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%
15%
68%
10%
19
flagCzech Republic
25%
0%
66%
8%
12
flagPoland
14%
6%
65%
12%
7403
flagGermany
12%
7%
65%
14%
83
flagthe Netherlands
20%
8%
64%
8%
25
flagMalaysia
21%
7%
64%
7%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
5%
62%
14%
245
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
flagUnknown
20%
9%
54%
14%
268
flagIndia
23%
8%
51%
14%
213
flagPakistan
25%
9%
48%
9%
31
flagthe United States
23%
10%
44%
19%
346
flagCanada
7%
22%
44%
22%
27
flagAustralia
21%
8%
43%
26%
23
flagthe Philippines
22%
27%
27%
22%
22

Gender

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

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