The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) recently issued a forecast that the output of rubber gloves in Malaysia this year will reach 220 billion, exceeding the expected 20 billion, an increase of 10% over the original plan. The previous expectation was that the output of rubber gloves this year will increase by 12% to 15% over last year. However, as the epidemic spreads, the global demand for rubber gloves has increased significantly, and the year-on-year growth rate is expected to reach 20%.
Malaysia is the world's largest producer of rubber gloves. The output in the first quarter of this year was 55 billion pieces, of which 99.6% was exported. Supramaniam, vice president of MARGMA, pointed out that with the development of the epidemic, the global demand for rubber gloves has increased sharply. Currently, about 71,800 people are employed in the industry, of which 28,000 are Malaysians and 43,800 are foreigners. Supramaniam said that for a relatively long period of time, the employment of foreigners will be gradually reduced and domestic employment will be increased. Affected by the epidemic, the government decided to stop hiring foreigners in the second half of this year.