The downsizing will strictly comply with all the conditions set by the labour laws of the Russian Federation, and the position of the company`s trade union organisation will be taken into account. In addition, workers have the opportunity to take vocational training or training in another discipline at the expense of the EPM-ChEP JSC and to obtain compensation for the costs of secondary, primary and secondary education currently attended, from the first higher education in 2019-2020. Nearly a quarter of the plant`s employees are transferred to the Chelyabinsk company of the EPM group – Doncarb Graphite (`DCG`). In addition, all laid-off workers will be offered jobs in factories in other EPM group operating sectors. Anodes are used to make aluminum with modern high-tech reduction pots and are used to power the electrolyte. The main buyers of anodes manufactured by EPM-ChEP JSC are the companies of UC RUSAL. The decision to suspend EPM-ChEP operations is related to the extremely unfavourable conditions in the global market for carbon and graphite products, particularly the anode blocks, which are the main products of the facility. In less than a year, the cost of EPM-ChEP anodes has fallen by more than 30%, rendering the company unprofitable and rendering production unprofitable. This is the result of consumer procurement policy, which is based mainly on prices reserved by Chinese producers who actively dump. Chelyabinsk September 27, 2019 As of October 1, 2019, the EPM-Chelyabinsk electrode unit (`EPM-ChEP`, a member of the EPM group) will stop producing anodes. EPM-ChEP`s energy, transportation, IT infrastructure, production laboratory, firefighters and medical services were transferred to the DCG management. The process of shutting down operations began at the end of September and will last until the end of 2019. Notifications were forwarded to EPM-ChEP contractors and customers, and contract conditions were adjusted for the production suspension plan.