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PMS 2005 - MATRADEs Official Portal

    PRODUCT MARKET STUDY : TAIWAN MARKET FOR DISPOSABLE

    MEDICAL RUBBER GLOVES

    Date: 30 September 2005

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Overview…………………………………………………......................Page 2 2. Distribution Channels………………………………………………….Page 3 3. Standards and Regulations…………………………………………..Page 4 4. Trade Figures……………………………………………………………Page 5 5. Tariffs……………………………………………………………………Page 5 6. Major Taiwanese companies in the Industry..…………… ….….Page 6 7. Market Trends………………………………………………………….Page 6 8. List of Importers………………………………………......................Page 8 9. Relevant Trade Fairs………………………………………………….Page 8 10. Relevant Associations……………………………………………….Page 11 11. Useful Contacts……………………………………………………… Page 12

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1.0 Overview/Highlights

    Medical devices in Taiwan follows similar definitions of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which defines medical devices according to the intended use which includes scopes of any instruments, device, tools, tubing, external agent or other component items intended for use in human beings or animals for diagnosis, or for curing, and reducing and preventing diseases. The device does not achieve any of its principle intended purpose through chemical action and is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its principle intended purpose.

    The Taiwanese disposable medical rubber gloves industry was valued at USD 27.63 million in 2004 from USD 26.07 million or 5 percent increment from 2003.

    Table 1: Taiwan’s Imports of Disposable

    Medical Rubber Gloves 2000-2004

    Year US$ Million

    2004 15.44

    2003 13.98

    2002 9.47

    2001 8.44

    2000 10.20

    Source: Directorate General of Customs, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C

    A major industry challenge that Malaysian disposable medical rubber glove manufacturers need to address is the latex allergy concerns of certain users of natural rubber gloves, although it is not the main concern currently. Due to latex

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    allergy concerns among some health professionals as well as in certain sectors of the general population, some of them are switching to low protein, powder free latex gloves, as well as synthetic substitutes like vinyl or nitrile. In this regard, Malaysian exporters of examination and surgical gloves are advised to continue giving emphasis to producing low protein and powder free gloves. They should also continue to highlight the effectiveness and superior qualities of natural rubber gloves in barrier protection compared to synthetic gloves.

2.0 Distribution Channels

    Conventional hospital supply products, such as disposable medical examination gloves, are commodity-type products typically sold in large volumes to institutional healthcare providers. This competitive business is characterized by high volume, modest growth, and low margins. Success in this business usually requires obtaining long term supply contracts with hospital chains, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, and other large-scale institutional healthcare providers.

    Hospitals will remain the largest market while the home health sector is growing significantly due to the aging society of Taiwanese.

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3.0 Standards and Regulations

There is currently no import regulations pertaining to the following items:

    HS Code

    4015.11.00.00-2 Gloves, surgical

    4015.19.10.00-2 Gloves for x-ray operators

    4015.19.10.00-3 Disposable examination gloves of rubber lates

    4015.19.90.20.-1 Gloves for epidemic prevention, of rubber

Only item under the following has import regulations:

    4015.19.90.90-6 Other gloves, mittens and mitts of vulcanized rubber.

    Exporters need to be noted and aware of the regulation C02 and specifically falls

    under the Protective gloves for occupational health. According to China National

    Standard (CNS) number 8068, T2010 as attachment i .

Note: C02: Some of the commodities under this item subject to legal import

    inspection announced by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection,

    ministry of economic affairs.

    Source: http://fbfh.trade.gov.tw/rich/test/indexfh.asp

Medical gloves, some of the consideration under this standard are as follows:

    Foreign manufacturers and exporters must compile?

CNS Standands

    Exporters of medical gloves should note the following requirements for exporting

    into the Taiwan market if it is categorized in HS code: 4015.19.90.90-6, which

    need to follows the standards regulation (8068, T2010 as attachement)

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4.0 Trade Figures

Some trade statistics indicating country composition and trends in imports and

    exports of Taiwan’s Disposable medical rubber gloves is as table 3 attached.

Notes: Malaysia continues to be the main source for medical rubber gloves for

    Taiwan, However, Malaysia disposable medical gloves is remains as the market

    leader since year 2000. In 2004, Malaysia managed a market share of 36.2

    percent in Taiwan (2003: 35.41 percent) with a valued amounted to 5.59

    US$ million (2003: UD$ 4.95 million). The nearest competitor is Thailand with a

    market share of 26.10 per cent.

5.0 Tariffs

Disposable medical rubber gloves fall under Harmonized Code 4015. Items in all

    the categories as Table 2 are subjected to imposed tariff of 5 percent.

    Exporters are advised to refer http://web.customs.gov.tw/rate/rate/esearch.asp

    for updated for the most current tariff.

    Table 2

    Item Code Tariff 40151100- 5%

    40151910- 5%

    40151990- 5% 40151990103- 5%

     40151990201- 5%

    40151990906- 5%

    Source: Directorate General of Customs, R.O.C.

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6.0 Major Taiwanese Companies in the Industry

Some of the local companies listed are as follows:

    PMGLOVES

    th Floor, No. 201 Fusing North Road, Taipei 105, Taiwan 10

    Tel: +886-2-227162828

    Fax: +886-2-27187588

    http://www.pmgloves.com.tw/

    Manufacturer of synthetic substitutes for rubber gloves including for medical use.

TAIWANGLOVES.COM

    No. 43, Fung le Road, North Taichung

    Taichung City

    Tel: +884-4-24225250

    http://taiwangloves.com/

MOTEX

    19F-3. No. 508, Chung Hsiao E. Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei, Taiwan 110

    Tel:+886-2-2727-7347 (REP.)

    Int'l direct line:+886-2-2727-8101

    The manufacturer have factories in Taiwan, Thailand and China.

    Produces medical Latex and Nitrile gloves

    http://www.motex.com/

7.0 Market Trends

    Taiwan experience a growing trend in the quality of health of its population. According to reports published by the Department of Health, Taiwan in May 2005, Taiwan has one of the highest levels of life expectancy in Asia. In 1951, the average life expectancy stood at 53.38 years; in 2003, it was 73.35 years for men (2000: 71.9years); and 79.05 years for females (2000: 77.8 years).

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Health insurance

    The establishment of the National Health Insurance has ever seen contributed to the general public well-being. Taiwan has initiated the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the implementation of the Bureau of NHI since 1995.

    Through risk pooling of NHI, the public has obtained comprehensive medical care such as health prevention, clinical care, hospitalization, resident care and social rehabilitation. As of April 2003, there were 21,869,478 individuals enrolled in the NHI with a coverage rate of 96%, up from 92% at the launching period.

Natural Rubber Latex Glove Allergy Concerns

    Natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves continue to hold a dominant share in the medical glove market in Taiwan. However, there is concern of latex allergies from these gloves. Some doctors and hospitals have turned to synthetic gloves (particularly from China). Neoprene is a preferred material for synthetic surgical gloves. Polyisoprene is emerging, and it has the closest tactile sensitivity, flexibility and durability to natural rubber. However, currently no synthetic material has the barrier protection that natural rubber latex has. To address allergy concerns, NRL glove producers need to focus on key features like low cost, low protein allergen and powder free gloves. In this context, the continued promotion of the Standard Malaysian Glove (SMG) program will be the key in differentiating Malaysian latex gloves.

Taiwan exports of Disposable Medical Rubber gloves

    Although Taiwan has no natural rubber and is totally dependent on import of raw material, it managed to export medical gloves valued at US$12.19 in 2004. This figure is relatively similar to Taiwan’s import value of medical gloves. This suggests that Taiwanese manufactures/exporters, have other strong qualities that Malaysian exporters might emulate such as their strong networking worldwide and their sensitiveness towards meeting demands while staying competitiveness.

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Aging Taiwanese Population

    According to the Council of Economic Planning and Development, statistics

    indicated that Taiwan became an aging population in 1993. Taiwan is the second

    most rapidly aging society in the world behind Japan. By 2010, Taiwan's elderly

    are projected to make up 14% of the total population. This figure is expected to

    reach 25% by 2026.

8.0 List of Importers_____________________________________________

List of Disposable medical rubber gloves is as attachment i.

9.0 Relevant Trade Fairs in Taiwan

Major industry show in Taiwan is as follows:

Exhibition: Taipei International Show on Medical Equipment , Pharmaceuticals

    & Bio-technology 2005 (MEDIPHAR Taipei)

    Organizers

    Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

    Formosan Medical Association

    Website: http://www.taipeitradeshows.com.tw/mediphar/

    Co-Organizes

    Taiwan Medical and Biotech Industry Association

    Taiwan Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Association

    Supervised by

    Department of Health, Executive Yuan

    National Health Research Institutes

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Show Dates

    November 10-13, 2005

    Venue

    Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall

    No. 5 Hsin-yi Road, Sec. 5, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

    Opening Hours

    November 10-13 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (For trade or by invitation)

    November 12-13 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Open to the public)

    Exhibit Profile

    Bio-tech Products, Diagnostic Equipment, Elderly & Nursing Care Products,

    Medical Education Equipment, Medical Equipment & Instruments, Medical

    Materials, Medical Use Computer Products & Software, Hospital Supplies

    Education Equipment, Health Care Products, Pharmaceuticals, Rehabilitation

    Products, Beauty Care & Anti-aging Medical Products

    Growth in Number of companies and boothsAs of Sept 2005

    2004 2005

    Exhibits Area Number of Number Number of Number

    Companies of Booths Companies of Booths Export Products Exhibits 66 154 56 147 Area

    Medical Equipment,

    Instruments & Hospital 57 139 37 76 Supplies Area

    Biotech Products Area 36 75 6 9 Elderly & Nursing Care 3 4 0 0 Products Area

    Health Care Products & 59 120 71 153 Rehabilitation products

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Area

    Medical Computers & 11 28 8 25 Medical Publications Area

    Taiwan medical And

    Biotech Industry 18 49 12 22 Association Members

    Area

    Beauty Care & Anti-aging -- -- 6 8 Medical Product

    Pharmaceuticals -- -- 5 9 Overseas Exhibits Area 33 19 12 16 Media Area 15 21 17 25 Total 298 609 230 490

Contact person:

    Project Manager: Ms. Angela S. J. Chan

    Tel: 886-2-2725-5200 ext. 2686

    Deputy Manager: Ms. Mandy Wang

    Tel: 886-2-2725-5200 ext. 2638

    Fax: 886-2-2725-3501

    E-mail: mediphar@taitra.org.tw

9.0 Relevant Associations

Associations

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