Guantes Vitex S.A. de C.V. is adding nitrile household gloves to its product line, which will boost capacity, fill a niche need in the market and increase sales.
The latex and synthetic latex industrial, household and janitorial glove manufacturer has been planning to expand its offerings for some time, according to Juan Ramon Hernaiz, owner and president of the company. It held off making a move earlier because of the poor economy.
However, the firm is beginning to see a more significant increase in business and customers are once again starting to stock up on gloves as inventories thin, he said at the International Latex Conference, held July 30-31 in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Uxmel, Mexico-based Guantes Vitex, which has been manufacturing gloves since 1967, operates out of an approximately 107,600-sq.-ft. factory on a site that has ample room for expansion, Hernaiz said.
The producer of rubber, neoprene, nitrile and blended gloves has been at its present facility since 1982.
``We had seen a need for another special niche nitrile glove, and we have plans to add new production for the glove soon,'' he said. ``This will add to our capacity but we can handle that with the equipment we have.''
Currently, Guantes Vitex manufactures more than 60 million pairs of gloves per year for its global customer base, he said. It markets and sells its gloves in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Central America and Europe.
While Hernaiz knew the firm needed to add the nitrile glove to its line of products, he said the sagging economy prevented the Mexican company from making a move sooner.
``After the Sept. 11 tragedy, we felt the recession,'' he said. ``But business is starting to come back, although customers don't want too much inventory.''