17 Feb

Sudden expansion of needs, shortage of disposable gloves!


Before and after the 2020 state of emergency, the problem of mask shortage became more serious as the infection spread. The news that masks and daily necessities will disappear from the town is circulating, and the event of the hoarding turmoil is also fresh in my memory. . In Order To Meet Such Demand For Masks, Many Companies Started Making Masks By Hand And Started Selling Them. The Shortage Of Masks Has Gradually Eased, And Now You Can Buy Masks As Usual At Drug Stores And Retail Stores.

In the middle of December 2020, disposable gloves are in serious shortage . Behind this is the increase in the required quantity of companies that used it before Corona and the growing needs for applications and industries that they had never used before.

We participated in the “2nd Infectious Disease Control Exhibition” held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 2nd to 4th, 2020. At that time, it was these “disposable gloves” that many people who came to our booth asked. “Today, the company asked me to look for a good-looking disposable glove. ”“ What’s the difference between TPE gloves and PVC gloves? ”“ Is there a nitrile? ” 

What I felt in common from those voices was that, unlike masks, the knowledge about disposable gloves is not well known to the world. Therefore, this time we will thoroughly compare the characteristics of each type of disposable gloves. We will introduce the basic knowledge. Such As The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each. In Addition, As A Manufacturer That Handles Disposable Gloves, We Will Also Introduce What Kind Of Scenes We Use And What Kind Of Industry We Receive Many Inquiries About. We Hope This Will Help You Select The Disposable gloves that suit your company.

Thorough comparison of disposable gloves and features of each type!

There are various types of disposable gloves such as natural rubber gloves, nitrile gloves, PVC gloves, polyethylene gloves, and TPE gloves, and their characteristics and applications are also diverse. Depending on the intended use, some types of gloves may not be suitable. This time, we will introduce the features of each product and the industries that are often used. In addition, we will also describe the features of the product that our staff feels and the content of many inquiries from customers.

Strong ally PVC gloves for fine work

First of all, I would like to introduce PVC gloves. PVC gloves are made of plastic or vinyl material. Many of the fabrics are thin, leaving a feeling of hands, which is suitable for detailed work . Since it is relatively resistant to oils and chemicals, it is widely used in a wide range of industries, especially in the beauty field. The disadvantage is that it is often not compliant with the Food Sanitation Act.

What is the Food Sanitation Law? 
The Food Sanitation Law is a law established to prevent harm caused by eating and drinking. The 2006 revision of the Food Sanitation Law prohibits the use of vinyl chloride gloves for cooking and processing food. This is because there is a concern that a component called phthalate ester may adhere to food, enter the body, and cause harm to the human body. Therefore, when touching food such as cooking and processing food, it is necessary to use gloves that comply with the Food Sanitation Law ..

I wore PVC gloves and did my daily work! Since the material is thin and the sensation of the fingertips remains, it could be used for tasks that require fine movement such as typing. At our company, it is usually used by goods inspectors. In The city, I often see scenes used by cashiers at stores these days. However, compared to polyethylene gloves and TPE gloves, they cannot be put on and taken off quickly. Polyethylene gloves and TPE gloves may be more convenient if you wear gloves, remove them, and throw them away repeatedly.

Among the companies that contacted us, there were also hospitality / cosmetics and beauty-related companies. PVC gloves are widely used in factories and manufacturing industries, but in Corona Sorrow, there is a new usage scene of customer service.

Price Benefits Polyethylene Gloves TPE gloves

The advantage of this type is that it is the cheapest. Compared to other gloves, it does not adhere well to the hand, but it is easy to put on and take off, so it is suitable for applications where the number of times of putting This type has low strength and is not suitable for detailed . On and taking off is large. Many products comply with the Food Sanitation Law, and because they are easy to put on and take off, they are often used for food serving work and supermarkets. work.

After all, it’s easy to put on and take off! If you get used to it, you can put it on and take it off in 1 second. The part between my fingers and gloves is in the way, and I get the impression that It is not suitable for detailed work. At our company, the chef in the cafeteria has a purpose to use when serving food.

Growing needs for alternatives TPE gloves

Rubber gloves include natural rubber gloves (latex gloves) and synthetic rubber gloves. Latex gloves have excellent strength and are so-called rubber gloves that are used when used for a long time. However, there are some disadvantages in using it, such as latex. Allergy and odor peculiar to natural rubber . Nitrile gloves are a versatile type that can be used by people with such allergies, have strong strength, and have a good fit. However, the concern is that the price is higher. In recent years, attention has been rapidly increasing, and it is also a product that continues to be in short supply .

What is embossing with or without powder?

Embossing is the process of “embossing”. Various functions can be added by making the surface uneven and undulating. By making the inside of the glove uneven, it will be easier to put on and take off, avoiding stickiness due to sweat etc. during Use. Processing the outside of gloves has the advantage of making it difficult for food such as rice grains to stick to them.

Disposable gloves that are being used more and more in industries where there was no demand until now due to the corona virus. When purchasing a product, it seems necessary to examine the type of gloves to be introduced by comparing the intended use of the company with the features and functions of disposable gloves.

“Why are disposable gloves running out …? How long will they last …?”

As of December 2020, disposable gloves, mainly nitrile gloves and PVC gloves, are in short supply. It is expected that this shortage will continue for a while. I would like to compare this background with a mask.

Due to the effects of infectious diseases caused by coronavirus, demand for infectious disease control goods such as masks and disinfectants is rapidly increasing. For a while, supply could not keep up with this rapid increase in demand, and shortages occurred, but these have now Resolved Been. I Wear Masks Almost Every Day, And It Seems That The Increase In Production Volume And New Entrants Are One Of The Reasons Why I Can Get Masks Now Even In The Situation Of Heavy Consumption.

However, on the other hand, disposable gloves are still in short supply. Behind this is the fact that it is not possible to take measures against shortages such as masks.

China and Malaysia are the main producers of disposable gloves. Japanese vendors often buy and sell this, but the hoarding battle is currently taking place. I haven’t been able to get the quantity I need in Japan. Even if you try to cover it With a new entry like a mask, disposable gloves require production technology and it is difficult to make a sudden entry. As a result, supply and demand are out of balance and shortages continue. In this situation, the shortage is unlikely to be resolved soon . Polyethylene and TPE gloves are attracting increasing attention as alternatives to the deficient nitrile gloves and PVC gloves.

If you have any questions about TPE gloves, please contact us by email as below.

info@okunygroup.com   or  info@okuny.comWe are looking forward to cooperating with you soon.

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