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%
79%
17%
29
flagthe United Arab Emirates
5%
15%
70%
10%
20
flagMalaysia
20%
6%
66%
6%
15
flagCzech Republic
25%
0%
66%
8%
12
flagPoland
14%
6%
64%
12%
7818
flagGermany
11%
6%
64%
16%
87
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
5%
62%
14%
258
flagthe Netherlands
19%
7%
61%
11%
26
flagFrance
5%
11%
58%
23%
17
flagIndonesia
35%
7%
57%
0%
14
flagUnknown
20%
8%
54%
15%
303
flagSingapore
30%
7%
53%
7%
13
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
5%
52%
29%
17
flagPakistan
28%
7%
51%
7%
39
flagIndia
24%
8%
49%
15%
229
flagthe United States
24%
10%
44%
19%
352
flagCanada
10%
20%
44%
20%
29
flagAustralia
25%
7%
40%
25%
27
flagthe Philippines
25%
29%
25%
20%
24

Gender

men63%
women65%
explosives production
14%
13%
oil refining
6%
6%
fertilizers production
63%
65%
synthesis of plastics
15%
14%

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