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Companies Offering Nitrile Medical Gloves

ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering nitrile medical gloves

Traditional Vendors

Top Glove Corporation Bhd 

Malaysia-based manufacturer Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove) is the largest producer of medical gloves by volume in the world. They act as a manufacturer for many distributors within the United States. Their production levels are low due to a government mandate in Malaysia which has closed many of their factories and reduced their workforce. Top Glove can also be viewed as a proxy for the overall glove industry in Malaysia which is one of the largest exporters to the United States. Their production capacity is approximately one billion gloves per week, but their incoming orders are double this. As a result, production delays overseas will contribute heavily to shortages in the United States.

Ansell Limited 

Australia-based manufacturer Ansell Limited has a range of nitrile medical gloves that can provide buyers with adequate protection from COVID-19. However, many of their manufacturing operations are located overseas in China and Malaysia which has led to significant delays. In some good news for the company, a shipment of 41 million gloves was recently completed in New Jersey after experiencing delays due to concerns over the manufacturing process.

Cardinal Health Inc.

Due to surging demand, OH-based company Cardinal Health Inc. is prioritizing government buyers and medical professionals. However, many of their products are sourced from China, which has led to significant delays in their manufacturing processes. They currently estimate a delay on orders until May 2020. While they are trying to find other channels from which to source nitrile gloves, the current high levels of risk in the global supply chain harm their prospects.

Henry Schein Inc.

NY-based company Henry Schein Inc. provides a variety of different personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves and gowns. Fortunately, they are well-prepared for the issues posed by a surge in demand for medical gloves because they are a co-founder of the Pandemic Supply Chain Network. According to the company, they are less likely to experience significant pressure on the supply chain for medical gloves when compared to other products such as face masks. They are currently prioritizing purchases from healthcare professionals and government agencies.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

TX-based manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Kimberly-Clark) is a major provider of medical gloves, facial tissues, hand sanitizer and other personal protective equipment. They have been adjusting their manufacturing processes to meet demand for the highest need products in the market. Normally, buyers are pushed to purchase products through distributors, but buyers are able to work directly with the manufacturer given the current level of need due to COVID-19.

McKesson Corporation

TX-based company McKesson Corporation (McKesson) issued a warning to customers on March 20, 2020 that they are unlikely to have the capacity to fill all orders for medical gloves. Most of their manufacturing operations for personal protective equipment are located in China and are facing slowed production due to the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, the strain on the global supply chain will likely contribute to lengthy delays in production.

Medline Industries Inc.

IL-based company Medline Industries Inc. is currently facing the supply constraints which are plaguing the current nitrile medical gloves market. However, they are diversifying their sourcing strategies in order to be better positioned to meet the demand of the market. Additionally, they are focused on providing personal protective equipment to priority vendors that are working to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Owens & Minor Inc. 

VA-based Owens & Minor Inc. provides medical gloves through their MediChoice brand. However, they are currently suspending orders for non-priority customers in an effort to maintain inventory levels for buyers with the highest level of need. Fortunately for buyers, the company has been highly resistant to raising prices on any of their medical equipment in order to capitalize on the current level of demand.

Superior Glove Works Ltd.

According to Canada-based manufacturer Superior Glove Works Ltd. (Superior Glove), they have been adjusting their internal processes to focus more resources on manufacturing in order to meet market demand. They predominantly focus on anti-cut gloves but do offer eight different types of disposable nitrile gloves as well as nitrile gloves designed for cleanroom use. They are working with government buyers in a variety of industries to provide nitrile medical gloves to areas most impacted by COVID-19.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

MA-based company Thermo Fisher Scientific acts as both a distributor and manufacturer of nitrile medical gloves. They are currently prioritizing purchases from clients involved in combatting the spread of COVID19. They are also looking to source materials and gloves from a wide net of suppliers in an effort to keep their inventories high. However, because they frequently source products from overseas, they are having increased difficulty in procuring safety products.

W.W. Grainger Inc.

IL-based company W.W. Grainger Inc. currently has a limited inventory of nitrile gloves available for purchase. Many of their products are on backorder until August 2020. However, they are prioritizing orders from government clients so lead times may be shorter. Still, because they operate in the market as a distributor of nitrile medical gloves, they face significant difficulty in sourcing gloves from upstream manufacturers.

Market News

COVID-19 fight at risk as Malaysia’s medical glove makers struggle with lockdown 

Malaysia has recently ordered the majority of its manufacturing plants to close down. Each plant must apply separately to reopen and are faced with significant worker shortages.

41M gloves sitting in warehouses were just freed

A large stockpile of 41 million medical gloves were being held due to concerns over improper working conditions in the manufacturer. These claims turned out to be baseless and the gloves were able to finally be shipped to combat COVID-19.

Hospitals are running out of rubber gloves

Demand for medical gloves is significantly outpacing the current production capacity of the world’s largest providers. These vendors are mostly located overseas in China and Malaysia and are facing requests for billions of gloves per week.

Banks pressure health care firms to raise prices 

Several large banks have pitched personal protective equipment providers such as Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor to raise prices on equipment that is currently in high demand. The healthcare companies have largely pushed back against these proposals due to the high likelihood of backlash they would face. 


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