With SE Asia Recovering from COVID, Glove Capacity Will Return

Southeast Asia is starting to recover from its COVID surge of 2021.

Factories have reopened and production is picking up in major manufacturing areas of Southeast Asia as COVID-19 cases have dropped in recent weeks. This has eased some of the supply-chain constraints that companies blame for lost sales.

While this does not mean that makers of disposable gloves are back to full production yet, it does hint that the industry is trending in the right direction. In Malaysia, which produces nearly 80% of the world’s disposable gloves, efforts to transition its workforce from imported foreign labor to hiring local workers and emphasizing automation are well under way.

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5-Mil Black Nitrile Is a Great Solution During Shortage of Thicker Gloves

Gloveworks Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves from AMMEX.

The disposable glove market has seen a shortage of thicker products ever since the emergence of COVID-19. In order to meet astronomically higher demand for nitrile, manufacturers were forced to produce more gloves at thinner measurements (and in smaller sizes).

Some of our most popular gloves—especially the Raised Diamond Texture suite, 8-mil orange and green, and 6-mil black and royal blue nitrile—have been in extremely short supply for the better part of two years.

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Ongoing COVID Surge Will Ensure Gloves Are Needed for Some Time

Disposable glove sales demand is expected to remain strong through 2021 and into next year.

How is your glove business holding up? Are you concerned about what’s ahead for the rest of the year?

For the first three quarters of 2021, the U.S. economy expanded at a torrid pace, as industries that were shut down during the pandemic—especially restaurants, hospitality, and travel—reopened. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development projected that the U.S. economy will experience 6% overall growth in 2021, putting it substantially ahead of where it was in late 2020.

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Black Nitrile’s Durability, Comfort Is a Great Fit for Food Processing

Packing tomatoes while wearing black nitrile gloves from Gloveworks.

Do your food processing customers tell you they need greater comfort than their current disposable gloves provide? Are they tired of hand fatigue from loose-fitting gloves? Do they want more durability and less concern about rips and punctures?

The solution may be a glove that had not occurred to you: Gloveworks Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves (GPNB).

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Supply Chain Still Posing Challenges for Disposable Glove Market

Stacked-up containers are indicative of the continuing issues facing the global supply chain.

It’s being called a perfect storm. The global supply chain for a broad range of products is under unprecedented stress. Shipping congestion is both slowing down deliveries and driving up costs.

Disposable gloves are not exempt from the chaos. From labor shortages in Southeast Asia factories brought about by surges in COVID-19 cases, to scarcity of container vessels, to closed ports, to backed-up ships off the coast of California, countless products—including gloves—are not getting through.

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Help Your Customers Find the Right Disposable Glove Every Time

AMMEX's Product Toolkit is an invaluable resource for disposable glove distributors.

AMMEX has made a number of improvements to the online portal to enable our distributors with a set of new sales tools. We listened to you and made changes based on your input. We also incorporated industry best practices for UX/UI and the online behavior of our customers.

One of the helpful new features is Your Product Toolkit, a subsection (along with Manage Your Business) of the AMMEX Partner Business Center. It can help you gain product expertise with information tools, media assets, guides, and much more.

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Black Nitrile 5-Mil Gloves Are a Comfortable Fit for Jan/San Customers

Gloveworks Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves deliver barrier protection and comfort.
Do you have disposable glove customers in the janitorial & sanitation industry? Do they have a difficult time finding gloves with the right balance between dependable barrier protection, comfort, and value?

It’s actually a fairly common issue. Vinyl gloves, often chosen for jan/san applications because they are priced right for frequent glove changes, are great for light-duty use. But sometimes you need a stronger, more durable glove with excellent fit that can be worn for longer periods.

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Polyethylene Gloves for Food Service Deliver Hygiene at a Great Price

X3 Industrial Clear Stretch Hybrid Poly Gloves are great for working with food.

If your food service customers are looking for a disposable glove that can help maintain a high degree of hygiene at an attractive price point, look no further than X3 Industrial Clear Stretch Hybrid Poly Gloves (product code: TEX3).

Disposable gloves are more important than ever in the restaurant industry, with the Delta variant of the coronavirus still spreading in many areas. Restaurants are also looking to keep operating costs down, and distributors who can deliver value-oriented, effective products will have an upper hand in growing their customer base.

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Black Nitrile Gloves Are What Automotive Customers Want and Need

Gloveworks Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves are designed with automotive technicians in mind.

The last year and a half has been frustrating for automotive technicians and the distributors who keep them in disposable gloves.

It has been difficult obtaining the kind of thick, durable gloves that techs need to withstand the rigors of working on vehicles. Manufacturers in Malaysia, hamstrung by lockdowns, movement control orders, and limits on capacity, are months behind on their production schedules.

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