The 8th edition of the International Rubber Glove Conference and Expo showcased the might of the global glove industry in its full splendour and magnitude. The event was much stronger , bigger and better than the previous editions and proved that Malaysia is undoubtedly the world’s glove capital.

Themed, “Beyond Just Infection & Contamination Control”, the 8th IRGCE 2016  showcased a wide array of exciting and innovative products, provided updates on regulatory compliance, green technology and waste management, improvements in processing technologies, advances in latices and usage of rubber gloves in medical and non-medical settings.

Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Datu Nasrun bin Haji Datu Mansur  inaugurated the 8th edition of the event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) on 6th September, 2016.

Held for the eighth consecutive time in Kuala Lumpur, the highly anticipated mammoth event saw the participation of 95 exhibitors from 11 countries, 33 of whom were glove makers whilst the rest comprised of companies in glove related supporting industries. Among the countries which the exhibitors originated from include Malaysia, China, United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Going bigger and better

YTY, Top Glove, Supermax, Latexx Partners, Kossan, Hartalega, Smart Glove, Excelkos, Tiong Tat, Synthomer, Aquaspersions, Brightway and Chempro Technology are key sponsors for the 3-day event. The IRGCE is a bi-yearly event that facilitates global discussion of Rubber Glove Industry-related developments and exchange of ideas.

“The exhibition was fully booked a year ahead in 2015. We had more than 10 companies on waiting list and even a week before the event, we still received enquiries for exhibition booths. There are 272 exhibition booths at this year’s 8th IRGCE, a 19% increase in the number of booths compared to 228 booths in 2014,” said MARGMA President, Denis Low Jau Foo. The exhibition welcomed over 1,000 trade visitors and participants on its first day and the figure crossed 3,600 on the final day of the two day event.

“The IRGCE essentially showcases the Rubber Glove Industry ecosystem and presents an opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs, supporting industries, students, the general public and other interested parties to delve and engage industry giants to learn and better appreciate the intricacies and significance of the industry,” said Low.

He said the 8th IRGCE 2016 had received full support and participation from all the public-listed companies and big industry players who came out in full force to showcase their expertise and achievements. “Representatives from the materials and supply services industry have also proven their mettle by showcasing their best and latest innovations and machineries,” he added.

Excellent interactive and networking platform

The Conference served as a platform for stakeholders including regulators to exchange ideas on improvements in processing technologies, product innovation, green technology, packaging, automation and other new advances related to product manufacturing.

A total of 18 local and international speakers presented key industry development and research papers to chart new strategies for the Rubber Glove Industry. Among the topics include “Beyond The Horizon: Longer Term Opportunities of the Rubber Gloves Market and a white paper titled, “The State of the Glove Affair” that touches on trends and economic viability of the industry.

MARGMA bridged the gap amongst industry players, fortifying a greater exchange of ideas when it organised the first International Rubber Glove Conference and Exhibition (“IRGCE”) in 2002. “The Rubber Glove Industry, essentially home grown has charted impressive growth for the past 20 years and continues to thrive under the stewardship of visionary industry captains despite recent challenges.Global demand for rubber gloves is expected to rise by 10% from 192.9 billion gloves in 2015 to 212.2 billion gloves in 2016. Malaysia is expected to supply 63% of this global demand. This effectively translates to a projected revenue of RM14.3bil for Malaysia in 2016,” said Low.

The 8th IRGCE 2016 is co-hosted by the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) and supported by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, MITI, MATRADE, the Malaysian Rubber Board, the Thai Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association and the Indonesian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association.

Margma, the voice of glove industry

MARGMA was established in 1989 as a non-profit industry association that extends a range of services to members comprising Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers and associated suppliers and supporting organisations.

The association provides common platform for discussion and exchange of views aimed at furthering the commercial objectives of its members and promoting a solid trade fraternity amongst them. Since its inception, MARGMA has been the official voice and advocate for the rubber glove industry in Malaysia, having collaborated closely with key Malaysian Government agencies and related ASEAN glove associations to promote and protect the interests of its members and the industry. MARGMA also assists its members in addressing domestic and international issues related to their businesses and the industry.