If you are reasonably connected in the PPE industry, you probably already heard about Skymed Nitrile Gloves from Thailand iland, repeatedly making the news – for all the wrong reasons. However, if your question is if Skymed is really a scam, read on…
In an earlier blog post, I posted a picture of a bunch of elderly people repackaging gloves into Skymed boxes. In fact, I was exposed to this brand very early on but didn’t proceed with it because no proof of on-going manufacture could be produced. Moreover, because the key shareholders are military personnel, I didn’t want to get involved because those in Thailand will know the powers of “guanxi” and how military can be above the law.
Skymed Nitrile Gloves has already made the news multiple times. Most recently, it was for fraud with fake and forged certificates. Even Shun Thai Glove Co. Ltd has included an announcement on their site that they do not produce for Skymed. Medical Glove Co. Ltd also made a statement on Skymed on their FB page for the same.
Can Skymed Actually Deliver?
Apparently, Skymed does actually deliver orders – without even having a factory. They are obviously doing it by repackaging! Previously, there was large amount of unbranded, unpackaged, locally-manufactured blue nitrile gloves going at $4-5 usd per 100 pieces. However, in one fell swoop, all these gloves disappeared from the market place. Subsequently, resellers of these gloves my wife and I contacted asked if we wanted Vietnam produced gloves. Could those be the rumoured rejected V Gloves (or the fakes) that didn’t make it through US customs?
The news clippings raise a new point though. That the unpackaged unbranded gloves could simply be recycled used gloves.
The funny thing is though, Skymed gloves pass SGS tests. Someone I know has been working on this brand for a few small orders and share these with me…
So is Skymed Nitrile Gloves from Thailand really a scam? The subject of recycled gloves is a whole new point and loophole in inspections. Personally, I know of customers who don’t have an issue with repackaged gloves. But what if the gloves are used and contaminated? If any complications arise and it traces back to the supplier, even where the PPE broker is indemnified under the contract, its not a good thought that someone might pick up something from a situation we could have prevented. I personally also felt that one of the tactics of some unethical business opportunists is to “name-squat” on very common names. You can find so many unrelated search results for “Skymed” on Google. The foolish, or English-illiterate may be quick to assume Skymed has an established Web presence – when in actual fact none of these sites are related.
If anyone is looking for good supply of non-recycled nitrile gloves, contact me via the “Contact” page!