Production facilities in Thailand

The Mercator Medical Group is not only a distributor of medical devices, but also a manufacturer of single-use gloves. The company is one of the few European players who manufacture gloves in Asia and sell them worldwide.

Currently, Mercator has three own production facilities in Thailand. The factories are located in the south of Thailand, in the province of Songkhla, just a short distance away from two ports, which enables efficient distribution of products.

The new factory will produce mainly specialty gloves with the third factory in operation, the MMT production capacity will increase by another 30% in 2022, which means that the company will be able to produce up to 4 billion gloves per year.

Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd.

Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is a world manufacturer and distributor of high quality examination and protective gloves made of nitrile and natural rubber latex. It offers gloves suitable for the medical, industrial, food and automotive sectors, including gloves for procedures with increased risk of infection. The company sells its products on the global market and supplies them to the individual members of the Mercator Medical Group.

Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd.
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The environment and environmental protection are very important issues for us, which is why we focus on modernisation. With continued investment, our facilities are among the most modern factories in the region. We are trying to prevent climate change, we are committed to sustainable development and we invest in renewable energy sources.

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Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is a company that is responsible for the needs of consumers and follows the latest trends in the industry. The company is constantly growing, looking for new manufacturing solutions. This translates into a broad portfolio of examination, specialty and professional gloves, classified as Class I PPE. The company offers its products globally and Mercator’s assortment is presented at major industry events.

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At our factories in Thailand we meet ISO management standards. We conduct regular audits to optimise our production process on an ongoing basis. We care about both our employees and the environment.

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We also inspect raw materials, intermediate products and end products. This allows us to maintain the required quality and performance standards and even achieve results that exceed their guidelines. At Mercator Medical we use only the best quality raw materials. 

European factory in Asia

European factory in Asia

The Management Board of Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is composed of qualified specialists from both Poland and Thailand. Together we make up a multicultural organisation combining the highest European standards of management, customer service and quality with Asian manufacturing know-how. Mercator Medical is one of the two companies in Europe that can boast their own factories in Asia. As a result, the company is not dependent on external suppliers.

European factory in Asia

Scale

Initially the factory had a surface area of 16,385 m2, and when the second production line was opened, the area increased by 4,358 m2. The total area covered by the company’s headquarters and the factory of Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is 20,743 m2. The factory employs over 1,170 people, mainly the inhabitants of the region. The production capacity of both lines is more than 3 billion gloves per year. The production lines allow the manufacture of nitrile or latex examination and protective gloves, as well as high risk gloves for procedures with increased risk of infection.

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Part of the Mercator Medical Group

Mercator Medical is a valued and recognised European distributor of medical and protective gloves. Products manufactured by Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. are channelled to the distribution network of the Mercator Medical Group. The Thailand factory is the first Polish investment in that country, which is constantly developing – not only in terms of the production scale, but also its range. All to meet the growing demand for single-use gloves.

The essential raw material used in the production of gloves.

Our factories have production lines manufacturing gloves of two main raw materials – nitrile and latex.

Nitrile

The essential raw material used in the production of gloves.

Nitrile, also known as acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), is a material composed of organic chemical compounds and an essential raw material used for the production of gloves.

  • Nitrile gloves are latex-free, making them safe for people with allergies.
  • Nitrile has very low levels of chemical vulcanisation accelerators, so gloves made of this raw material are much less likely to cause type IV allergies.
  • Nitrile gloves are more durable than latex gloves.

Latex

The essential raw material used in the production of gloves.

Latex is manufactured from natural rubber which is extracted from rubber trees. In the morning, V-shaped incisions are made on the tree stems. Below these incisions, containers are placed to collect the milk. Latex is an entirely natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly raw material.

  • Proteins contained in latex may cause type I allergy – to minimise the risk of symptoms, some of the latex gloves manufactured by Mercator Medical Thailand are covered with a skin-safe polymer coating.
  • Latex gloves are very flexible and fit comfortably on the hand.
History of the Thailand factory

History of the Thailand factory

Since 2006, Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. has been active in manufacturing and distribution in Thailand. The purchase of a glove factory in Thailand was intended to ensure independence from external suppliers. Thanks to this, today we can respond to customers’ current needs and deliver the best quality products to European markets. The Mercator Medical factory was at the same time the first industrial investment of the Polish company in Thailand. In March 2015 another production line was launched in the first factory of the company (the last of the four new lines launched from the beginning of 2014). Building the second gloves factory in Thailand (the investment worth PLN 117 M; the last production line completed in September 2018) allowed the company to increase its production capabilities by as much as 150%, up to 3 billion gloves annually. In 2022, the third, most modern and ecological factory of Mercator Medical was launched.

Thanks to continuous investment in plant modernisation and environmental protection, the factory can boast one of the most modern production lines in the region. The company is recognised worldwide and presents its assortment at the most important medical fairs.

In March 2015 another production line was launched in the first factory of the company (the last of the four new lines launched from the beginning of 2014). Building the second gloves factory in Thailand (the investment worth PLN 117 M; the last production line completed in September 2018) allowed the company to increase its production capabilities by 150%, up to 3 billion gloves annually.

Currently, the manufacturing capacity of the first factory is 110 million gloves per month, and of the second – 160 million gloves per month.

Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is regularly audited by notified and accredited bodies. It has an international GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification as well as ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification, and a certificate of the Thai Food and Drug Administration. Our products conform to the ASTM and EN standards and have an FDA 510(k) and CE certificate.

In 2019, Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. implemented the SA8000 standard – the most well-known social responsibility standard based on the guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is applied by companies which focus on the rights and well-being of their workers.

In addition, in 2019 Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. obtained the TLS (Thai Labour Standard) certificate, which is the local equivalent of a social responsibility certificate.

In 2022, Mercator Medical (Thailand) launched its third plant in Thailand.

Manufacturing process of nitrile gloves

Why do gloves from our factory stand out for their high quality? This is guaranteed by multi-stage production control.
Most nitrile gloves are manufactured in approximately the same way.

Environment

We strive to protect the environment every day. Our development strategy and the business model adopted rest on the basic premise: “we only have one planet, and its natural capital is limited, so we need to take care of it”. It is now necessary to develop a model of social and economic development that does not contribute to environmental degradation. We believe that it is our common task and we take responsibility for introducing green solutions.

Doing business requires active involvement in the matters concerning society. That is why we are taking initiatives that change the world for better in small steps. We want to take care not only of ourselves but of the next generations as well – so that they can also live in a healthy and safe environment. With this in mind, the factory of Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. has recently introduced modern and environmentally friendly solutions:

Environment

Solar panels

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32.000 m2 of our plant area dedicated to solar panels

6,1 MWp mocy produced by 3 plants (allows the plant to be supplied with solar energy for a whole day)

Bioenergy

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3 types of biomass, which we use, are all from natural resources

Air pollution control

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Wet scrubber system for residual chlorine and solid impurities treatment

Water retention

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11.000 m3 of stored rainwater used in production

2 zbiorniki minimise groundwater consumption and protect against local floods and droughts

Water purification

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700 m3/day of water recovered after treatment, which guarantees a reduction in overall consumption

Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater Recycling Plant

Standards

We respect our employees and the environment.
We are committed to ensuring the high quality of our products, as confirmed by our certifications and the standards we meet.

Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. is regularly audited by notified and accredited bodies. It has an international GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification as well as ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification, and a certificate of the Thai Food and Drug Administration. Our products conform to the ASTM and EN standards and meet the guidelines of FDA 510(k) and CE. 

In 2019, Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. implemented the SA8000 standard – the most well-known social responsibility standard based on the guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is applied by companies which always focus on the rights and well-being of their workers. 

Also in 2019, Mercator Medical (Thailand) Ltd. obtained the TLS (Thai Labour Standard) certificate,
which is a local corporate social responsibility certificate. 

Currently, the factory in Thailand employs over 1,170 people, mainly the inhabitants of the region. 

Employee rights

In our relationship with our employees and business partners of the Mercator Medical Group, we adhere to highest standards and principles of work ethics. The Group’s staff policy is based on ethical values, a system of professional competences and open communication.
Our factory is distinguished by American employment standards. We work in a system involving three shifts and eight hours of work. Our business is continuously audited. As a result, we are constantly improving our processes and maintaining the quality of our products, which has earned us recognition among customers across all continents.

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Production quality control

Each batch of gloves manufactured at the factory of Mercator Medical goes through a five-step quality control process. The procedures comply with ISO standards, so it is important for us to have a regular audit that allows us to control and follow the production rules. All batches of gloves are tested for tightness, tensility and possible visual defects. The products are then packaged and prepared for dispatch. 

Standards

Certificates

The quality of our products and procedures related to employee rights is proven by the certificates we have received: 

International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001 / ISO 13485

International Organization for Standardization 9001 and 13485 – the Quality Management System for Medical Devices developed in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001; ISO 13485 is an international standard containing requirements for medical devices intended to guarantee the highest quality of products and their compliance with the law and customer expectations.

EU type-examination certificate

EU-type examination certificate – EU-type examination is a procedure whereby a notified body ascertains and attests that the product, including its technical documentation and relevant life-cycle processes, as well as a representative sample of the envisaged product, complies with the relevant provisions.

CE certificate for medical gloves

CE certificate for medical gloves – the CE mark indicates that the product can be legally sold in any EU country. EU regulations require the use of the CE mark, so gloves must be marked with this symbol. The CE mark may qualify gloves as a medical device, personal protective equipment or both.

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

The GMP rules ensure high quality and the highest purity of the materials used for the production of medical and protective gloves, and full control of the origin and quality of raw materials and the entire manufacturing process.

SA 8000 – SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY CERTIFICATION

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY CERTIFICATION – this standard covers human rights and employee rights. The element at the heart of SA8000® is the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It takes into account the social and environmental aspects of company management and all other factors that may affect the employee of a given company. Implementation of this standard makes business ethical and employee-friendly.

FDA 510(k) registration

US Food and Drug Administration 510(K) – this is a notification issued prior to placing the item on the market. It contains detailed technical information for medical devices to confirm that the relevant product is “substantially equivalent” to a product already sold in the US market.

Thai FDA

Thai Food and Drug Administration – a Thai marketing authorisation certificate.