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Dover Chemical Company produces three products: et...




Dover Chemical Company produces three products: ethylene, butane, and eater. Each of these products has high demand in the market, and Dover Chemical is able to sell as much as it can produce of all three. The reaction operation is a bottleneck in the process and is running at 100% of capacity. Dover wants to improve chemical operation profitability. The variable conversion cost is $ 8 per process hour. The fixed cost is $ 550,000. In addition, the cost analyst was able to determine the following information about the three products: 1. 2. 3. Budgeted units produced Total process hours per unit Reactor hours per unit Unit selling price Ethylene 9,000 3 0.75 $ 165 Butane 9,000 3 0.5 $ 132 Ester 9,000 2 1.0 $ 128 Direct materials cost per unit The reaction operation is part of the total process for each of these three products. Thus, for example, 1.0 of the 3 hours required to process ethylene is associated with the reactor. INSTRUCTIONS $ 117 Determine the unit contribution margin for each product. Provide an analysis to determine the relative product profitabilities, assuming that the reactor is a bottleneck. Assume that management wishes to improve profitability by increasing prices on selected products. At what price would ethylene and ester need to be offered in order to produce the same relative profitability as butane?


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