It’s actually a fairly common issue. Vinyl gloves, often chosen for jan/san applications because they are priced right for frequent glove changes, are great for light-duty use. But sometimes you need a stronger, more durable glove with excellent fit that can be worn for longer periods.
The last year and a half has been frustrating for automotive technicians and the distributors who keep them in disposable gloves.
It has been difficult obtaining the kind of thick, durable gloves that techs need to withstand the rigors of working on vehicles. Manufacturers in Malaysia, hamstrung by lockdowns, movement control orders, and limits on capacity, are months behind on their production schedules.
Unlike latex gloves, nitrile and vinyl gloves are not made from natural rubber. These gloves come from synthetic materials, but the manufacturing process is essentially the same as latex glove production.
Neither nitrile nor vinyl gloves will aggravate sensitivities to latex, and are largely replacing latex gloves in most applications, especially food service and medical use.
Fifteen months into the coronavirus pandemic, disposable glove distributors and their customers keep coming back to the same question: When can we get more nitrile gloves?
The answer for the most part remains the same: We don’t know for certain. What we do know, though, is that we have a healthy inventory of Gloveworks Black Nitrile Industrial Gloves.
In last week’s blog post, we wrote about disposable glove thickness, which can be a source of confusion for end users (and sometimes even distributors). This week we examine how to choose the right glove material for the job.
When the coronavirus went global in early 2020, the disposable glove market was turned upside down. Inventory of nitrile gloves—far and away the most popular—soon dropped as pricing rose substantially. Now, a year later, nitrile inventory is coming back, prices are coming down, and the amount of available gloves is working its way back to pre-pandemic levels.
Nitrile butadiene rubber is in short supply the world over, making nitrile gloves both expensive and difficult to obtain.
Nearly a year since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the world is still reeling from the pandemic’s effects.
Global cases are in the tens of millions, with deaths over a million. In the U.S., the virus is proliferating. Economies continue to sputter. Still, we may not have yet seen the worst of COVID’s impact on society and the disposable glove marketplace in particular.