What is the main industrial use of sulfuric acid and nitric acid?

explosives production
oil refining
fertilizers production
synthesis of plastics
World pro­duc­tion of sulfuric acid in 2004 was about 180 million tonnes. About 60% of this amount is consumed for fer­til­iz­er­s, par­tic­u­lar­ly su­per­phos­phates, ammonium phos­phate and ammonium sul­fates. Sim­i­lar­i­ly, 75–80% of the 26M tons of nitric acid produced annually is used to produce ammonium nitrate fer­til­iz­er.

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explosives production
oil refining
fertilizers production
synthesis of plastics
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flagItaly
5%
10%
84%
0%
19
flagNorway
0%
3%
77%
18%
27
flagMalaysia
25%
0%
75%
0%
12
flagthe United Arab Emirates
6%
12%
68%
12%
16
flagPoland
14%
6%
66%
12%
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flagGermany
12%
6%
66%
13%
74
flagUnknown
16%
2%
65%
13%
43
flagFrance
7%
14%
64%
14%
14
flagthe Netherlands
22%
4%
63%
9%
22
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
6%
62%
14%
207
flagCzech Republic
30%
0%
60%
10%
10
flagIndonesia
35%
7%
57%
0%
14
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
0%
54%
27%
11
flagIndia
22%
9%
52%
14%
188
flagthe United States
22%
11%
44%
19%
318
flagCanada
8%
20%
44%
24%
25
flagAustralia
21%
8%
43%
26%
23
flagPakistan
28%
10%
42%
10%
28
flagthe Philippines
22%
27%
27%
22%
22

Gender

men67%
women66%
explosives production
12%
12%
oil refining
5%
6%
fertilizers production
67%
66%
synthesis of plastics
14%
14%

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