Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Company has started operations at what it says is the tallest elevator testing tower in the world.

At 173m tall, the JPY5bn SOLAE can be viewed towering above the Inazawa Works in Japan from the Shinkansen bullet train and neighbouring areas.

The building uses 440m² of testing space to trial the company’s high-speed and high-capacity elevators.

A new three-level showroom is also attached, focussing on escalators and building management systems.

The company has six other testing towers at Inazawa – the previous tallest was 65m high.

Mitsubishi Electric CEO and president Setsuhiro Shimomura says the new facility has come about due to shifts in the building market, which is increasingly looking to the sky for new developments.

“With the recent increase of higher buildings in countries around the world…there is an increasing demand for a more high-speed and high-capacity elevator”.

By Penny Jones