MiTek is a diversified global supplier of building products, collaborative software, engineering services and manufacturing equipment to the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors. MiTek Industries’ passion for its associates’ well-being and its customers’ success, is the company’s hallmark. Founded in 1955 and a Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents.
Together with our customers, suppliers, trade partners
and associates, we seek to pursue our vision: Living
and working in celebration; our vision is for MiTek to
be in every structure worldwide.
MiTek is the industry leader in every market we
serve worldwide – providing collaborative software,
innovative connector products, off-site manufacturing
and quality services for a better way to build.
We aim to deliver unrivalled software, products and
services to our customers, giving them a recognised
competitive advantage. Our customers’ success
drives our success.
What we do: We serve our customers (and the
industry) by helping you to continually streamline
your business workflow and optimise your structural
How we do it: We do that by applying our industryleading
software, off-site manufacturing equipment,
innovative structural connections, expertise and
experience to help you solve problems and reduce
unnecessary materials, waste, time and labour.
What sets us apart: Relationships. We live out our
genuine, core passion for serving our customers; and
we build trust as a partner on your journey, through
our uncompromising commitment to helping you
succeed – immediately, and in the long run.
Is your roof too large to be built with pre-fabricated
timber roof trusses? Do you want to supply low cost
roofs or simply prefer non-combustible roof structures?
Whatever your needs, MiTek’s Ultra-Span has got you
Ultra-Span is a light gauge steel roof truss system that
is both lightweight and compact for easy handling
and economical transportation. The low mass per
square metre of this roofing system ensures savings on
the supporting structure as well as on transportation
and erection costs, whilst also being vermin-proof and
non-combustible. Engineered designs are calculated
using MiTek’s state-of-the-art 20/20 software that
provides economical roofing solutions.
Light gauge steel offers a wide range of benefits
when compared with conventional construction
using other framing materials. There are advantages
in terms of quality, cost, durability and speed of
construction. Reduced wastage, lower logistical costs
and earlier occupation offer cost savings, compared
with conventional building methods.
Large sections, or an entire roof, can simply be
preassembled on the ground and hoisted into position
onto a building’s walls – making this one of the most
viable systems, with a large range of applications up to
a clear span of 40m. Supported through a substantial
network of licensed truss suppliers,
Ultra-Span is equally ideal for all local and export
applications where it can be pre-assembled or site
Our business objective for Ultra-Span is to rapidly
expand the specification, usage and sales of our
current and emerging Ultra-Span solution in all of
our key markets around the African continent. The
common market segments that present the greatest
opportunities for this expansion are low-cost housing
projects, light industrial and large-span structures. We
have experienced a lot of new interest in Ultra-Span
from throughout the African continent over the past
few years, and we continue to grow our presence in
One of the most recent industry trends is to combine
Ultra-Span light gauge steel with hot-rolled steel
supporting structures. This opens up a new world of
opportunities in terms of exceeding some limitations
in span and other project challenges encountered.
Advantages of Ultra-Span®
• Elegant simple system, with all members straight
and true for a level roof.
• Span capability from small low-cost to large 40m
clear span commercial structures.
• Ultra-Span trusses can be supplied in “kit-form”
(low-cost housing or other remote projects).
• Longevity of product due to galvanized coating,
plus inherent properties of non-combustibility,
resistance to borer and fungus attack.
• Lower weight reduces transportation costs and
improvement in handling and erection.
• Ease of truss manufacture with screws and electric
fixing tools directly on site or in factory conditions.
• Ultra-Span® is backed by a professional engineering
and estimating department. Engineered designs
are calculated using
state-of-the-art in-house developed software and
provide economical roofing solutions.
MiTek was also the SAISC Steel Awards 2019 Light
Steel Frame Building Category sponsor with three
projects from fabricators in Johannesburg, Cape
Town and Durban entered into the annual SAISC Steel
Awards during October 2019. These entries will be in
contention for the highly coveted Light Steel Frame
Building category, which MiTek licensed fabricators
won with Ultra-Span projects in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
When it comes to large span structures, MiTek has
proven time and again that its Ultra-Span light gauge
steel roofing system is very much the product of
choice and has been widely and successfully used
on various commercial projects. It is, however, often
believed that light gauge steel structures cannot really
compete with timber nail-plated roof trusses on the
low-cost market, but quite the opposite is often true. In
fact, light gauge steel structures at the lower roof pitch
of 17.5 degrees for tiles is usually more cost-effective
due to the greater strength of steel versus timber, and
all the sundry materials are supplied in exact lengths,
leaving no wastage.
The roof trusses can also be supplied in kit form with
all components in exact required lengths requiring
only on-site assembly, or they can be supplied in
pre-assembled form. Again, the savings here comes
from larger truss spacings (1.1 – 1.2m centres) than
the timber trusses, which in turn means more roofs
transported on the same delivery, as well as quicker
roof erection due to fewer trusses that are much
lighter in weight than their timber equivalents.
A further site advantage, especially on large lowcost
housing sites, is the inherent resistance of light
gauge steel to warping in poor weather conditions.
The materials are also non-combustible and as such
are not used for other purposes.