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  1. 1. Choosing the right supplies based on medical gloves standard and key drivers enhancing the growth of rubber glove companies in 2013
  2. 2. What do you need to know about rubber glove companies and industry trend in 2013 to ensure your success in glove business? Disclaimer This book is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Table of Contents Chapter 1: Choosing the Right Supplies Based on Medical Glove Standards - AQL 1.5 Level Elongation Physical Appearance Comfort of gloves High risk situations
  3. 3. Chapter 2: Concern for Medical Glove Companies - Growing Number of Infections Synthetic Alternatives Pathogenic Infections Puncture resistance Flexibility of gloves - Chapter 3: Key Drivers Enhancing the Growth of Rubber Production in 2013 - Escalating Hygiene Awareness and Healthcare Regulations - Rising Ageing Population - Health Threats - Increasing Global Healthcare Expenditure Chapter 4: Glove Industry Trend in 2013 - Shifting Demand from NR to Nitrile Rubber Gloves - Stronger USD - Combined Expansion Plans of Rubber Gloves Companies - New Growth Markets - Industry Consolidation
  4. 4. Introduction M edical glove standards are different for surgical and exam gloves. Medical gloves are meant to prevent the spread of bacteria, normally between caregiver and patient. Medical gloves are used to stop the unregulated spread of disease in medical settings. Besides protecting the patient, it also protects the caregiver. Halsted's germ theory of disease helped medical care providers begin to understand how to stop the spread of pathogens. Latex, vinyl, nitrile rubber and neoprene are the most common polymers used to produce medical gloves. Latex surgical gloves allow for increased sensitivity to touch but many people are allergic to latex. AQL LEVEL Medical glove standards rate the strength, flexibility and ability to withstand pinholes. Each approved glove must be water-resistant and meet standard minimum requirements for strength and barrier protection. The Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) tests are used to determine the quality of the product. The lower the AQL rating, the higher the quality. The three tests used to determine the quality of a glove are the water leak test, the air inflation test and the chemical permeation test. ELONGATION The strength is determined by its ability to stretch as well as its ability to resist tears, punctures and breakage. Elongation is done by stretching the glove until it breaks. The higher the elongation time, the better the quality and the higher the elasticity. Medical gloves should always fit well, have consistent sizing and be waterproof.
  5. 5. PHYSICAL APPEARANCE Medical personal should be trained to know which type of glove is necessary for each task. They should always be checked for rips and tears after being put on and before beginning any medical exam or procedure. Gloves need to be well-fitting and all healthcare personal should be properly trained on the procedures for donning and doffing gloves. COMFORT OF GLOVES The comfort of the gloves should also be considered. Latex gloves are generally considered the most comfortable for those who do not have a latex allergy. Nitrile rubber gloves are soft, flexible and non-irritating but they are also more expensive. Vinyl gloves are considered quite comfortable but they do not provide the same barrier protection as latex and nitrite rubber gloves. HIGH RISK SITUATIONS For high-risk situations where pathogens are present, latex or nitrile rubber gloves should be used because they offer the greatest barrier protection. High-risk situations include medical tasks that involve the use of instruments, like needles, and contact with bodily fluids, like blood, urine, vomit and feces. These two types of gloves also have the highest stretch ability and should be used for tasks of long duration. Vinyl gloves can be used for quick tasks and for jobs that involve little or no contact with bodily fluids. Vinyl gloves should also be used for food handling. When choosing the right gloves for your medical facility, consider how well they rate against medical glove standards. You should also find the highest quality gloves that fit into your budget. Remember that not all tasks require high-quality medical gloves.
  6. 6. Concern for medical glove companies GROWING NUMBER OF INFECTIONS There are several reasons for the increasing global market surrounding medical glove companies. One is the growing number of infections related to an increasing number of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The proper use of disposable medical gloves and proper hand washing techniques rapidly diminish the number of healthcare acquired infections. There is also an increase in the concern over occupational safety standards. Globally, there is also a rise in the emphasis on meeting health care needs. SYNTHETIC ALTERNATIVES Although the United States is the largest regional market for disposable medical gloves, the Asian market is the fastest growing. As the demand for synthetic and powder-free gloves continues to increase, medical glove companies are creating more diverse products to meet the ever-growing needs of the medical community. Technological breakthroughs and innovative synthetic alternatives will ensure the economic growth of the medical glove market. Due to latex allergies, manufacturers are continuing to look for high-quality variations that meet the need for latex gloves without using latex. The demand for non-powdered gloves continues to increase because any type of powder can interfere with healing when it comes into contact with tissue. PATHOGEN INFECTIONS The demand for disposable medical gloves continues to grow even during difficult economic periods because they are necessary for surgeons, doctors and other medical professionals. The sustained market growth is expected to continue as stricter regulations are
  7. 7. put into place over concerns for healthcare workers. Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), vancomycin-intermediate/resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA) and drug-resistant Klebsiella are often transferred from patient to patient or from patient to staff members in hospital settings. New concerns over these healthcare acquired pathogenic infections are ensuring that medical workers are being properly trained in the use of disposable medical gloves. Nurses, CNA's and other hands-on healthcare professionals can easily use dozens of gloves each day. PUNCTUAL RESISTANCE Medical glove companies must be concerned with creating a highquality product. Most countries have regulations governing the quality of gloves produced for medical use. First of all, they must be strong enough to withstand puncture from needles and other sharp medical instruments. When used for surgical or medical practices that require the greatest strength, gloves can protect against the transmission of blood-borne diseases and the transfer of pathogens. FLEXIBILITY OF GLOVES Medical gloves must also be flexible, durable, fit well and create a barrier. Gloves that can stretch without breaking are more desirable than less flexible gloves. Not all gloves are created equal and more durable gloves should be used when healthcare professionals are doing tasks that take a lot of time and tasks that require extended contact with bodily fluids. Because they are worn so often, medical gloves should also be comfortable and well-fitting. Loose gloves do not form a barrier and gloves that are too tight are more likely to break during use. Barrier protection tests ensure that gloves are waterproof, airtight and not permeable to liquid or gaseous chemicals. Acceptable quality level (AQL) standards are used to assign a quality number based on random inspection and are used to regulate the barrier confidence levels.
  8. 8. Key Drivers Enhancing the Growth of Rubber Production in 2013 Rubber gloves have been in use for ages now and as the world steps into the advancements of technology, the importance of rubber gloves has been felt by many industries. This has caused the rubber glove industries to reap profits from the endless demands of the industries. The primary rubber glove producing countries are Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The introduction of nitrile rubber gloves in addition to the current natural rubber gloves has increased the competition in these glove making industries as well. The primary drivers for the growth of the rubber glove industries are: ESCALATING HYGIENCE AWARENESS AND HEALTHCARE REGULATIONS The safety of employees falls largely on the industries’ stakeholders after the introduction of stringent policies for their health and safety. This has augmented the demands of rubber gloves in the healthcare industries. Numerous countries were unaware of the importance of hygiene in the healthcare firms. The ability to spread hygiene awareness to these countries has helped them actively use rubber gloves for the safety of the employees and the patients. Creating a substantial barrier between the wearer and the infected, medical gloves have been instrumental in maximizing the hygiene regulations of a company. RISING AGEING POPULATION The availability of medicines to cure major ailments has given us the chance to survive longer. Hence, a huge part of the world’s population constitutes the elderly. With age their requirements to visit medical institutions increases as well. Age also makes them prone to more diseases as their immunity system decreases.
  9. 9. Healthcare firms who do not use appropriate safety measures may make their patients vulnerable to other diseases. The healthcare firms have thus increased the demand of rubber gloves to meet the rising ageing population. HEALTH THREATS When diseases like H1N1 and SARS struck the world, poor hygiene was a major reason for the increase of the disease in an area. With the usage of rubber gloves, medical institutions were able to minimize the threats and to a certain extent, control them. The outburst of such pandemics also made countries aware of the importance of rubber gloves expanding the markets go rubber glove industries to cover new countries who had so far neglected the use of rubber gloves. INCREASING GLOBAL HEALTHCARE EXPENDITURE Globally, a rise of the rubber glove demands was created as governments chose to invest more in the healthcare requirements of the country. Emerging countries are investing in the development of new hospitals and medical institutions. Also, various reformations in the current laws regulating healthcare showed a plausible increase in the production of the rubber gloves. The historical data of global healthcare expenditure has seen an upward trend. We can conclusively say that the importance of rubber gloves in the healthcare industry has made the rubber glove industries earn outstanding profits. At the same time, an absence of rubber gloves from the healthcare industry may create havoc which is why till the time appropriate alternatives are not introduced, it is safe to say that rubber glove industries will reap the profits.
  10. 10. Glove Industry Trend in 2013 SHIFTING DEMAND FROM NR TO NITRILE RUBBER GLOVES Nitrile Butadiene Rubber commonly called Nitrile Rubber is unequalled in the market of expendable lab-cleaning and examination gloves. The resiliency of nitrile rubber gloves to oilbased products and many other chemicals creates a stronger barrier for the wearer with fewer chances of an accident. The ability of these gloves to withstand chafing and punctures makes lab workers choose it over natural rubber gloves. A nitrile glove is considered 3 times superior than the NR gloves when it comes to puncture resistance. Since its introduction to the commercial market in 1969 the nitrile rubber gloves have made their presence felt in the market proving that they are better in many ways when compared to natural rubber gloves. STRONGER USD Nitrile Rubber Gloves have noticed a favorable trend in the foreign exchange market with the US Dollar rising to stronger values. If it lingers in the market for a noticeable period of time then nitrile rubber gloves industries will find a rise in their profits. For companies producing rubber gloves, the plummeting prices of latex was a welcoming situation. Should the market continue to see a hike in the value of dollar, the earning of glove companies will surely see an increase? The demands of rubber gloves have increased with the development of new industries and a rise in the hospitals and medical institutes in the world. COMBINED EXPANSION PLANS OF RUBBER GLOVE COMPANIES To brave through the ever increasing requirements of the rubber glove industry, companies have considered mergers and
  11. 11. amalgamations. The combined expansion plans of rubber glove companies give them the chance to share their techniques and remain resilient from the fluctuating market trends. An exchange of the research and development conducted by the companies increases their knowhow of the rubber glove market and accentuates their presence creating a stronger hold in the market. The combined expansion of the companies may benefit the companies involved but it generally does not create a tense market condition for other rubber glove industry because the market did not see a new entrant. NEW GROWTH MARKETS The horizons for the rubber glove market has increased as it makes was for more and more industries jumping into the market in developed countries. These industries may require gloves which are readily supplied by the rubber glove producers. Developing countries are bound to increase the demand for rubber gloves as a result of medical organisations and food industries targeting these countries. An increase in the awareness of safety precautions while handling medical equipment have kept the demand soaring. INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION The increasing targets have made the top rubber glove industries consider taking over the weaker ones to increase their shares in the market. With the stronger rubber glove producers winning over most of the market, the rubber glove industry will be consolidated in the future. Analysts have debated over the fact that a consolidation of the industry may not necessarily be to increase the production of the gloves because this can be done by simply opening more production units under their name.