MALAYSIA: Rubber glove export to increase by 14.3 % in 2014

Its president Lim Kwee Shyan said the global demand for rubber gloves is expected to increase 8 % to 178.6 billion pieces in 2014.

"The upcoming 7th International Rubber Glove Conference and Exhibition (IRGCE) will churn out more new buyers and regular customers. As far as MARGMA is concern, the key thing is to maintain our export revenue," he told a media briefing on the 7th IRGCE in Petaling Jaya on 16 July 2014.

Beside healthcare industry, he said demands are also coming from nursing homes, electric, food and automotive sectors.

"There is wide usage for gloves. We now are exporting to 196 countries. Traditionally, America was one of the largest buyers. Big area of growth is coming from Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America," he said.

Lim said Malaysia is expected to continue its dominance on the global glove market with a 63 % global market share and exporting 112.5 billion pieces of rubber gloves worldwide in 2014.

He said the bi-yearly event to be held on 2-4 Sept. at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is expected to attract 4,000 trade visitors from 3,500 visitors in 2012.

The 7th IRGCE themed "Beyond Just Infection Control" would see key international and regulatory bodies from the United States of America, Japan, China and Malaysia to deliver technical papers on standards and specifications, quality assurance and regulations on medical devices and protective gloves, he said.

Lim said it will also serve as a platform for all stakeholders including regulators to exchange ideas such as improvement in processing technologies, product innovation, green technology, packaging, automation and other new advances in technologies related to product manufacturing.

The event is organised by MARGMA and co-host by Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council and nine key sponsors namely Excelkos Sdn Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Latexx Partners Bhd, Smart Glove Corp Sdn Bhd, Supermax Corp Bhd, Top Glove Corp Bhd, WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd and YTY Industry Sdn Bhd.

Source: "The Sun Daily”, Petaling Jaya; 17 July 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)