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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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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Restaurant Cleanliness Begins With Disposable Gloves and Hand Hygiene

X3 Industrial Clear Vinyl Gloves from AMMEX are great when sanitizing surfaces.

In these make-or-break times for restaurants, cleanliness has never been more important. And you can’t have a truly clean restaurant without disposable gloves.

Food and beverage sales in the restaurant industry are projected to total $789 billion in 2021, up 19.7% from 2020. That’s an encouraging turnaround, considering that during the pandemic the industry has lost nearly $300 billion in sales.

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Face Masks, Like COVID, Will Be With Us for Some Time

Face masks will not be going away entirely for some time.

Across the country, people are wondering if they will still be wearing face masks now that society has largely begun reopening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that fully vaccinated Americans no longer have to cover their faces unless they are in a large crowd of strangers.

But are face mask requirements going away entirely? Not likely. It would be prudent to keep some on hand, at least through the summer and probably longer.

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Lighter Gloves a Likely Trend in COVID-19 World

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In 2020, demand for disposable gloves and personal protective equipment is at all-time highs. The global spread of the novel coronavirus has completely taken over the conversation—and the market—as glove manufacturers struggle to keep the supply chain moving.

Also on the rise, of course, is the cost of doing business. With shortages of raw materials and labor, and restrictions on who gets priority access to PPE, glove prices are going up. It’s not a matter of gouging, but simple economics: demand rises, supply drops, gloves get more expensive.

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Unprecedented Demand Beyond COVID-19 Drives Glove Industry Growth

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The global disposable gloves market is experiencing explosive growth. Today’s overwhelming demand for personal protective equipment is expected to continue unabated as glove manufacturers in Southeast Asia struggle to keep up with orders.

Health-related fears driven by the novel coronavirus are of course a major factor in the industry’s current economic boom. But beyond that, the use of disposable gloves, especially in the industrial safety sector, has been steadily on the rise.

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