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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flagSwitzerland
0%
8%
91%
0%
12
flagItaly
9%
9%
81%
0%
22
flagNorway
0%
3%
79%
17%
29
flagthe United Arab Emirates
5%
15%
70%
10%
20
flagGermany
10%
7%
65%
14%
94
flagPoland
14%
6%
64%
13%
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flagthe United Kingdom
15%
6%
62%
14%
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flagMalaysia
18%
6%
62%
12%
16
flagthe Netherlands
22%
7%
59%
11%
27
flagFrance
5%
11%
58%
23%
17
flagSingapore
28%
7%
57%
7%
14
flagIndonesia
35%
7%
57%
0%
14
flagUnknown
20%
8%
53%
16%
323
flagPakistan
27%
6%
53%
6%
43
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
11%
50%
27%
18
flagIndia
23%
10%
48%
16%
247
flagthe United States
23%
9%
44%
20%
374
flagCanada
9%
19%
41%
25%
31
flagAustralia
29%
6%
41%
22%
31
flagthe Philippines
25%
25%
28%
21%
28

Gender

men63%
women65%
explosives production
14%
13%
oil refining
6%
6%
fertilizers production
63%
65%
synthesis of plastics
16%
14%

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