Shortage of Nitrile Leaves Glove Customers to Rely on Vinyl

Nitrile butadiene rubber is in short supply the world over, making nitrile gloves both expensive and difficult to obtain.

Nitrile butadiene rubber is in short supply the world over, making nitrile gloves both expensive and difficult to obtain.

Nearly a year since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the world is still reeling from the pandemic’s effects.

Global cases are in the tens of millions, with deaths over a million. In the U.S., the virus is proliferating. Economies continue to sputter. Still, we may not have yet seen the worst of COVID’s impact on society and the disposable glove marketplace in particular.

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Easily Manage Your AMMEX Account With Our Online Portal

AMMEX's Online Portal is your one-stop shop for everything you need to manage your disposable glove distribution business.

During these volatile times of COVID-19, inventory and pricing levels for disposable gloves are changing frequently. AMMEX has set up a faster, easier way for you to view your monthly glove allocation and pricing.

Our updated Online Portal helps distributors take control of their disposable glove business. Whether you need to order gloves, determine how much inventory you’ve been allocated, or discover pricing levels, the Portal is your one-stop shop for all things AMMEX.

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Demand for Disposable Gloves Will Not Be Easing Anytime Soon

With flu season upon us and COVID-19 likely to spread even further, demand for disposable gloves will remain at all-time highs.

Average sales prices of disposable gloves are going in one direction only: up.

The increased need for gloves worldwide, due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater general awareness of health, safety, and hygiene, drives demand. Manufacturers simply cannot produce enough gloves to satisfy their customers.

COVID-19 is not going away, and if predictions are to be believed, its spread will increase this fall and winter with the arrival of flu season.

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Disposable Glove Supply Shortage Keeping Prices High

In these times of soaring prices, vinyl disposable gloves offer great value in both medical and industrial applications.

Average sales prices of disposable gloves, regardless of material type—nitrile, latex, and vinyl—are going up. Shortages of raw materials also constrain latex and nitrile production, which puts additional pressure on pricing.

The increased need for gloves worldwide continues to drive demand, due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater general awareness of health, safety, and hygiene. Glove manufacturing’s inherent limitations—raw materials, labor, and capacity shortages—constrain supply.

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Vinyl Is the Best Buy in a Difficult Disposable Glove Market

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Disposable gloves are costly, with prices rising every day. For those seeking economies in this difficult market, vinyl gloves are worth your consideration. They are the most readily available and face the fewest manufacturing constraints.

In this era of COVID-19, personal hygiene is at the top of everyone’s mind. Demand for disposable gloves has consequently gone through the roof.

Problem is, so have prices.

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AMMEX Continues to Support Distributors in a Volatile Glove Market

By working together at all stages of the disposable glove supply chain, we can weather the challenges posed by the current market.

With glove prices high and inventory in short supply, the road ahead for distributors will continue to be unpredictable. AMMEX is focused on making that journey less difficult.

Today’s market for disposable gloves is a great equalizer. It leaves everyone—manufacturers, shippers, distributors, end-users—feeling quite humbled.

The truth is, months after the coronavirus pandemic first appeared, disposable gloves are still hard to come by. Prices are higher than ever, likely only to rise even more.

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Demand Is Still Sky-High for Disposable Gloves Across Multiple Industries

Moving forward, demand for disposable gloves will only increase in grocery stores and other public locations.

Months after the novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China, some of its main effects are still only starting to be felt. Confirmed cases globally number in the tens of millions, with deaths in the hundreds of thousands—yet we have not seen the worst of this pandemic’s devastation.

Although there was some success in lowering the infection rate in the spring of 2020, COVID-19 came roaring back during the summer. That was a by-product of state and local governments across the U.S. rushing to reopen their economies.

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Scaling Up Disposable Glove Production Is No Simple Undertaking

Workers assemble boxes of disposable gloves at a factory in China.

In any discussion of personal protective equipment production in these times of COVID-19, perhaps the least avoidable word is “scalability.”

As in: “We need a few billion of (insert name of PPE here). What kind of scalability can you deliver?”

Scalability, of course, is how easily something can be massively expanded or upgraded on demand.

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Disposable Glove Supply Chain Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link

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In these times of personal protective equipment shortages, with prices rising and orders backed up for months, it can be helpful to examine the worldwide disposable glove supply chain that carries products from Southeast Asia factories to end-users. There are myriad factors that, either collectively or individually, can cause a breakdown in supply.

It all starts with raw materials. If you are making latex gloves, you need natural rubber. For nitrile, the basic ingredients are two monomers, acrylonitrile and butadiene. For PVC, it’s polyvinyl chloride monomers.

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