MITEK Asia Sdn Bhd expects sales of its Matrix metal-wood roof truss system, targeted at middle-and high-cost houses and institutional buildings, to be good.
According to its general manager Gan Poh Thuan, the Matrix is the first of its kind in the world and has been well accepted in many developed countries, including Australia and New Zealand.
He described Matrix as a marriage of building materials which optimised the benefits of steel and timber.
Our new roof truss system offers advantages over the traditional all-timber system, such as lighter weight, better resistance against termites, and easier site installation, Gan told StarBiz in an interview in Port Klang.
The Matrix web members are made from high-tensile steel tubing to provide a very strong and light-weight roof truss when used in combination with timber beams.
The treated timber used is either the natural durable type or imported pines, enabling our licensed fabricators to give 25-year serviceability warranty, Gan said, adding that MiTek Asia had more than 20 licensed fabricators around the country to promote the innovative roof truss system.
The webs and screws are galvanised and offer the same kind of corrosion protection as the Gang-Nail plate, the companys other major product.
Our fabricators are also provided with our software to enable them to design roof designs to meet our specifications, he said.
Gan also said the Matrix roof truss had been tested by SIRIM QAS Sdn Bhd and met the Australian Standard Code AS1720.1-1998 SAA Timber Structures Code - Part 1- Design Methods.
He said the company would in April launch its Ultra-Span full-metal roof truss system, targeted at institutional and commercial buildings, and factories that would require wider roof span.
We are expecting the RM1.5mil fully computerised production equipment to arrive in February, he said.
MiTek Asia will also be going on a roadshow to promote the Matrix truss system in Kuala Lumpur (on Feb 18), Penang (Feb 21), Kuala Terengganu (Feb 24) and Johor Baru (Feb 27).
MiTek Asia was formerly known as Gang-Nail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.