Caitlin Jacobs

caitlin@lubesngreases.com

Managing Editor, Lubes'n'Greases magazine - Caitlin Jacobs joined Lubes’n’Greases in 2015 as assistant editor under co-founder Lisa Tocci, becoming managing editor for Lubes’n’Greases magazine the following year. Caitlin holds a Master’s degree in applied linguistics from the National University of Ireland, Cork, and a Bachelor’s in communications from Elon University. Her writing and editing experience includes work for nonprofits and trade associations. While living in South Korea, she led development of an online platform for the sole English-language news magazine in the city of Gwangju.

Recent Articles

PAO Springs Forward

PAO Springs Forward

Polyalphaolefins are expensive, available from just a handful of producers and increasingly being replaced in automotiv …

Base Oils Tight in Europe, Middle East

Base Oils Tight in Europe, Middle East

Perhaps more than other regions, base oil supply in Europe and the Middle East has been severely constrained since the e …

2020 Set Records for Base Oil Volatility

2020 Set Records for Base Oil Volatility

Clashing supply-demand dynamics resulted in record price volatility in the U.S. base oil market, an industry analyst obs …

Base Oil Supply Said to Depend on Fuels

Base Oil Supply Said to Depend on Fuels

Base stock supply is likely to remain tight until demand for fuels picks up again, an industry insider told attendees of …

Packaging Automation Accelerates

Packaging Automation Accelerates

While the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lubricants industry in some unexpected ways—by motivating some …

Base Oil Report: Trends

Base Oil Report: Trends

Exports’ Wild Ride

Like most aspects of life and business in 2020, United States base oil exports took some unexpe …

Making the Match

Making the Match

A better understanding of gearbox coatings will help both lube formulators and OEMs.

As power density increases for …

Base Oil Prices Rode Rollercoaster in 2020

Base Oil Prices Rode Rollercoaster in 2020

Base oil supply in the United States has been down throughout most of 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prices h …

Lithium Loosens Its Grip on Grease

Lithium Loosens Its Grip on Grease

At the end of March, India implemented the world’s most stringent lockdown in response to the novel coronavirus pande …

Tapping into a New Test

Tapping into a New Test

A key test for evaluating the lubricity of metal removal fluids has been retired and a new one screwed into place in Ja …

Industry Anticipates Change Under Biden

Industry Anticipates Change Under Biden

With razor-thin margins of control in both the United States House and Senate, the incoming presidential administration …

U.S. Hits Lowest Base Oil Production Since Great Recession

U.S. Hits Lowest Base Oil Production Since Great Recession

Refiners in the United States produced 25.9 million barrels of base oils in the first half of 2020—10% below what the …

API Ballots Contentious Definition

API Ballots Contentious Definition

The American Petroleum Institute Lubricants Standards Group is debating an amendment to its Engine Oil Licensing and Cer …

Worries Over Fretting Wear

Worries Over Fretting Wear

The Fafnir fretting wear test, an important part of several grease performance specs, has produced unacceptable variabil …

Allison Announces New ATF Spec

Allison Announces New ATF Spec

Allison Transmission announced yesterday its newest automatic transmission fluid specification for on-highway equipment. …

Seeking New Business During a Pandemic

Seeking New Business During a Pandemic

Advice for lubricant manufacturers weathering the COVID-19 storm continues to point toward finding new sources of revenu …

Lubes Test Wastewater Plant Managers

Lubes Test Wastewater Plant Managers

Lubrication management is causing headaches at municipal wastewater treatment facilities, where increasingly stringent r …

New Grease Spec Coming to Market

New Grease Spec Coming to Market

The National Lubricating Grease Institute will publish details of its new High Performance Multiuse grease specification …