Elevator testing tower is a structure that is designed to evaluate the stress and fatigue limits of specific elevator cars in a controlled environment. Elevator test tower usually has a heigh of 100 to 140 meters high. Elevator test towers are normally located in the elevator factory or manufacturing facilities.


Elevator test tower are used to carried out elevator test to insure reliability and safety in current elevator designs and address any failures that may arise.

List of notable elevator test towers

These are some notable elevator test towers in the world:

Name Location Operator Height (meters) Note
Hitachi G1 Tower Hitachikana City, Japan Hitachi 213.5 meters The tallest elevator test tower in the world (above ground, before 2015).
Hyundai Asan Tower South Korea Hyundai Elevator Co. Ltd. 205.2 meters
Mitsubishi SOLAE Tower Inazawa City, Japan Mitsubishi Electric 173 meters
Shibayama Test Tower Shibayama, Japan Nippon Otis 154 meters
National Lift Tower (or Northampton Lighthouse) Northampton, England The Express Lift Company (formerly) 127.5 meters Formerly known as The Express Lift Tower.
Bristol Research Centre Test Tower Bristol, Connecticut, United States Otis 117 meters
Changwon Test Tower Changwon, South Korea Otis Elevator Korea/Sigma 114 meters Formerly operated by GoldStar then LG.
Cheonan Test Tower Cheonan, South Korea ThyssenKrupp Elevator Korea

147 meters

Formerly operated by Dong Yang until 2003.
Shanghai New Research Tower Shanghai, China Hitachi

172.6 meters

Opened in 2010.
Kone High-rise Laboratory Tytyri, Finland Kone
(with Toshiba)
332 meters deep
350 meters deep[1]
Opened in 1998.
The only elevator test tower built in the underground.
The limestone mine in this elevator test tower is still running.
Kunshan, Jiangsu, China Kone 235 meters[1] Opened in 2015 while its factory is opened in 2013.


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