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Worldwide Isoprene Rubber Latex Market accounts for roughly 25% of the global isoprene market

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As per the latest study by FMI, the global isoprene rubber latex market is expected to total US$732.5 Mn in 2021. Increasing application of isoprene rubber latex across consumer goods, industrial, and medical industries are estimated to fuel the demand in the market.

Isoprene rubber latex is gaining immense popularity as an alternative to natural rubber. It possesses superior properties such as high resilience, good processability, and easy vulcanization, among others. In response to this, the market is estimated to surpass US$ 1.6 Bn by the end of 2031.

Growing use of isoprene rubber latex in the production of medical supplies such as catheters, probe covers, needle shields, and medical adhesives is expected to drive the sales at 8.1% CAGR over the assessment period.

Governments of several countries are undertaking various initiatives to spread awareness regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and use of condoms. For instance, the Indian Government announced distributing nearly 180 million pieces of condoms to decline the risk of STD, under the National AIDS Control Programme in 2019.

As condoms are made using isoprene rubber latex, adoption is expected to surge over the coming years. On account of this, the market is expected to register 10.1% year-on-year (YoY) growth in 2021.

In terms of application, the medical gloves segment is anticipated to outpace the other segments, expanding at 9.2% CAGR in 2021. Rise in demand from doctors, nurses, patients, and other professionals to decline the risk of getting infected during the COVID-19 times have increased the sales of medical gloves.

“Surging demand for isoprene rubbers for manufacturing personal protective equipment, gaskets, seals, and conveyor belts across the industrial sector is expected to boost the market,” says a FMI analyst.

Key Takeaways from Isoprene Rubber Latex Market Study

  • S. isoprene rubber latex market is projected to total US$ 99.4 Mn, exhibiting a YoY growth of 8.8% by the end of 2021.
  • China is expected to account for the largest share in the East Asia market, exhibiting growth at a CAGR of 8.8% through 2031.
  • Germany market is anticipated to account for nearly 14.3% of the share in Europe, expanding at 6% CAGR over the assessment period.
  • Japan and South Korea are forecast to emerge as highly remunerative markets, collectively accounting for more than 6.1% of sales in 2021.
  • Based on end use, the industrial sector is estimated to register the fastest growth in the market, expanding at a 7.5% CAGR between 2020 and 2021.

Key Drivers

  • Increasing government regulations to prevent STD and control unbridled population growth in China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia are driving the sales across the condom segment.
  • Implementation of stringent regulation on increasing patient care across hospitals and clinics is encouraging physicians to use medical gloves, which is in turn, propelling the demand in the medical gloves segment.

Key Restraints

  • High cost of isoprene rubber latex compared to natural rubber is hindering the sales in the market.
  • Availability of alternatives such as butyl rubber, nitrile rubber, silicone rubber, and others is hampering the growth in the market.

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Competitive Landscape

As per FMI, the top tier players in the global isoprene rubber latex market are expected to account for nearly 65.0% of total revenue share in 2021.

Leading companies focusing on adopting inorganic strategies such as acquisitions, mergers, collaborations, and partnerships to expand their production capacity and strengthen their global presence. For instance,

  • In Feb 2019, Ansell Limited announced the acquisition of a leading of specialty impact gloves manufacturer for a total consideration of US$70 Mn. The strategy will assist the company to enhance its industrial hand protection portfolio and increase its market share.
  • In April 2018, Top Glove Corp Bhd, a Malaysian rubber glove manufacturer, announced acquiring one of the world’s largest surgical glove maker, Aspion Sdn Bhd. The acquisition will assist the company to increase its production capacity and strengthen its position as the largest glove manufacturer in the world.

Some of the key players operating in the market profiled by FMI are: Top Glove Corp Bhd, Zeon Corporation, PAO Sibur Holdings, Kraton Corporation, Ansell Limited, JSR Corporation, Supermax Corp. Bhd, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Rubberex Corporation

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