• List of Medical Gloves Manufacturers in Thailand: Our Top 5 Picks

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    Medical Gloves Manufacturers Thailand

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    About to import medical gloves from Thailand but can’t find the right supplier? In this guide, we list several Thailand-based manufacturers producing latex gloves, nitrile gloves, powdered gloves, powder-free gloves, and other related products. We also provide supplier information, including history, main products, ISO certificates, and location.

    Listed Companies

    • Mercator Medical
    • Happy Hands Gloves Co., Ltd
    • Hycare International Co., Ltd.
    • Phoenix Rubber Products Company Limited (PRP)
    • Top Glove Medical (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

    Buyer’s Guide

    • Nitrile Surgical Gloves
    • Latex Surgical Gloves
    • Vinyl Medical Gloves
    • Medical Exam Gloves
    • Chemo Medical Gloves
    • Reusable Medical Gloves

    Disclaimer

    We have selected the suppliers in this list based on their product scope and claimed certification. We don’t endorse any of the suppliers in this list, nor are we affiliated with them. We provide this supplier list as a free resource.

    Warning

    Scams: Beware of scams involving medical products. The risk of payment fraud and delivery of non-compliant and/or inferior products is high at this time.

    Export Bans: Thailand and many other countries enforce export bans on certain medical supplies. Export bans enforced after you have placed an order can result in a total loss – or severe delay.

    Before you order

    Here are our recommendations for importers planning to order medical products.

    Prices

    It’s currently a seller’s market for many medical products, with more demand than supply. Expect higher unit prices for more products.

    MOQ

    The Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ) requirements are also higher than normal. Some suppliers don’t accept orders valued less than USD 100,000.

    Payment Terms

    Some suppliers may insist on a 100% pre-payment, before starting production. We still advise that you only pay a 30% deposit and 70% balance after quality inspection and lab testing.

    Product Compliance

    Medical devices and equipment are regulated in the United States and the European Union. Such regulations are there for a reason – to ensure that the product is not worthless (which is a risk) – and will not go away due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. You must request and verify test reports and other compliance documents (e.g. DoC) before placing an order.

    Mercator Medical

    Mercator Medical is a Polish-Thai joint venture with the manufacturing center in Songkhla, Thailand. The company was established in 2006 and focuses on manufacturing and trading medical gloves in Thailand and oversea markets.

    The factory of Mercator Medical is located in the prime rubber-producing area of the Ratthapum district in Thailand, which facilitates access to raw materials. Mercator produces an extensive range of medical and non-medical natural latex and nitrile gloves, such as latex examination gloves, pre-powdered latex gloves, powder-free latex gloves, and powder-free nitrile gloves.

    Mercator possesses test reports for ASTM D3578 Standard Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves, EN 455 Medical Gloves for Single Use.

    Mercator is ISO 9001, ISO 13485 certified and FDA 510 (k) registered for importation into the United States.

    Main Products

    • Latex examination gloves
    • Pre-powdered latex gloves
    • Powder-free latex gloves
    • Powder-free nitrile gloves
    • Powder-free long cuff nitrile gloves

    Certificates

    • EN ISO 374
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 13485
    • SA 8000

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2006
    • Location: Songkhla, Thailand

    Location: 88/8 Moo 12, Tambon Kampaengphet, Amphur Rattaphum, Songkhla, Thailand

    Happy Hands Gloves Co., Ltd

    Happy Hands Gloves was initiated in 2001 in Phun Phin and specialize in producing latex examination gloves for medical, household, industrial and general hygienic purposes. Currently, Happy Hand has two factories and an estimated total production capacity of over 50 million pieces per month.

    Happy Hands has two product lines, powdered latex gloves, and powdered-free latex gloves. These products are applicable to be used in various venues and for multi-purposes, including hospitals, nursing homes, vet clinics, food processing industries, electronic industries, laboratory, painting, patient examinations, cleaning, and painting.

    In 2015, Happy Hand launched low protein powder-free latex examination gloves with extra leaching and polymer-dipping, which are commonly used among hospitals.

    Currently, Happy Hands exports to Europe, the Middle East, India, and Australia.

    Main Products

    • Powdered latex gloves
    • Powdered-free latex gloves

    Certificates

    • ISO 9001

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2001
    • Location: Phun Phin, Thailand

    Location: 43/2, Moo 1, T. Bangduen, Phun Phin, Thailand

    Hycare International

    Founded in 1992, Hycare International is a glove manufacturer of an extensive range of gloves for medical, household and industrial uses.

    Hycare offers powder and powdered disposable examination gloves made of latex and nitrile. Currently, the company employs more than 1,500 staff and is capable of producing over 1.5 billion pieces of gloves per year.

    Hycare offers some value-added services such as glove business consulting, freight consulting services and packaging design consulting services.

    Main Products

    • Powder-free polymer-coated latex gloves
    • Powder-free chlorinated latex gloves
    • Powder/powder-free vinyl disposable gloves
    • Disposable nitrile gloves

    Certificates

    • GMP
    • ISO 9002

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 1992
    • Location: Bangkok, Thailand

    Location: 88/9 Park Pavilion Building, Phaholyothin 7 Road, Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand

    Phoenix Rubber Products Company Limited (PRP)

    Phoenix Rubber Products Company Limited (PRP) was established in 2006 as a medical latex gloves manufacturer in Bangkok.

    Phoenix produces 7 models of latex and nitrile gloves under the brand PROSAFE. These products are non-sterile medical gloves, general-purpose latex gloves, food handling latex gloves, extra-long latex gloves, extra-thick latex gloves, electronics handling gloves and nitrile gloves.

    Currently, there are more than 200 skilled workers working in these 7 product lines with a production capacity of over 350 million pieces annually.

    Main Products

    • Latex gloves
    • Nitrile gloves

    Certificates

    • FDA 510K
    • ASTM D3578
    • EN 455
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 13485

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2006
    • Location: Bangkok, Thailand

    Location: 303, 1/7 Bangna Thani Building Soi Bangna-trad 34, Bangna Tai, Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand

    Top Glove

    Top Glove is a trans-national corporation that specializes in its business in latex products, such as gloves, dental dams, and tourniquets. Top Glove was founded in 1991 in Malaysia, with 12 affiliates and 44 factories in 7 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, and China. For Thailand, there are 4 manufacturing centers with a production capacity of over a million pairs annually.

    Top Glove’s products are suitable to be used for different purposes, such as medical, household, food handling and industrial. The company mainly produces surgical gloves, chloroprene examination gloves, latex gloves, nitrile gloves, CPE/TPE gloves, vinyl gloves, and non-medical gloves.

    Main Products

    • Surgical gloves
    • PPE (personal protective equipment gloves

    Certificates

    • ISO 9001

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 1991
    • Location: Songkhla, Thailand

    Location: 188, Moo 5, Kanchanawanich Road, Tamboi Samnakhan, Amphur Sadao, Songkhla, Thailand

    Medical Gloves Buyer’s Guide

    There are two main types of medical gloves; examination gloves and surgical gloves. They can be made from various materials including latex, vinyl, and nitrile. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of gloves. Consumers should choose the appropriate product depending on their personal needs.

    Surgical gloves are primarily used during the operation procedure, protecting the surgeons or the patients from the possible transmission of diseases. The standards for surgical gloves are therefore stricter compared to examination gloves in terms of material selection and manufacturing processes.

    Nitrile Surgical Gloves

    Nitrile gloves are made out of synthetic rubber as a substitute for the more traditional latex gloves. Nitrile surgical gloves are gaining its popularity in recent years for its numerous advantages, such as causing less of an allergic reaction to hands, more resistant to puncture and corrosivity, compared to latex gloves.

    Nitrile gloves are commonly used for medical, clinical and chemical purposes for its tenacity, flexibility and excellent antifouling performance. We list some pros and cons of nitrile gloves below.

    Pros

    • Lower allergy rate compared to latex gloves
    • Latex-free
    • BPA-free
    • Phthalate-free
    • Chemical resistant
    • Puncture resistant
    • Waterproof
    • Oil-proof
    • Flexible

    Cons

    • Thicker than latex gloves
    • More expensive

    Latex Surgical Gloves

    Latex gloves are made of natural rubber and are often used as protective devices in hospitals and factories Latex gloves are flexible and skin fitting and are preferred for sensitive applications like surgery.

    Though the rubber and powdered lubricant used for latex gloves could cause skin irritation issues to a lot of users, latex gloves are still extensively used. The following are some pros and cons of latex gloves:

    Pros

    • Form-fitting and tactile
    • Durable
    • Flexible
    • Skidproof

    Cons

    • Could cause allergies to skin
    • Nonresistant to chemicals
    • Nonpuncture resistant

    Vinyl Medical Gloves

    Vinyl gloves are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Vinyl gloves are generally disposable and are not as durable as latex and nitrile gloves. The main advantage of vinyl gloves is that they are latex-free and hence will not cause irritation to the user’s skin.

    In addition, vinyl gloves are cheap to manufacture, soft and non-form fitting but comfortable to wear. However, vinyl gloves are thin and non-resistant to chemicals, punctures, and corrosives and thus not favored by surgeons or medical professionals for surgical purposes.

    However, vinyl gloves can be used for medical purposes in low-risk contamination environments. Vinyl gloves are also widely used in food processing industries, restaurants, DIY workshops and serve as the function as a simple barrier to contamination. We have listed some advantage and disadvantages of vinyl gloves below in the following:

    Pros

    • Do not cause an allergic reaction to skin
    • Waterproof
    • Oilproof
    • Cost-effective
    • Soft texture
    • Thin-structured
    • Suitable to handle food
    • Suitable for everyday use

    Cons

    • Non-resistant to chemical, puncture, corrosive matters
    • Weak performance in blocking off viruses and bacteria
    • More delicate and easier to break compared to latex and nitrile gloves

    Medical Exam Gloves

    Examination gloves are extensively used among healthcare professionals to prevent contamination and pollution during the examination processes.

    They can also be used in many other venues to protect users from unsanitary environments, such as blood drawing for blood tests or cleaning.

    Examination gloves’ quality standards are generally not as high as surgical gloves and are more flexible in terms of materials, sizes, and thickness. Examination gloves can be either sterilized or unsterilized while surgical gloves are generally sterilized.

    Chemo Medical Gloves

    Chemo medical gloves are designed specifically to handle chemotherapy drugs and protect users from corrosive chemical exposures. Chemo gloves can be made of nitrile or polychloroprene.

    It is generally recommended changing gloves every hour when working with cytotoxic drugs or changing gloves immediately when damaged or contaminated.

    Reusable Medical Gloves

    Generally speaking, medical gloves are disposable for the purpose of keeping sanitation and preventing cross-infection. However, medical gloves might be reusable if they are specially made of it. In the US, the FDA forbids the reusing of medical gloves.

    Regulations

    European Union

    In the European Union, medical gloves are regulated by the Medical Devices Directive. In particular, the Standard EN 455, which is harmonized under the Directive, sets the main testing standards for the product.

    The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive is also relevant for some kind of medical gloves, such as surgical gloves. In this case, the main Standard of reference is EN 374.

    United States

    In the United States, medical gloves are regulated by the FDA and classified as class 1. While surgical gloves fall under the scope of 21 CFR 878.4460, many other kinds of medical gloves fall under the scope of 21 CFR 880.6250.

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