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Malaysia reassures on supply after world's largest latex glove maker shuts factories

Added 11-25-20 04:04:12am EST - “Malaysia, the world's largest producer of rubber gloves, on Wednesday said it does not anticipate any disruption to supply after a top manufacturer shut some factories due to a coronavirus outbreak among its workers. Malaysia makes…” - News.yahoo.com

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia, the world's largest producer of rubber gloves, on Wednesday said it does not anticipate any disruption to supply after a top manufacturer shut some factories due to a coronavirus outbreak among its workers.

Malaysia makes just under two-thirds of the world's medical rubber gloves, global demand for which has surged in the pandemic, helping manufacturers such as Top Glove Corp report record profits.

But after thousands of workers at Top Glove's factories in Klang - about 40 km (25 miles) west of Kuala Lumpur - have tested positive for COVID-19, the government said it would shut some of its factories in phases to screen and quarantine workers.

The affected factories represent about half the total production capacity of Top Glove, the world's biggest latex glove maker.

"Be assured that new capacity is available to make good the interim shortfall and that there is not going to be any aggravated disruption to whatever is currently being supplied to the world," the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association said on Wednesday.

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