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Malaysia's Karex: COVID lockdowns dented condom demand

CEO of world's biggest maker tries rubber gloves to boost bottom line

Karex CEO Goh Miah Kiat says condom manufacturing plants in Malaysia and Thailand are running at near capacity as global orders rebound. (Photo by P Prem Kumar)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Spending more time indoors under lockdowns, closures and other curbs might seem a natural catalyst for more sex -- and condom use -- but the world's biggest maker of the prophylactics says otherwise.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia, Goh Miah Kiat, CEO of condom giant Karex, said use of its products actually declined as much as 40% in the last two years.

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