PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVES
September 2, 2021
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest industrial glove brand, GripStrong® Black Nitrile. This glove is the extension of the GripStrong® family, which currently includes GripStrong® Nitrile Powder-Free, GripStrong® Latex Powder-Free, GripStrong® Vinyl PowderFree, and GripStrong® Poly.
August 25, 2021
Clearwater, FL, August 24, 2021 – Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to introduce Mei Nelson, the new Supply Chain Services and Customer Service Manager. She assumed her role on July 6, 2021.
August 10, 2021
Sempermed USA is a globally integrated manufacturer that provides focused sales, marketing, and logistical support to those in need of hand protection. With more than 100 years of glove manufacturing experience, we have long been a pioneer within the disposable glove industry. As part of a strategic decision to improve our customer experience, we are consolidating our four distribution centers into three, effective July 2021. We are pleased to announce that the new distribution center (DC) is in Reno, Nevada and the first container shipments began arriving there in July.
August 3, 2021
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) affecting our factory since July 8th, 2021, was lifted on Friday, July 30, 2021, by the Malaysian Ministry of Health. We began running our glove production lines on Saturday, July 31st.
July 8, 2021
Due to the increase in Covid-19 infections throughout Malaysia, the Ministry of Health has prolonged the current “Movement Control Order” within the country, implementing even more restrictions for the most affected areas. Despite Sempermed's proactive, protective measures, our Sempermed production site in Kamunting has been impacted by this order.
May 27, 2021
It was announced in a press conference on May 22, 2021, that Malaysia would be put under a stricter ‘Emergency Movement Control Order’ due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Not only is the country under a lock-down, but consequently all factories, including glove manufacturers, are ordered to reduce their staff to 60% of the registered workforce on-site between May 25th and June 7th
April 21, 2021
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest industrial vinyl glove brand, SemperGuard® Black Vinyl. This glove joins the premium industrial SemperGuard® family, which currently includes SemperGuard® Nitrile Powder-Free, SemperGuard® Latex (Powdered and Powder-Free), SemperGuard® Vinyl (Powdered and Powder-Free), SemperGuard® Blue Vinyl Powder-Free, SemperGuard® Stretch Vinyl Powder-Free, and SemperGuard® FoodSafe Stretch Poly. SemperGuard® Black Vinyl is 100% free of DEHP and DINP, and is manufactured without accelerators, reducing the risk of dermatological reactions.
March 15, 2021
Due to the current extenuating circumstances, Sempermed has implemented a new Return Policy effective as of March 15, 2021.
March 4, 2021
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest nitrile examination glove brand, TenderTouch® 100. This glove joins the TenderTouch® family, which currently includes TenderTouch® exam nitrile (200 glove count, 180 XL). TenderTouch® 100 is tested for use with chemotherapy drugs and meets the USP 800 requirements for PPE compliance. These soft nitrile gloves are packed 100 per box, which is an economical choice for a variety of applications and environments where hand protection is critical.
November 1, 2020
Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact, not only on our day-to-day lives, but also on the global supply chain and factory capacity relating to disposable hand protection. The demand for disposable hand protection and other PPE has increased to neverbefore-seen levels. These demands have stressed factories and the supply chain to the point that shortages are being seen in the marketplace. Production lead times on many products have increased from a few months or less to several quarters or more.
October 30, 2020
Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce the rebranding of the SemperGuard® Powdered glove brands for latex and vinyl. The inner box and outer case artworks have been updated for both brands to reflect a refreshed, modern, and industrial design that continues to follow Sempermed’s color-coding system by size.
September 18, 2020
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our new general-purpose polyethylene brand, GripStrong® Poly (powder-free). This glove is an extension of the GripStrong® family which already includes GripStrong® Nitrile (powderfree), GripStrong® White Nitrile (powder-free), GripStrong® Latex (powder-free), and GripStrong® Vinyl (powder-free).
July 17, 2020
COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact, not only on our day-to-day lives, but also on the global supply chain and on factory capacity relating to disposable hand protection. Due to the situation, all customers ordering from our domestic warehouses are being held to strict allocation programs. Effective immediately, Sempermed will have allocation changes for our StarMed Latex (SM) and SemperCare Latex (SCLT) brands. As mentioned in last month’s Covid Crisis Communication, StarMed Latex (SM) is going to be on a long term backorder. Moving forward we will be able to offer a comparable exam latex in our SemperCare Latex (SCLT).
May 22, 2020
Covid-19 is having a significant impact, not only on our day-to-day lives, but also on the global supply chain and factory capacity relating to disposable hand protection.
May 21, 2020
Effective immediately, Sempermed USA will be retiring our SemperShield® Nitrile extended cuff powder-free exam glove (reorder numbers SSNF102 – SSNF106). This decision was prompted by a nationwide inventory shortage due to COVID-19.
April 29, 2020
On April 10, 2020, China implemented a new regulation for vinyl glove exports. Policy No. 53 (part of the Export Commodity Inspection Law of the People’s Republic of China) affects the exportation of medical and non-medical grade vinyl gloves, medical devices, and other PPE from China.
April 15, 2020
Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on the global supply chain and factory capacity for disposable hand protection. Our commitment to you is transparent communication and equitable treatment of orders for all our customers.
April 13, 2020
Clearwater, FL, April 13, 2020 – Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce the second generation of our StarMed® ROSE nitrile examination glove: Best Touch® StarMed® ROSE with aloe. This glove joins the Best Touch® family, which includes Best Touch® Latex, an examination glove coated with aloe and vitamin E. The vivid color of Best Touch® StarMed® ROSE with aloe has what it takes to brighten any environment, from ER to exam room to tattoo shop. The aloe coating soothes dry hands and can relieve skin discomfort.
March 27, 2020
Covid-19 is having a significant impact, not only on our day-to-day lives, but also on the global supply chain and factory capacity relating to disposable hand protection. The demand for disposable hand protection and other PPE has increased to never-before-seen levels. These demands have stressed factories and the supply chain to the point that shortages are being seen in the marketplace. Production lead times on many products have increased from a few months or less to several quarters or more in just the last 45 days.
February 21, 2020
Just a friendly reminder, FDA enforcement of Unique Device Identification (UDI) labeling and data submission for Class 1 medical devices, including disposable surgical and examination gloves, will begin on September 24, 2020.
February 21, 2020
The newly-named Covid-19, also known as novel-Coronavirus, is creating increasingly stringent containment measures throughout China. Quarantine and travel restrictions accompanied by worker shortages, transportation limitations, and significant increases in domestic personal protection equipment demand has resulted in increased delivery times for vinyl, nitrile, and latex gloves. Lead times have been extended from 8 weeks to 16 weeks or more based on product demand. This global issue is affecting all glove suppliers worldwide.
February 19, 2020
Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce the rebranding of the SemperGuard® Latex Powder-Free glove product line. The inner box and outer case artwork have been updated to reflect a refreshed, modern industrial design that continues to follow Sempermed’s color-coding system by size. Please note, neither the physical gloves or the dimensions of the box/case have changed. This is the same great glove, just in a new updated package. The box/case will display a “Same Great Glove - New Package” logo.
February 12, 2020
Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce the rebranding of the SemperGuard® Vinyl Powder-Free glove product line. The inner box and outer case artwork have been updated to reflect a refreshed, modern industrial design that continues to follow Sempermed’s color-coding system by size. As for the physical gloves and the dimensions of the box/case, we increased the weight of the glove from a 4.0 gram to a 5.5 gram in order to meet the demands of the industrial glove market. The box/case dimensions had to be updated slightly to properly fit and package the new weight glove.
January 31, 2020
In December 2019, an outbreak of a novel type of coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei Province in Central China. The virus has resulted in an increasing number of fatalities in China and it has been confirmed in many additional countries. This Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) belongs to the Coronaviridae family. Other viruses in this family are the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Because there is evidence of human-to-human transmission, and a continued risk of infection, we would like to assure you that all medical gloves offered by Sempermed® are Class I medical devices and are tested according to the following standard: ASTM F1671: Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System
January 17, 2020
On September 24, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established a unique identification system to adequately identify medical devices. The label of most devices must include a Unique Device Identifier (UDI) in human-and-machine readable format.
December 20, 2019
Sempermed USA, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce the rebranding of the SemperGuard® Nitrile Powder-Free glove product line. The inner box and outer case artwork have been updated to reflect a refreshed, modern industrial design that continues to follow Sempermed’s color-coding system by size.
December 5, 2019
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest nitrile examination glove brand, StarMed® Black. This glove joins the StarMed® family which currently includes StarMed® latex, StarMed® ROSE nitrile, StarMed® Ultra nitrile, StarMed® PLUS nitrile, and StarMed® Select nitrile. StarMed® Black gloves are tested for protection against Fentanyl and feature the Smart Dispense Technology, Single Glove DeliveryTM packaging method, which reduces wrinkled gloves and eliminate waste.
October 31, 2019
On 13 August 2019 the United States Trade Representative announced next steps in the process of imposing additional 10% tariffs on Chinese imports. The previous proposed “List 4” was divided into two parts: “List 4A” (effective 1 September 2019) and “List 4B” (effective 15 December 2019). Sempermed imports from China only gloves manufactured of plastic, such as vinyl and polyethylene. These products are included on “List 4B.” As a result, proposed additional tariffs for these gloves are delayed until 15 December 2019. On 23 August 2019 it was announced that the proposed tariffs taking effect on 15 December 2019 will be increased by 5%. If imposed, the tariffs will result in necessary price adjustments no later than February 1, 2020. As expected, these price increases will be passed along to glove consumers.
October 24, 2019
Over the past few years, individual states have been legislating the use of latex gloves in retail food establishments. Legislation varies from state to state. Currently Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Oregon have some form of legislation or recommendation regarding the use of latex gloves in food handling, food preparation, ready-to-eat foods, and food establishments. A few other states are in discussions about enacting similar legislation in the near future.
October 7, 2019
As your global glove expert, Sempermed strives to keep you informed of relevant situations that could affect product supply in the market. If your current supply is now at risk, we have surgical gloves manufactured in Austria and examination/general purpose gloves manufactured in Malaysia available for immediate shipment.
July 30, 2019
A gas tariff that went into effect July 15, 2019 has added unanticipated production costs for glove manufacturing companies in Malaysia. Due to the changes in production costs, disposable glove prices will increase.
January 28, 2019
Effective immediately, Sempermed USA will be retiring our Best Touch® Nitrile powder-free exam glove (reorder numbers BTNA101 – BTNA105). This decision was prompted by decreased demand and sales.
January 4, 2019
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest nitrile examination glove brand, StarMed® Select. This glove joins the StarMed® family which already includes StarMed® latex, StarMed® ROSE nitrile, StarMed® Ultra nitrile, and StarMed® PLUS nitrile. StarMed Select gloves feature the Smart Dispense Technology, Single Glove DeliveryTM packaging method, which is proven to reduce wrinkled gloves and eliminate waste. Each box is packed to perfection and dispenses one glove at a time.
May 14, 2018
Great news, SemperCrew. We have received fentanyl test results for five Sempermed glove brands: TenderTouch®, SemperForce®, SemperCare® Nitrile, StarMed® Ultra Nitrile and SemperShield® Nitrile. There was no permeation over the duration of the test period (240 minutes) for any of the gloves. You can now recommend these gloves for use in situations where fentanyl exposure could occur.
April 5, 2018
Sempermed USA announces the launch of our newest exam nitrile brand, SemperShield® standard cuff. This glove, which is ESD tested and approved, joins the SemperShield family in offering the heaviest exam nitrile gloves in our portfolio.
March 27, 2018
Sempermed, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to introduce size xx-large in our GripStrong® White Nitrile general purpose glove. In order to better meet the demands of our customers, we increased the largest size option to size xx-large.
March 1, 2018
A recent regulation in the trucking industry is causing considerable delays in the transport of goods. The enforcement of ELDs, (Electronic Logging Devices), took place in December of 2017.
December 22, 2017
Many supply chain constraints are currently affecting the production and logistics costs of disposable gloves manufactured in Asia. This will result in necessary price adjustments in early 2018. Factors affecting the glove manufacturing industry are the rising costs of natural gas, packaging, and raw materials. A weakened US dollar also plays a key role in the need for a price increase. As expected, these price increases will be passed along to glove consumers. In 2018, more than a 20% increase in the natural gas tariff will occur. According to analysts, natural gas constitutes approximately one tenth of a glove manufacturer’s production costs. Most factories are in the process of adjusting prices in anticipation of this increase. A weakened US dollar causes the prices of imported goods to increase for consumers. The Malaysian ringgit has strengthened by 10% against the dollar in 2017. Moreover, the weakening of the US dollar has a direct impact on the profit margins of foreign manufacturers. A shortage of recyclable materials is also a factor in price increases of packaging materials. The root cause is rapidly dwindling readership of newspapers and magazines worldwide. This translates to an increase of about 20 to 30 cents per carton of gloves. Industry analysts foresee this shortage to continue well into 2018. Environmental regulations imposed at the end of 2016 on Chinese factories producing vinyl and low-quality nitrile gloves continue to add to the supply chain constraints, whereas many others are still not operating at full capacity (if at all). Factories are required to install and complete boiler upgrades to meet regulations before they can resume production. While Sempermed does not source any of our nitrile products from China, these environmental restrictions will impact the entire supply chain as customers shift toward ordering from factories in Thailand and Malaysia. All that said, please be assured that Sempermed is monitoring the situation closely and will communicate further details as they become available.
November 20, 2017
Effective immediately, Sempermed USA will be retiring our Best Touch® Vinyl powder-free exam gloves (reorder numbers BTVA101 – BTVA105). This decision was brought on by decreased nationwide demand.
October 16, 2017
Sempermed, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to introduce size xx-large in our SemperGuard® FoodSafe Stretch Poly general purpose glove. In order to better meet the demands of the Jan/San and Food Services markets, we increased the largest size option to size xx-large.
September 19, 2017
Sempermed USA has become part of the world wide SemperNet, as part of the on-going SUSA integration with the Semperit AG Holding organization. By now, you should have received an email invitation to join the group from Christian Kraut, under the email address of email@example.com. This was followed by an email from Sean Campbell advising us to keep the email and that instructions would be sent soon.
September 15, 2017
In late November, 2016, Sempermed became aware of an important manufacturing issue regarding the production and shipment of vinyl, which had a significant effect on many industries that utilize vinyl products.
August 11, 2017
Sempermed USA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hand protection, is pleased to add new and improved SemperCare® Nitrile powder-free exam gloves to its expanding SemperCare® family, which already includes SemperCare® Latex and SemperCare® Vinyl.
June 8, 2017
SemperCare® Latex is the second generation of our popular co-polymer latex glove, boasting enhanced elasticity, tactile sensitivity and sensation. New and improved, SemperCare® Latex will be a solid addition to our expanded portfolio of hand protection items in our SemperCare® family, joining SemperCare® Vinyl and SemperCare® Nitrile.
March 15, 2017
I am pleased to inform you that the joint venture transaction between Semperit and Sri Trang has been completed today. Sempermed USA is now officially a wholly owned subsidiary of the Semperit Group and is fully integrated into a strong global organization that is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction. We will be an essential part of Semperit’s growth strategy.
February 3, 2017
Due to changes in energy costs and raw material pricing, disposable glove prices will definitely see price adjustments in early 2017.
December 20, 2016
On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final ruling banning powdered surgical gloves and powdered examination gloves, as well as the absorbable powder used in the manufacture of powdered surgical gloves.
December 19, 2016
We have made a change to the outer case dimensions and the pallet configuration of our GripStrong White Nitrile product (GSWNF). We found the new outer carton dimensions will better support the weight of other cases being stacked on top during shipping as well as in our distribution center. Please note, the inner box size and product have NOT changed and will continue to hold 100 gloves per box for all sizes and 10 boxes per case.
December 6, 2016
Sempermed has recently become aware of an important manufacturing issue regarding the production and shipment of vinyl that will have a significant effect on the many industries that utilize vinyl products.
October 14, 2016
The global shipping industry, including Sempermed USA, has seen a delay in ocean freight shipments over the past 5 to 6 weeks.