Global Supply Of Medical Gloves Is In Short Supply

- Oct 17, 2020-

As a major rubber production country, 67% of the world's rubber gloves are produced in Malaysia, including medical gloves that are currently consumed by the global medical front.

The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association warned that key global medical devices such as medical gloves will face a “prolonged shortage” because many glove factories have to lay off workers due to Malaysia’s extensive blockade and isolation measures. Top Glove, the world's largest glove manufacturer, said that the surge in demand from the United States, Europe and other regions far exceeds its production capacity, and the current production schedule is four months behind order requirements.

According to data from the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association, the factories of most of its glove manufacturers members currently receive special exemptions for key industries, allowing 50% of workers to resume work. Some glove manufacturers plan to meet with senior officials from the Malaysian Ministry of Trade this Thursday to seek approval for full resumption of work.

“The current level of demand is obviously very high, and the gloves in hospitals around the world are almost running out.” Dennis Lowe, chairman of the Glove Manufacturers Association, said in a telephone interview last Thursday. “We cannot provide the number of gloves that the world needs. This is not us. Active choice."

Denislow said that there are currently two factors preventing the global supply of medical gloves from recovering: one is that Malaysia is strengthening closure measures to prepare for the second wave of the epidemic, and the other is that the Malaysian government requires glove manufacturers to meet domestic demand first and prioritize export demand. Secondary degree.

Even at full capacity, Malaysian glove manufacturers cannot meet the current global medical front demand. Top Glove said that as many as 2.6 billion new glove orders are added every week, which is twice its maximum production capacity.

Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman of Top Glove, said: “We are running 24 hours a day without interruption, and the production workshop works in two shifts. Even so, there must be a shortage of supply.”