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
6%
12%
81%
0%
16
flagNorway
0%
3%
77%
18%
27
flagMalaysia
25%
0%
75%
0%
12
flagPoland
14%
6%
66%
12%
5778
flagGermany
12%
6%
66%
13%
74
flagFrance
7%
14%
64%
14%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
14%
7%
62%
14%
197
flagUnknown
13%
3%
62%
17%
29
flagthe Netherlands
23%
4%
61%
9%
21
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
0%
54%
27%
11
flagIndia
22%
8%
51%
14%
179
flagthe United Arab Emirates
10%
20%
50%
20%
10
flagthe United States
22%
12%
44%
19%
297
flagCanada
8%
20%
44%
24%
25
flagAustralia
21%
8%
43%
26%
23
flagPakistan
30%
11%
42%
11%
26
flagthe Philippines
22%
27%
27%
22%
22

Gender

men67%
women65%
explosives production
12%
12%
oil refining
5%
6%
fertilizers production
67%
65%
synthesis of plastics
14%
15%

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