are much lower than Malaysia; energy costs, Malaysian glove manufacturers use natural gas costs compared to clean coal-fired more than double. With the development of the global new crown pneumonia epidemic, the global nitrile gloves market size will further grow in the future.


The global nitrile glove market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.6% over the next five years to reach US$8.56 billion by 2026.


Influenced by the epidemic, the future growth rate of disposable glove sales will be significantly higher. So, what are you waiting for, hurry up and order nitrile glove machinery, huge business opportunities beckon you.