Glove manufacturers coping with 60pc workforce during MCO 3.0, says MARGMA
02 Jun 2021
The Malaysian Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) as assured that its members are well prepared to cope with the 60 per cent workforce and enough gloves is produced to meet global demand.
MARGMA president Dr Supramaniam Shanmugam said the demand for gloves remains extremely robust for the healthcare sector and MARGA is gearing up to meet the demand of the non-healthcare sectors which are slowly moving towards a recovery program.
“As Europe and America move towards a recovery economic agenda, it means the awakening of the non-healthcare sectors such as food handling, industrial, cleanroom laboratory, dermatology, tattooing and so forth.
“Traditionally, these sector requires about 17 per cent of all gloves produced and this will be a hefty number to contend with.
“We have also urged our members to assist India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other South American nations by providing more medical gloves to them as they are severely in need,” he said in a statement today.
Supramaniam noted that fact that gloves productivity could be hampered a little by this 60 per cent workforce ruling, however, MARGMA has been assured by members that they will cope to ensure no severe shortage of gloves to meet global demand.
He noted that current lead times on delivery will be slightly longer.
“Malaysian manufacturers produce 67 per cent of global supply, hence, we have a responsibility to do our best to manage the situation,” he said.
Meantime, MARGMA wishes to caution the global community, especially newcomers to this trade not to get conned and scammed by promises of quick and cheap shipments.
Prices and demand have remained steady and stabilized and speculators can easily get caught out by sweet promises, MARGMA cautioned.