Rubber glove industry urged to tap into African market


THE Malaysian rubber glove industry has been urged to strengthen its efforts to further tap into Africa’s vast market potential.

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the awareness in the importance of and demand for rubber gloves has been increasing as it was used as the first line of defence by medical personnel against various contagious diseases as shown in the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa.

In 2018, Malaysia exported US$100 million (RM410 million) worth of rubber gloves to 49 out of 55 countries in the African continent, she said in her speech during the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) networking dinner with the African Heads of Mission in Malaysia on Tuesday night.

“Exports to this continent have been growing and demand for gloves has been increasing…Malaysia is a friend to the African nations with strong diplomatic ties, hence industry players should continue the marketing efforts to enhance the positive relationship so that both parties can reap the benefits,” said Kok.

Meanwhile, MARGMA president Denis Low told Bernama that rubber glove exports to the continent is expected to increase by 50% to about US$150 million this year.

Low said the global demand for rubber gloves this year is expected to increase by 12% to 300 billion gloves with a projected export revenue of US$4.95 billion. Malaysia is expected to have the largest market share of about 63% ahead of Thailand (18%) China (10%) and Indonesia (3%).