Over the years, Astri has collaborated with some of the major technology companies based in Hong Kong. It has also helped them in the research stage of the development of new products. One of the companies Astri has collaborated with is Advanced Materials Enterprises Company (AME). The company specialises in the development of heating products. In one of the collaborations between Astri and AME in the area of bio-medical electronics, Astri provided technical support to AME in the development of medical appliances, such as stand warmer, surgical-table warmer and curve warmer, by employing NanoHeat technology, a high-performance heating technology developed by AME. AME has also developed a series of commercial products including a hotplate, toaster, towel rack and hot water heater. Another Hong Kong-based technology firm, VTech Holdings, praised Astri on its 10th anniversary. VTech is one of the world's largest suppliers of corded and cordless telephones and electronic learning products. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services. A spokesperson for VTech says: 'We wish to congratulate Astri on its 10th anniversary. 'We are very pleased to see Astri continuing to achieve its goals of research and development [R&D] excellence and the transfer of useful applied technologies to Hong Kong industry. Astri is something Hong Kong people can be truly proud of, and we wish it every success in the coming decade.' Another Hong Kong-based technology company, Solomon Systech (International), says that Astri trains and brings in R&D professionals for various technology areas and speeds up technological know-how in the region. Solomon is a leading semiconductor company providing display integrated circuits and system solutions on an international basis under its own global brand. A spokeswoman for Solomon says that Astri also works with local industries to develop new technology which can increase the competitiveness of industries. 'Ten years is not a long time for a regional R&D centre. The technical output of Astri is remarkable,' the spokeswoman says. 'If the [Hong Kong] government can give more support in helping the region to develop a clear hi-tech policy and facilitate a hi-tech environment for Hong Kong, the success of Astri can be more notable.' Eric Lam, partner at Marks & Clerk, an international law firm specialising in patent application, says: 'We helped Astri file patent applications in the United States. It's very challenging, very hi-tech, brilliant. 'A patent application process can take two to three years and requires numerous documents. Astri submits all the requirements at one go so it makes our job easier.'