Malaysian Medical Glove Labor Force Halved, Global Supply Or Short-term Disruption

- Aug 04, 2020-

New coronary pneumonia broke out on a global scale. As of 6:30 on March 25, Beijing time, there were a total of 417,698 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia worldwide, and the number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia outside China has reached 330,000. Medical rubber gloves are the first line of defense to prevent new coronary pneumonia and use it in this special battle. At present, the global demand for medical rubber gloves is soaring. Malaysia, as the world's largest supplier of medical gloves, has halved the labor force for the production of medical gloves in order to control the spread of the epidemic. The global supply of medical rubber gloves may be interrupted in the short term.


It is understood that the Malaysian government ordered the factory to stop all production from March 18, and reopen all necessities processing factories including medical gloves without duty. Malaysian medical glove manufacturers can only provide security for the general labor force, so the output of medical gloves has plummeted.


The chairman of the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association said in a statement issued by the Malaysian media: "The production and administrative suspension of any industry will mean the absolute suspension of the glove manufacturing industry, which will be catastrophic for the world. ." He said that their members have received millions of requests for gloves from about 190 countries.


The global demand for gloves is currently on the rise. The import volume of US medical gloves last month has fallen by 10% compared to the same period last year. It is expected that the decline will be even greater in the coming weeks. In addition to Malaysia, other glove-producing countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Turkey may also cause production interruptions due to the continued spread of the virus; later, the supply of medical rubber gloves may experience short-term interruptions.