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
9%
9%
81%
0%
22
flagNorway
0%
3%
77%
18%
27
flagthe United Arab Emirates
5%
11%
72%
11%
18
flagCzech Republic
25%
0%
66%
8%
12
flagPoland
14%
6%
65%
12%
6850
flagGermany
12%
6%
65%
14%
78
flagthe Netherlands
20%
8%
64%
8%
25
flagMalaysia
21%
7%
64%
7%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
5%
62%
14%
234
flagFrance
6%
12%
62%
18%
16
flagRepublic of Ireland
13%
0%
60%
26%
15
flagSingapore
25%
8%
58%
8%
12
flagIndonesia
35%
7%
57%
0%
14
flagIndia
21%
8%
53%
14%
203
flagUnknown
22%
9%
49%
16%
154
flagPakistan
26%
10%
46%
10%
30
flagthe United States
23%
10%
44%
20%
342
flagCanada
7%
22%
44%
22%
27
flagAustralia
21%
8%
43%
26%
23
flagthe Philippines
22%
27%
27%
22%
22

Gender

men64%
women65%
explosives production
13%
12%
oil refining
6%
6%
fertilizers production
64%
65%
synthesis of plastics
15%
14%

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