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Malaysia’s natural rubber production up 5.4% in Dec 2018

Malaysia’s natural rubber production increased 5.4% to 54,992 tonnes in December 2018 from 52,174 tonnes in November 2018, according to the Department of Statistics.

However, year-on-year comparison showed the production dropped 18%.

Average price of latex concentrate declined 1% to 377.00 sen per kilogramme, whereas the average price of Standard Malaysian Rubber 20 (SMR 20) rose 1.7% to 518.18 sen per kilogramme as compared with the average prices in November 2018.

Malaysia’s natural rubber exports amounted to 48,183 tonnes, down 9% against 52,943 tonnes in November 2018.

The main destination of exported natural rubber was to China, accounting for 46.5% of total exports in December 2018, followed by Germany (14.8%), Finland and the US (4.6%) respectively and Iran (3.1%).

Domestic consumption of natural rubber in December 2018 was 41,823 tonnes against 42,971 tonnes during November 2018 with a decrease of 2.7%.

The rubber glove industry, as the main consumer, uses 76.2% (31,886 tonnes) of the total domestic consumption of natural rubber.

Stock of natural rubber stood at 173,848 tonnes, 2.3% higher than the 169,939 tonnes recorded at the end of November 2018.


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Rubber glove exports likely to expand to RM19bil

Margma expects global demand to go up 15%

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian rubber glove industry anticipates that exports will rise to RM18.8bil this year, representing a 16% increase from the value recorded last year.

The country currently holds 63% of the global market share and hopes to increase its share to between 65% and 68% in the next two years.

The second biggest producer of rubber gloves is Thailand with 21% global market share, followed by China and Indonesia with 5% and 3% share respectively.

The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) told a press conference yesterday that global demand stood at 268 billion gloves per year, and the industry expected an annual growth in demand of 15%.

Margma president Denis Low said that while the United States is the world’s biggest importer of rubber gloves, Asia – particularly China and India – was seen as the driver of growth moving forward.

The United States has a per capital usage of rubber gloves of 75 pairs, followed by Europe with about 50 pairs per capita.

He said the usage for rubber gloves in China and India was relatively small, at about two and three pairs per capita respectively, but was expected to see a steep increase in demand due to growing affluence.

“In the future, if India and China, with their combined population of 2.5 billion people use even one third of the number of gloves the United States is currently using, imagine the level of demand for the product,” he said.

The association also sees mimimum impact for the industry from the ongoing US-China trade war, as well as from the impending increase of minimum wage in Malaysia.

It also expected the US dollar to remain strong, and benefit Malaysian exporters.

“While a trade war is never a good thing, the demand for rubber gloves is expected to remain strong as they remain an essential item in the healthcare industry,” he said.

The increase in minimum wage, he added, would be “manageable” for the industry as productivity per worker continued to rise as well.

On the challenges facing the industry, Margma vice-president Dr S. Supramaniam said about 90% of the latex requirements for the industry was currently imported, mostly from Thailand, despite Malaysia being a producer of rubber.

He said this was due the majority of smallholders in the country preferring to produce dry rubber instead of latex.

“We are in talks with the government to look at how to encourage smallholders to produce more latex.

“The government is studying several options such as providing them with incentives,” he said.

He said the industry aimed to source 30% and 40% of its requirements for latex from the domestic market in the next three to four years.

Margma is organising the Ninth International Rubber Glove Conference and Exhibition 2018. The three-day event will begin from Sept 4 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event is open to the public and entrance is free.


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Global Rubber Gloves Market to See Demand Shift, Says a 2014 Research Report

The Global Rubber Gloves market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% between 2014 and 2022. The factors such as rising healthcare expenditure, increasing health threats and increasing hygiene awareness and healthcare regulations are driving the market growth. Foreign exchange risks, rising raw material costs and pricing competition are hampering the market growth. The challenges of the market are to strengthen Dollar and reduce crude oil prices, industry consolidation and combined expansion plans of rubber gloves companies.

The U.S. represents the largest market for gloves, though Asian markets are the fastest growing. Consumption of rubber gloves to increase in Asia, particularly in India, Pakistan and China as healthcare awareness becomes crucial, while growth in other regions like United States and Europe would continue to boost exports as well. The industry is currently entering a technology transformation and most of the plants are highly automated and are less labor intensive. However, electricity, gas and water still remain the main challenges for the industry aside from the dip in the average selling price of both natural and synthetic rubber (SR) gloves.

Rubber Gloves market is segmented by type. Depending on the various types, market is segmented into natural rubber and synthetic rubber. Rubber Gloves market, by geography is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Malaysia is the world’s largest supplier of rubber gloves, almost two-third of global market share. The US and Europe are the largest importers. China, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States are considered the largest potential markets in the upcoming years. Significant mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and joint ventures are the industry trends that are playing a major role for the market growth.

The key players in the Rubber Gloves market include Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Top Glove Corporation, CLEANWRAP Co. Ltd, Frank Healthcare Co. Ltd, AYA Union Co. Ltd, Jinjiang Jiaxing Groups Co. Ltd, PKJ Group Houseware and Shanghai Neo-Medical Co. Ltd.

What our report offers:
– Market share assessments for the regional and country level segments
– Market share analysis of the top industry players
– Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
– Market forecasts for a minimum of 8 years of all the mentioned segments, sub segments and the regional markets
– Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
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– Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
– Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
– Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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The “Invasion” of Nitrile Exam Gloves over Natural Rubber Gloves

In recent years, the allergies of some individuals to the latex proteins in natural rubber gloves have caused concern to the medical professions and there is a shift in preference to more expensive powder-free latex gloves and gloves with low protein levels and also to synthetic gloves. Regulatory Bodies are also imposing limits to the level of protein and powder in the gloves.

Some of the advances made by the nitrile glove manufacturer on producing quality gloves that meet the requirements of the consumers, includes the use of specially enzymatic treated natural rubber latex as starting material, adopting newer processing technologies with effective рre- and рoѕt-сuring leaching, the control of acidity in leaching water and the use of ultrasonic device in leaching to manufacture gloves with minimal protein content. Exploratory studies of using treated сorn-ѕtarсh to reduce the absorbent properties of powder in powdered natural rubber gloves also produced encouraging result. Improved processing technologies of on-line chlorination and from ѕingle-ѕurfaсe to both side polymer coating of gloves have enabled more efficient production of powder-free gloves. To meet the need of users who are already sensitized to protein and have been advised to avoid natural rubber latex gloves, some of the manufacturers have commenced producing and exporting quality nitrile and polyurethane gloves.(Latex Gloves,Nitrile Glove,Vinyl Gloves,Surgical Gloves)

The demand and consumption of natural rubber latex material will continue to decline across the entire rubber industry. This is because synthetic latex will be replacing natural rubber latex at a fast rate. The technology of processing synthetic latex has become highly advanced and the price of synthetic latex have been far more stable. The seat glove manufacturers enjoy in the world stage cannot be underestimated – they supply 40% of synthetic rubber gloves respectively of the world needs.(Latex Gloves,Nitrile Glove,Vinyl Gloves,Surgical Gloves)

Much of the appeal, which has led to the growing demand for nitrile gloves in the United States and Europe, stems from concerns of protein allergy from natural rubber. With better research and development, manufacturers are able to produce powder-free synthetic rubber gloves which have cut down the issues of рrotein allergy tremendously. As such, the users’ scope has widened in both developed and potential markets and there’s likelihood of nitrile replacing natural rubber gloves.(Latex Gloves,Nitrile Glove,Vinyl Gloves,Surgical Gloves)

Nitrile gloves are more comfortable as the fitting reduce fatigue, especially surgical gloves. This is important as the user needs a good fit and a protective layer and not something that causes fatigue when performing surgery and other medical procedures. Another plus point is that nitrile gloves have elastic properties that self-seal if there is a pin hole. On the other hand, for natural latex gloves, the pin holes become bigger with movement.(Latex Gloves,Nitrile Glove,Vinyl Gloves,Surgical Gloves)

The surgical glove market has been invaded by a variety of synthetic gloves. The prices of all types of gloves rose over recent years as raw material prices and fuel prices skyrocketed. Despite the economic slowdown in many countries, increasing demand has been driving this industry. High demand helped offset price increases due to production costs, with the most significant change happening in the nitrile glove segment. Users started buying nitrile when production shortage plagued the two popular materials, latex and vinyl. As sales of nitrile started to climb, end-users began to notice that vinyl offered poor barrier protection, and the best hypoallergenic, affordable alternative to latex was nitrile. Nitrile also offers better barrier protection against both chemicals and microbes. Nitrile is now the preferred material in many medical settings.