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Ansell Announces New Medical Glove Pricing To Adjust To Latex Price Hikes
Category: Medical Glove Pricing | 27/09/2006 - 09:24:24
It for example constitutes about half the cost of manufacturing a NRL (natural rubber latex) exam glove. Ansell has managed to avoid passing on price increases to the customer over the past years by implementing manufacturing efficiencies and fuel savings.
"Ansell has implemented cost savings measures in manufacturing facilities and worked with suppliers to reduce the effect of price pressure," according to Holger Fürstenberg, Marketing Director, Ansell Professional Healthcare Europe.
In order to offset these additional price increases, Ansell has decided to increase selling prices of NRL products. Since the beginning of 2005, latex prices have gone up by 120 %. Prices have increased by 35% in the past month alone. Increasing market demand, especially from China, and adverse weather in rubber-producing countries has pushed world natural rubber prices to an all-time high over the past few months.
The costs involved in the production of latex and synthetic gloves are invariably linked to the price of oil and related freight transport costs, which have also been rising steadily in the past months. The soaring latex price is affecting the manufacturing cost of many rubber products, including protective gloves.
Ansell management is continuously monitoring trends in the cost of raw materials and is exploring all potential routes for delaying or otherwise countering any future increases in the cost of raw materials. With a view to offering its customers the best products and the best service, Ansell is communicating with its clients and distributors regarding all major developments impacting the price of its products.
Brussels, July 13th 2006