Engine oil specs are increasing the technical demands put on base oils and pushing formulators toward using more synthetics--some of which may not even be on the market yet.
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Managing Editor, Lubes'n'Greases magazine
Caitlin Jacobs joined LNG in August 2015 as assistant editor for Lubes’n’Greases magazine and became managing editor in September 2016. An experienced writer and editor, she holds a communications degree from Elon University in North Carolina and a master’s in applied linguistics from University College Cork, Ireland.
Jacobs began her career as a one-woman communications department at a Capitol Hill nonprofit. From there, she taught English and worked on the nationally-known Gwangju News magazine in South Korea, pursued her graduate degree in Ireland, and returned to Washington, D.C. as a communications consultant. Prior to joining LNG, she was an editor and communications professional at an aviation industry trade association.
While Western businesses may wring their hands in frustration at the difficulties of doing business in Asia, at least one industry insider views high barriers to entry as positive.
Caitlin Jacobs shines a light on the Petroleum Quality Institute of America.
ExxonMobil announced last week that it has increased low-viscosity polyalphaolefin production capacity at its Gravenchon, France, plant by 19 percent to 105,000 metric tons per year.
ExxonMobil announced today that it has increased low-viscosity polyalphaolefin production capacity at its Gravenchon, France, plant by 19 percent to 105,000 metric tons per year.
Polyisobutenes have kept a steady beat in the market. Recently producers have been cranking up the volume to meet increased additive demand.
Little-understood markets in South America could be cultivating opportunities for lubes.
In a country where effective marketing techniques are already significantly different from those in the West, China’s lubricants market is poised for even more change in the near future, attendees heard during an industry conference held in London last month.
Together with the United States, China will shape the passenger car motor oil market through 2040, said George Morvey of consultancy Kline & Co., speaking at an industry conference in London last month. The country’s emphasis on electric vehicles will play a major role during the latter part of the forecast.
Government application of economic sanctions is on the rise, and that can create complications during an age of global trade. Companies in a wide range of industries – including base oils and finished lubricants – need to keep abreast of both financial and trade sanctions and account for them in their operations and business planning, according to speakers at a conference in London last week.
The shift to API Group II base oils is about to kick into high gear as new capacity comes online and Marpol 2020 alters refining margins.
An industry group organized by the American Petroleum Institute is making headway on recommendations to improve the engine oil specification development process, API’s Kevin Ferrick told Lube Report.
Lubricant suppliers and regulators may debate the merits of 303 tractor hydraulic fluids, but speakers at a recent industry conference agreed that the market needs greater transparency about product performance.
Wind turbine operators are demanding better guidance for lubricants, with costly consequences for those that choose the wrong products.
Like a note in a symphony, oils and greases are a small but integral part of musical instrument maintenance.