Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1987 (Revised February 2000)

Polysar Limited

by Robert L. Simons


Canada's largest chemical company produces and markets butyl rubber in two divisions, each treated as a profit center. The new plant in the North American Division operates below capacity resulting in a significant volume variance and an operating loss. The European Division is at capacity and is profitable. The actions of the European Division affect the capacity utilization of the North American Division. Includes divisional financial statements and interviews with the vice-presidents of each division.

Keywords: Loss; Profit; Financial Management; Volume; Performance Capacity; Financial Statements; For-Profit Firms; Market Participation; Chemical Industry; Rubber Industry; Canada;


Simons, Robert L. "Polysar Limited." Harvard Business School Case 187-098, February 1987. (Revised February 2000.)