increaseHere 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.