U.S. glove industry sales increased 16.5% in 2011
Here is information from the International Glove Association’s 2011 Market Survey:
The U.S. total market demand (IGA’s estimated value less consumer) for leather increased 30.3% to $178,433,308. Thinwall products increased 13.1% to $3,775,106,903. Textiles were up 35.2% to $682,915,113.
Overall, the U.S. glove industry saw sales increase 16.5% last year.
Domestic sales increased 6.0% to $127,200,000 and exports increased 9.5% to $138,421,588.
Sales to distribution increased 16.4% to $4,625,233,736. Sales by distribution to end-users also increased 16.4% to $6,166,978,315.
U.S. leather import units far outpaced export units. Import units totaled 14,683,992. Export units totaled 429,560.
Import values totaled $323,757,141 versus export values of $11,908,258. Net import values increased 20.8% to $311,848,893.
In the U.S. Thinwall market, the cost per dozen of medical nitrile imported gloves continued to rise, reaching almost $1.40. In 2002 the cost per dozen was about $0.60.
Most medical nitrile glove imports come from Malaysia, Thailand, China and Indonesia.
Medical latex imported glove cost per dozen reach almost $1.30 in 2011, up from $0.70 in 2002.
The majority of surgical latex glove imports come from Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.
Industrial plastic imported gloves cost per dozen reach $0.33 in 2011, up from $0.25 in 2002.
The U.S. market textile product mix for gloves is lead by palm dip gloves, followed by blend strings, non-cotton knitted, and cotton strings. Canvas gloves account for a small part of the market.
Cotton string imported glove cost per dozen ballooned from about $1.60 in 2010 to $2.20 in 2011. Most cotton string gloves come from China, followed by Mexico and Indonesia.
Palm coated imported glove cost per dozen increased to $12.00, up from about $8.00 in 2002. Palm dip glove imports come from China, Sri Lanka, Korea, Mexico, and Pakistan.