It’s an ideal time for glove distributors to highlight the importance of disposable glove use in food service and processing. In 2021, with the Delta variant of the coronavirus widely spreading, it is even more crucial to ensure that restaurant workers are properly gloved up.
Unlike latex gloves, nitrile and vinyl gloves are not made from natural rubber. These gloves come from synthetic materials, but the manufacturing process is essentially the same as latex glove production.
Neither nitrile nor vinyl gloves will aggravate sensitivities to latex, and are largely replacing latex gloves in most applications, especially food service and medical use.
In last week’s blog post, we wrote about disposable glove thickness, which can be a source of confusion for end users (and sometimes even distributors). This week we examine how to choose the right glove material for the job.
When the coronavirus went global in early 2020, the disposable glove market was turned upside down. Inventory of nitrile gloves—far and away the most popular—soon dropped as pricing rose substantially. Now, a year later, nitrile inventory is coming back, prices are coming down, and the amount of available gloves is working its way back to pre-pandemic levels.
When it comes to evaluating disposable gloves, thickness isn’t everything. The material they are made of, and whether they are industrial or exam grade, are also key factors in determining their appropriate applications.
But the question of how thick any particular glove is will always be an endless source of conversation—and often consternation—among those who buy disposable gloves, or sell them for a living.
AMMEX disposable gloves will come in a different wrapper starting this month, but don’t fret: They will still be the same great gloves.
Those who purchase disposable gloves from AMMEX in the coming weeks may notice a new look and feel for all of our packaging. The reason for this redesign is three-fold: We are aligning our brands, simplifying packaging layouts, and making them more presentable.
New disposable gloves are good news for the start of 2021. AMMEX is offering four new gloves—two made of nitrile, one of vinyl, and one of synthetic hybrid vinyl—that fit a variety of applications.
We are almost a month into the new year. Gloves are still in short supply, especially nitrile and latex. We do expect nitrile availability to improve a bit by spring, but the market will be touch and go for a while.
With disposable glove demand and supply still tremendously out of balance, one way to meet customers’ needs is with vinyl gloves.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began its worldwide spread in early 2020, the shortage of both nitrile butadiene rubber and natural rubber latex has plagued the disposable glove industry.
Synthetic hybrid technology combines vinyl with elastomers to produce a disposable glove that is both versatile and value-oriented.
With COVID-19 stretching on for nearly a year and no relief in sight, the disposable glove market faces what may be its greatest challenges ever.
Nitrile and latex products are expensive and hard to come by, largely because of raw material shortages. And the end of 2020—a year many of us will be only too happy to see in the rear-view mirror—is not likely to bring much improvement.
AMMEX is offering several new blended vinyl and poly disposable gloves that provide excellent alternatives to nitrile and latex.
We’ve noted it before, and we note it again: Today’s market for disposable gloves is, in a word, difficult.
These are, as we have pointed out in this space before, volatile times in the disposable glove industry.
COVID-19 has demand for disposable gloves (and face masks and all other forms of personal protective equipment) skyrocketing. Glove supply is lagging because factories in Southeast Asia can’t keep up.