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
flagPoland
14%
6%
64%
12%
8536
flagGermany
12%
7%
64%
14%
97
flagthe Netherlands
20%
6%
63%
10%
30
flagFrance
5%
10%
63%
21%
19
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
6%
61%
14%
275
flagMalaysia
23%
5%
58%
11%
17
flagIndonesia
35%
7%
57%
0%
14
flagPakistan
27%
6%
56%
6%
48
flagUnknown
20%
7%
54%
16%
340
flagSingapore
26%
6%
53%
13%
15
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
11%
50%
27%
18
flagIndia
24%
10%
47%
16%
270
flagthe United States
23%
9%
45%
20%
425
flagAustralia
28%
6%
43%
21%
32
flagCanada
9%
19%
41%
25%
31
flagNigeria
50%
7%
35%
7%
14
flagthe Philippines
22%
22%
32%
22%
31

Gender

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

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