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Latex Glove Pricing: What can we expect in 2011?

We’ve all watched the price of latex climb and climb … and climb since 2008. But, it’s a whole new year, so what can we expect in 2011? And why?

To answer those questions, we looked to a great resource out there, The Global Society for Contamination Control. In the site’s Industry Trends section, they have an article that outlines what’s happening out there when it comes to latex raw material pricing.

With a continuously unsteady latex market causing prices to increase, Valutek clients should be aware of the outcome – increased cost of latex gloves – and their options in glove purchasing, such as nitrile and PVC.

First, a little on nitrile gloves:

Compared to Latex, nitrile is lower in particles, ionic extractable and non-volatile residues (NVR). Nitrile also has “memory” properties that adapt it to the hand for a more custom fit, reducing fatigue. It is three times more puncture resistant than latex, and also provides protection against cutting and scraping. Static-dissipative properties make nitrile ideal for all electronic industries.

Now, on PVC gloves:

Known for its inherent cleanliness (low in both particles and ionic extractables), protection against solvents, ESD properties, and low cost. These attributes make vinyl gloves ideal for use in medical device manufacturing, microelectonics and other similar controlled environments. A PVC glove fist looser on an operator’s hand than latex or nitrile, which cane reduce dexterity.

The company firmly believes that an informed customer will be able to make the best purchasing decisions for his or her critical environment. If you have any questions about latex gloves and alternative glove options such as nitrile or vinyl, don’t hesitate to contact Valutek.

To read about all your glove options, be sure to check out our Gloves Product Page.


One Response

  1. Thanks for the post. It’s really helpfull for the customers.


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