Industrial gloves are utilized to ensure employee safety and sanitary conditions in the workplace. Industrial gloves are a necessary item, especially in the food, chemical and healthcare industry. Industrial gloves provide protection against cold, heat, damage by friction, abrasion, chemicals and diseases. Industrial gloves can be manufactured from natural materials or synthetic materials. The gloves are selected according to the occupation environment, the duration of the job, and the type of conditions or contaminants associated with the job.
There are different types of industrial gloves and each glove has unique applications. Disposable gloves are used by people who work in industrial kitchens to meet health and hygiene standards. Chemical and liquid proof gloves are applicable for protection against abrasive substances, such as acids and aqueous solutions. These gloves are manufactured using nitrile butadiene rubber, or NBR, a durable material, capable of withstanding exposure to acids, greases and oils. Chemical and liquid safe gloves can be treated with additional materials such as neoprene for additional insulations and safety purposes. Water proof gloves are manufactured using polyvinyl chloride or PVC which is also known as vinyl chloride plastic. Water-proof gloves are suitable for handling detergents and variety of aqueous solutions. In addition, polyvinyl chloride coated gloves are germ resistant and can be used for handling oil soaked components and pesticide applications. Butyl and neoprene are used for the fabrications of chemical safe gloves which are resistant to petroleum and oil. Chemical safe gloves are suitable for protection against alkalis, alcohol and wide range of hydraulic fluids and oil types. Latex gloves are used for light duty operations and laboratory applications. They are not as heavy and bulky as other industrial gloves and are suitable for intricate operations. Latex gloves are multipurpose gloves and are used for laboratory operations where solutions such as ketenes, acids and salts are involved. Latex gloves can be treated with polyurethane coating for clean room use. Latex gloves can also be fabricated using polyehtylene for similar operations and are available as disposable, thin gloves. Cut resistant and heavy duty safety gloves are constructed from high grade steel, are resistant to tears and puncture from sharp objects such as knives and glass and are designed for a precise fit. Thermal proof gloves protect against extreme temperatures and are often fabricated from neoprene. These gloves are used by the fire departments and petrochemical industry for safety against frost and burn injuries. Thermal gloves can withstand high temperatures and are more durable and flexible than other industrial gloves.
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Industrial glove market is being driven by rising consumption of industrial gloves in the healthcare, chemical and food industry. In addition, healthcare awareness, healthcare reforms and stringent government regulations are expected to drive the consumption of industrial gloves. However, raw material prices and currency fluctuations may hamper the growth of this market in the coming years.
China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and the U.S. are the largest markets for industrial gloves while strong growth is expected to occur in Georgia, Turkey, Senegal, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The emerging economies represent the greatest potential for the industrial gloves market.
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Some of the key players in this market are Top Glove, Supermax, Kossan, Latexx, Adventa, Smart Glove, Riverstone Resources, WRP World, Bacou-Dalloz, Inc, Liberty Glove and Safety, Inc, BSF Coated Products, Protective Industrial Products (PIP), and Hartalega among others.