Synthetic Vinyl Blends Open a World of Possibilities for Disposable Gloves

Gloveworks Industrial Blue Synthetic Vinyl Gloves from AMMEX are a great bridge between vinyl and nitrile gloves.
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.
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Vinyl or Nitrile? The Realities of Today’s Disposable Glove Market

Vinyl gloves are versatile and much more available right now than nitrile gloves. Photo by Chokniti Khongchum from Pexels.

Now is a great time for disposable glove distributors to consider introducing their customers to the many positive qualities of vinyl gloves.

In the world of disposable gloves, nitrile is king.

The material, made from nitrile butadiene rubber or NBR, has become the standard across just about every industry. From medical needs to automotive repair, users in the front lines typically choose nitrile gloves.

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In These Times of Disposable Glove Shortages, Vinyl Is a Solid Option

Nail & beauty is just one industry where vinyl gloves have found a home.

With disposable gloves in high demand, vinyl is proving its worth beyond food service and janitorial applications.

The disposable glove marketplace continues to suffer from chronic supply shortages. Because of COVID-19—as well as factors from labor and capacity issues to a lack of raw materials—nitrile and latex gloves are especially difficult to come by. Prices are high and only going higher.

Vinyl gloves, however, are proving a dependable alternative. Not only are they more affordable than other materials, but they are also simply more available. And they are better made than ever before.

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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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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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