Automotive manufacturing

Since 1948, we are glove manufacturers and we produce nearly 1 million pairs every day. Our experts visit your factories to help you choose or develop the glove that suits you. In order to be present where your factories are, we have local teams speaking the same language as your operators.


This documentation is aimed to help you finding the right Mapa glove that fits your optimum protection needs. Specific selection guides have been designed for each of the 7 steps of automative manufacturing chain.

Choose your gloves for the Automotive manufacturing:

Metalworking department where flat metal sheets are blanked and formed by a machine-press to give them desired shape
Primary assembly department where metal parts are set together to form the vehicle body and structure.

Assembly of metal parts of the vehicle body takes place by mean of welding, bonding or mechanical fastening. The assembly processes are generally very automated. Most manual operations consist in feeding robots with parts after picking them up from racks. The weight of the metal parts can vary from 1kg up to more than 12 kg.

Cut level

The part edges can be sharp or contain metal barbs with cut risks for hands and arms.

  • Cut level 3

    Cut level 3

  • Cut level 5


Metal parts are often slightly oily on their surface leading to difficult prehension and increasing cut risk. Other manual operations consist in controlling the smoothness of the body surface, or to apply sealants to fill gaps and guarantee liquidproofness. Some welding stations may expose operators to sparks.

  • Dry
  • Oil/Grease
  • Very oily
Where vehicle body is cleaned and degreased, before being coated with sucessively anti-corrosive, primer, colored top-coat, and ultimately clearcoat layers.
Workshops where mechanical units such as engine, gearbox, transmission parts, and other axles are being manufactured and assembled.
Final production line where all components are set together to complete the building of a vehicle.
Cross-functionnal department dedicated to set, and maintain the machines and tools involved in the production.
Another cross-functionnal department, handling parts from manufacturing workshops or from warehouses, to the workstations where they will be used or assembled on the vehicle.

According to your search criterias, Mapa Professional suggests the following glove models:

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Cut Protection - KryTech 601 - packshot
Especially designed for quality car inspection in automotive industries
Cut Protection - KryTech 557 - packshot
Standard protection for intricate handling in reasonably clean environments
Cut Protection - KryTech 586 - packshot
High-performance protection for intricate handling in reasonably clean environments
Cut Protection - KryTech 580 - packshot
Cut, Grip and Skin Protection for oily environments
Cut Protection - KryTech 836 - packshot
Excellent cut protection and resistance to wear with optimal dexterity and comfort.
Cut Protection - KryTech  622 - packshot
Very high cut protection without any compromise on comfort and dexterity.
Cut Protection - KryTech 582 - packshot
Special Grip&Proof nitrile coating provides better liquidproofness and grip in ...

Complementary product line

Thermal Protection - Temp-Dex 745 - packshot
Dexterity and resistance to cuts for optimized thermal protection
Thermal Protection - TempDex 720 - packshot
Dexterity and resistance to cuts for optimised thermal protection
Cut Protection - KryTech 532 - packshot
Maximum comfort and practical protection
Cut Protection - KryTech 538 - packshot
Ultra comfort and practical protection

Please expand your search criteria. It might be due to functionalities that are opposite




What is BEA (Blood Exposure Accidents)?

Blood Exposure Accidents refer to any percutaneous injury or contact of mucus or damaged skin with blood or a biological liquid liable to contain any type of pathogenic agent.

The most obvious risks are highly pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B, the very serious consequences of which lead both employers and employees to be constantly on their guard.

The Mapa Professionnel innovation, the BioPro glove, is designed to reduce the gravity of a Blood Exposure Accident.

Gloves to protect against avian flu.

The avian influenza is caused by a virus (here the highly pathogenic H5N1) which is spreading among birds. The flu has been proven transmissible to humans primarily through inhalation but also through contact contamination. Until now, no human-to-human transmission has been evidenced, but this could change through a genetic mutation of the virus. Such contamination is possible in the environment of dead or infected birds, through airborne or contact contamination of bird secretions or feces. Typical applications where the risk exists is the removal of dead birds, slaughtering and elimination of suspected infected birds, post-mortem examination of birds, medical care to suspected infected persons (precaution).

Which gloves will protect?

The first requirement applicable to gloves to protect against the avian flu virus is to be liquidproof, i.e. in compliance with EN 374-1 for the penetration tests. Besides, the gloves must remain liquidproof during the full period of exposure. It must thus offer sufficient mechanical strength in order to prevent any damage on the glove such as cut, snag or tear that would break down the barrier. Of course, the gloves are disposable ones; they shall be discarded after use in a proper manner to prevent further contamination.

Thus thin disposable gloves (such as Trilites 994, 993 or Solo Ultra 997) are acceptable only if there are no mechanical stresses or risks associated in the job, e.g. limited to laboratory works.

Selection of the proper glove will depend upon the job to be performed, i.e. mechanical stresses and functionality required. For collecting and disposing of dead birds, as well as decontamination works of surfaces and soil, gloves such as Classics L200 or L210, Two-Tone NS-53, Optinit 472 or StanSolv A-10 are appropriate, but other gloves from the Mapa-Professionnel range may also be selected depending on the functionality requirements.

What is DMF?

Dimethylformamide (or DMF) is a solvent used in a variety of applications in the chemical industry. DMF is also used in the manufacturing process for gloves made of polyurethane (PU) and derivatives. DMF is a chemical which, during use, can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It is classified as harmful by inhalation and skin contact. In case of long-term or repeated exposure, DMF may have effects on the liver. Occupational exposure limits have been defined in several countries and these limits indicate maximum concentration in the air with which MAPA gloves in polyurethane are compliant.

To eradicate the risk of exposure to DMF, MAPA offers a full range of nitrile gloves (Ultrane 553, Ultrane 562, Krynit 563, Krynit 582, etc.).

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