Shortage of gloves becomes inevitable as Europe, US demand spikes

Latex plastic gloves littering among other waste the street in Paris on 29 March 2020

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corporation Bhd, which makes one in every five plastic gloves globally, expects a product shortage as demand from Europe and the United States spikes because of the widening coronavirus outbreak is exceeding its capacity, Reuters reports.

The company has extended shipping times to cope with the demand surge, Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai told Reuters by phone on Friday.

Lim said orders received in the past few weeks, mainly from Europe and the United States, were almost double the company’s production capacity. Top Glove can produce 200 million natural and synthetic rubber gloves a day.