Gum rubbers have become slow sellers in Corona times. The world's largest manufacturer Karex has seen a 40 percent drop in demand since the outbreak of the crisis.

Condoms have been less in demand since the outbreak of the Corona crisis.

People have less sex with condoms in the pandemic

The world's largest condom producer, Karex, based in Malaysia, has seen demand fall by 40 percent over the past two years.

People have less sex with condoms during the pandemic

< p>According to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, company boss Goh Miah Kiat says this in an interview with the Japanese newspaper “Nikkei”.

That's the point

  • People use less rubber during the pandemic.< /p>

  • The world's largest producer Karex is making losses due to lower demand.

  • The reason is closed hotels or reduced condom campaigns governments.

  • Now the Karex company relies on disposable gloves.

Lockdowns, quarantines, working from home – many people stayed at home during the pandemic. Out of boredom and less social distraction, many had more sex – one might think. Condom manufacturers also expected an increase in demand for rubber during the first lockdowns. But things turned out differently.

The world's largest condom producer Karex, based in Malaysia, has seen demand fall by 40 percent over the past two years, as company boss Goh Miah Kiat said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper “Nikkei” according to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

Closed Hotels

One reason for the decline is that during this time, many people in search of sex found it difficult to find an intimate retreat. Hotels and guesthouses were partly closed. According to the Karex boss, many people in densely populated regions of the world like to retreat to hotels for sex.

Not in the mood for sex

In times of Corona, people are less interested in intimacy. The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” refers to surveys from several countries. According to a study from Indonesia, the listlessness could be due to “depression symptoms, anxiety, irritability, boredom, confusion and a feeling of isolation”. “Stress factors such as job loss” would also promote listlessness.

There was also less sex for money during the pandemic. In the red-light district, you usually need an above-average number of condoms, says Goh. Governments have also contributed to the rubber slump. State aid organizations, counseling centers and women's clinics distribute most of the condoms, but these were often closed.

Because of the slump in demand, Karex is now even going for a new mainstay. The manufacturer will soon open a factory for disposable gloves. These are in high demand during the pandemic, says Goh. However, the need for condoms is growing again due to the global relaxation of the corona virus.

The condom manufacturer produces one in five pieces of rubber in the world. In normal times, that's more than five billion a year. Karex sells condoms in 140 countries and to other brands such as Durex, Carex and One.

Sold more in Switzerland

While Karex sold fewer condoms worldwide during the pandemic, the situation is different for the Swiss condom brand Ceylor. “We have a significantly higher demand and apparently Corona leads to more hours of love,” says the Basel company and Ceylor owner Doetsch Grether on request. Significantly more condoms were sold, especially online and in retail stores. “Probably because people love more in the second year of the pandemic,” it continues.

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