The Trade In Medical Latex Gloves Is Complicated

- Apr 03, 2019-

In the past two years, the world economy has shown a downward trend of oscillation.Unemployment in advanced economies remains high and growth is patchy.Emerging economies face inflationary pressures and slowing growth.The European sovereign debt crisis has caused new waves at times, caused severe fluctuations in international financial markets, and brought uncertainty to the world economic recovery -- a series of factors that have also affected the global market for medical latex gloves.In recent years, China has lost its leading position in the global market for medical latex gloves. The world's largest production center of medical latex gloves has moved to Malaysia, but China is still a major producer and exporter.In this paper, the global pattern of medical latex gloves industry, the situation of foreign trade in 2014, as well as the impact of new technology products on the inherent product field were analyzed in depth, with detailed data, hoping to help relevant enterprises.

Latex glove industry plays an important role in the industry of latex products.Latex gloves are processed from natural rubber. Latex gloves used by medical and health institutions are mainly divided into latex inspection gloves and latex surgical gloves (China's customs code is respectively "HS401519 vulcanized rubber gloves made of other gloves" and "HS401511 vulcanized rubber gloves made of surgical gloves").Hereinafter referred to as surgical gloves and examination gloves respectively.

In recent years, the global medical latex gloves market situation is complex and changeable.In 2014, many large countries importing medical latex gloves saw a decrease in the import of surgical gloves and inspection gloves.At present, the manufacturing industry of medical latex gloves in China is faced with many challenges, such as raw material procurement, labor cost, market development and demand transformation.

Demand for imported latex gloves is down

In 2014, the import volume of surgical gloves and inspection gloves decreased in Germany, Britain, France and many other large importers of medical latex gloves.The top 10 surgical gloves importing countries and regions in the world imported a total of us $1.709 billion surgical gloves, accounting for 76.08 percent of the total.Among them, only the United States, Turkey and the Netherlands have increased imports, while the rest countries and regions have decreased.Among the three countries and regions with an annual import value of more than us $100 million, the European Union ranks first, with the relevant import value of us $539 million, down 8.23% year-on-year, but still accounting for 23.98% of the global surgical gloves import market.The related import volume of the us was 353 million us dollars, up 11.38% year on year, accounting for 15.71%.Germany-related imports were $337 million, down 6.68 percent or 15 percent year-on-year.

In recent years, surgical gloves trade has been affected by many factors, not only the world economic downturn that lasted for many years, but also the fluctuation of currency market exchange rate.With the improvement of medical level, especially the increase of minimally invasive surgery, surgical methods have changed fundamentally, which also leads to the decrease of the demand for surgical gloves.In addition, the further improvement of the gloves (PVC gloves, etc.) with chemical products as raw materials also has a certain impact on the traditional latex gloves market.However, medical PVC gloves cannot replace latex gloves due to their lack of strength and comfort.

Global imports of inspection gloves totaled $5.68 billion in 2014, up 1.06 percent from a year earlier.The top 10 import markets are the United States, the European Union, Japan, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, France and Russia, respectively.Among them, only the eu, Japan and Russia achieve import growth, while the rest are reduced.

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