World’s tallest* elevator test towers

Otis (China) – Source: amp.insider.com

The following list identifies the tallest elevator test towers in the world by their height (in feet) above ground. As is noted with an asterisk (*), there is also one major elevator testing site that utilizes a former mine beneath the Earth for testing in Finland.

As can be seen from the list, the vas majority of these test towers are located in Asia and their height has been steadily increasing over the years. As always, any additional, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome.

TOWER (YEAR) CITY/NATION OWNER HEIGHT*

  1. H1 Tower (2020) – Guangzhou, China: Hitachi = 897 feet

Hitachi H1 – Source: photos.prnasia.com

2. Otis Test Tower (2018) – Shanghai, China: Otis Worldwide = 886 feet

(see photo at the top of the post)

3. Canny Test Tower (2016) – Jiangsu, China: Canny Elevator = 879 feet – also has a 66 foot underground section (not included in the height)


Source: canny-elevator.com

4. TK Test Tower (2018) – Zhongshan, China: ThyssenKrupp = 813 feet


TK (China) – Source: architect.com

5. TK Innovation Test Tower (2017) – Rottweil, Germany: ThyssenKrupp = 807 feet


TK (Rottweil) – Source: treehugger.com

6. Kone Test Tower (2015) – Kunshan, Jiangsu, China: Kone = 771 feet


Kone (China) – Source: news.cision.com

7. G1 Tower (2010) – Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan: Hitachi = 699 feet

8. Asan Tower (2009) – Icheon, South Korea: Hyundai = 673 feet


Hyundai (Incheon) Source: see text above

9. Schindler Test Tower (2017) – Shanghai, China: Schindler Elevator = 656 feet


Schindler (China) – Source: schindler.com

10. Solae Tower (2007) – Inawaza City, Japan: Mitsubishi Electric = 568 feet

11. Fujitec Test Tower – Hikone, Japan: Fujitec = 560 feet – added 4/17/20

Fujitec – Source: xkg.com.cn

12. Otis Test Tower (1998) – Shibayama, Japan: Otis Worldwide = 518 feet


Otis (Japan) – Source: mapio.net

13. TK Test Tower (pre-2003) – Cheonan, South Korea: ThyssenKrupp = 482 feet – originally built by Dong Yang Group

14. TK Innovation Complex (uc) – Atlanta, GA, USA: ThyssenKrupp = 420 feet


TK (Atlanta) – Source: atlantacurbed.com

15. National Lift Tower (1982) – Northampton, UK: Express Lift = 418 feet


National Lift (UK) – Source: flickr.com

16. Canny Test Tower (2015) – Chengdu, China: Canny Elevator = 394 feet


Canny Test Towers (Wujiang, Chengdu, and Zhongshan- Source:canny-elevator.com

17. Research Centre Test Tower (1987) – Bristol, CT, USA: Otis Worldwide = 384 feet


Otis (Bristol) – Source: twitter.com

18. Otis Test Tower (1989) – Changwon, South Korea: Otis Worldwide = 374 feet – originally built by GoldStar

19. 108 High Test Tower (2003) – Singapore, Singapore: VOLKSLiFT = 354 feet


108High Test Tower – Source: volkslift.de

20. – tie Canny Test Tower (2015) – Zhongshan, China: Canny Elevator = 328 feet (see photo under #16)

  • Kleemann Test Tower (post-2011)- Kunshan, China: Kleemann Elevator = 328 feet –  added 4/17/20

Kleemann China (left) – Source: kleemannlifts.com

22. Canny Test Tower (2003/2009) – Wujiang, China: Canny Elevators = 312 feet (see photo under #16)

23. Hitachi Test Tower (1967) – Hitachinaka, Japan: Hitachi = 295 feet


Hitachi (1967) – Source: hitachi.com

24. Kiang Fah Test Tower (2017) – Chonburi, Thailand: Mitsubishi Electric = 224 feet


Kiang Fah – Source: se.mitsubishielectric.som

25. Schindler Test Tower (1992) – Seville, Spain: Schindler Elevator = 213 feet – originally built for the World’s Fair – also used as an observation tower


Schindler (Seville) – Source: wikimapia.com

26. Kleemann Test Tower – Kilkis, Greece: Kleemann Elevator = 200 feet (2010) – added 4/17/20

Source: kleemanlifts.com

27. ‘former’ Kone Test Tower – Moline, IL, USA: Kone = 180 feet – sold in 2017 to a church


former Kone (Moline) – Source: reddit.com

28. Otis Test Tower – Florence, SC, USA: Otis Worldwide = 152 feet (2013)


Otis (Florence) – Source: youtube.com

Heights unknown:

  • Schindler Test Tower – Lucerne, Switzerland: Schindler Elevator

Schindler (Lucerne) – Source: wikimedia.commons.org

  • Schindler Test Tower – Randolph, NJ, USA : Schindler Elevator

Schindler (Randolph) – Source: flickr.com

  • Maspero Elevatori Test Tower – Appian Gentile, Como, Italy (1993) – added 4/17/20

Maspero – businessgateways.com

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* Kone Test Lab (1998) – Tytyri, Finland: Kone = 1,148 feet deep – underground in former mine

(uc) – under construction

SOURCES:

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