MECHATRONICS AND AUTOMATION cluster was formally established on December 22, 2006. On 14.05.2009 the Cluster was reregistered as a legal nonprofit organization. The Cluster is one of the first Bulgarian Clusters and consists of 22 companies, research organizations and NGOs in the field of mechatronics and automation. Members are high-tech companies; scientific bodies in the field of instrument building, hardware and software; leading Bulgarian NGOs. Mechatronics (or Mechanical and Electronics Engineering) is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, control engineering, systems design engineering, hardware and software to create useful products.