Gloveman Supplies Ltd is unique in the way they supply latex and synthetic latex gloves to the care and domiciliary industries. Owned by latex producer Lalan in Sri Lanka, Gloveman can offer a total supply process literally from “Tree to Carer”.
Lalan commenced operations in the mid 1940’s and moved in to the production of centrifuged latex and manufacturing of gloves during the mid 1980’s. Since then Lalan has expanded its glove manufacturing capabilities and now produce all types of gloves – examination, household and industrial – using both natural and synthetic latex.
In early 2003 the company acquired over 7,000 hectares of rubber plantations, became a unique vertically integrated operation that manage the entire process through the value chain. The main focus of the company is to manufacture and supply gloves to cater and fulfil the diverse needs of end users across the globe. The company currently employs over 5,000 high quality staff from various disciplines to annually produce over 1 billion examination and around 50 million household and industrial gloves to meet the needs of a variety of users across many industries.
Mike Peck, Managing Director of Gloveman Supplies Ltd, stipulates the importance of not just being a supplier of latex gloves but also the manufacturer. “In today’s market place it’s important to the end user where their medical or examination latex gloves come from. We have strict procedures in place which means we can govern the sourcing of the latex from our own plantations, the manufacturing of the gloves to the correct safety standards, and also we can supply the gloves from our UK outlet, Gloveman Supplies Ltd”.
Mike added “We can, if required, trace each box of gloves back to the trees in our plantation. The whole process guarantees a top quality latex glove for carers, nurses, domiciliary workers and care homes.”
Lalan acknowledges its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) also. CSR could only be achieved by ensuring that as a company Lalan can conduct their business in a transparent and sustainable manner. Hence, they undertake to focus on a transparent and sincere effort to embed CSR in all that they do.
Mike continued to say “At Lalan, they have always cared for the ‘Society’ and ‘Nature’ and work towards enhancing the ‘Quality of Life’ in all aspects, most importantly the environment we live in. Lalan is practicing a Green Policy in many of its operational areas – from estates to the manufacturing plants. Their factories which are situated within special Industrial Zones strictly monitor the ‘permeable level of chemicals’ that are allowed to be released into the ‘Effluent Treatment Plants’ at the zone. We take pride in protecting the nature and circle of life”.