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Wherever you find the world’s tallest buildings and structures, you will also find Alimak. Alimak understands the need for tall building contractors to constantly maximize assets and turn projects around faster at lower costs. High productivity saves time and money. Fleet owners want low cost of ownership, which is what Alimak strives to deliver.

The company has helped solve what were once considered insurmountable site logistic problems, on many of the world’s tallest buildings and structures. For example, in the mid-1960s, Alimak construction hoists were used during slip forming of the 170-meter high Kaknäs tower in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, Alimak has safely powered access on many of the tallest buildings on the planet today, including providing construction hoists with lifting heights of 450 meters for the construction of the CN-tower in Toronto, Canada. This earned Alimak a place in the record books as supplying the world´s highest construction hoists. Currently, Alimak mast climbing hoists are providing access to the highest reaches of the Abraj Al Bait Towers, in Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will stretch 601 meters when completed.

This section of the Alimak web site remembers some of the tallest structures on which construction hoists, permanent elevators and work platforms from Alimak have been installed.

Alimak Elevator at Konstantynow Radio Mast, Warsaw, Poland


Konstantynow Radio Mast

Warsaw, Poland, 646.38 m (2,120.7 ft)

The tallest Alimak rack and pinion elevator ever installed, with a 645 m lifting height. Konstantynow Radio Mast was the world´s tallest structure from 1974-1991 (destroyed), and is the second tallest land-based structure ever built.

Installed within the steel latticed mast, the Alimak elevator facilitated access to mast components, including aircraft warning lights.

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (Abraj Al-Bait)


Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (Abraj Al-Bait)

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 601 m (1,971 ft)

30 high-speed Alimak hoists with lifting heights of up to 350 m were used during construction. One permanent Hek platform remains inside the 80 m clock.

Located in front of the holy mosque, Islam’s most sacred site, the hotel holds several world records, including the world’s tallest clock tower, largest clock face and in 2012 held the record for third tallest building in the world.

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada



Toronto, Canada, 550 m (1,815 ft)

The world's highest climbing construction hoist, with a lifting height of 450 m, was used during construction of the tower.

The tower held the record for world’s tallest tower for 34 years until the completion of the Burj Khalifa. As a symbol of Canada and a favourite landmark of the Toronto city skyline, the CN- tower is listed as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World.

Taipei 101 Construction Elevators


Taipei 101

Taipei, Taiwan, 509 m (1,670 ft)

The tallest building in the world 2004–2010, utilising six dual Alimak Scando hoists with lifting heights of up to 399 m.

An icon of modern Taiwan, the tower was built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons prevalent in the region. With a platinum award in Energy and Environmental design, it is listed as the tallest and largest green building in the world.

International Commerce Centre


International Commerce Centre

Hong Kong, China, 484 m (1,588 ft)

Six Alimak high-speed construction hoists were used during construction of Hong Kong’s tallest tower, reaching lifting heights of up to 393 m.

With six Alimak hoists installed in twin configurations, the installation included two of the largest hoist cars ever installed on a single mast.



Troll A oil production platform

North Sea, Norway, 472 m (1,549 ft)

Permanent Alimak Ex elevator with a323 m lifting height. This is the world’s deepest elevator and set the Guinness World Record for largest offshore gas platform. Alimak hoists were used during its construction.

The platform was the tallest construction that has ever been moved to another location, and is among the largest and most complex engineering projects in history. In 2006 a concert was held at the base of the platform, setting a new world record for deepest underwater concert at 303 m below sea level. Guests used the Alimak elevator to descend to the platform base.

Lualualei VLF transmitter Elevators


Lualualei VLF transmitter

Lualualei, Hawaii, USA, 458 m (1,503 ft)

Two Alimak elevators with 455 m lifting height.

The transmitter uses two 458 metre antennae to transmit military communications to submerged submarines at extremely low frequencies. At the time of construction, the transmitter towers were the tallest in the Western hemisphere for sending long wave transmissions.

Petronas Twin Towers


Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 452 m (1,482 ft)

Four high-speed Alimak hoist cars were used during construction, with lifting heights of 308 m.

The towers were ranked as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and still hold the record for tallest twin buildings. A skybridge connecting the two towers is located 170 m above the ground, making it the highest 2-storey bridge in the world.

Jin Mao Tower Elevators


Jin Mao Tower

Shanghai, China, 421 m (1,381 ft)

An Alimak Scando Super twin hoist was used during construction.

Upon completion, it became the tallest structure in the PRC, and fifth tallest building in the world. The tower’s proportions revolve around the number 8, a number associated with prosperity in Chinese culture: comprised of 88 floors, the structure is built on an octagonal core, with 8 exterior steel columns.

Two International Finance Centre (2 IFC)


Two International Finance Centre (2 IFC)

Hong Kong, China, 415 m (1,362 ft)

Seven Alimak construction hoists were used on the tower, reaching 353 m lifting heights during construction.

The high-rise financial tower is attached to the original International Finance Centre, and currently stands as Hong Kong’s second tallest building.

Elevators at skyscraper in Guangzhou, China



Guangzhou, China 391 m (1,283 ft)

Two twin car Alimak hoists were used during construction, with lifting heights up to 326 meters.

The CITIC Plaza is an 80-storey, 391 m complex, and currently holds the record for the tallest concrete building in the world.



Kennecott Smokestack

Utah, USA, today: 370.4 m (1,215 ft)

Alimak chimney elevator with a 397 m lifting height was installed inside one of the tallest chimneys in the world.

The chimney stack is currently used to exhaust gases from the recovery and scrubbing operation at Kennecott Copper Smelter. It currently remains the fourth tallest smokestack in the world.

Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China


Shun Hing Square

Shenzhen, China, 384 m (1,260 ft)

Also known as Di Wang Commercial Building, the use of Alimak hoists during the construction in 1969 enabled the building to be completed at the accelerated pace of four floors every nine days.

The tower is recognised as the first building in China to be listed among the top 10 tallest structures in the world.



Gullfaks C oil production platform

North Sea, 380 m (1,247 ft)

The oil production platform Gullfaks C in the North Sea has one permanent Alimak elevator in the hull column.

One of three production platforms in the Gullfaks Oil Field, the C platform measures 380 m from the sea floor, making it taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Tuntex Sky Tower


Tuntex Sky Tower

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 348 m (1,240 ft)

Six Alimak construction hoists were used when building the 348 m skyscraper; an office and hotel building of 85 floors.

The tower was the tallest structure in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101.

Central Placa Construction elevator


Central Plaza

Hong Kong, China, 374 m (1,227 ft)

Two Alimak Scando Super twin 20/37C hoists were used during construction of the high-rise building Central Plaza.

Comprised of 74 storeys and standing at 374 m, the tower held the record of tallest reinforced concrete building in the world until it was surpassed by CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou.

Bank of China Tower Construction Elevators


Bank of China Tower

Hong Kong, China, 367 m (1,205 ft)

Alimak construction hoists were used when building the 367 metre high Bank of China Tower.

The tower was the tallest building in Asia from 1990 to 1992, and the first building outside of the United States to break the 1,000 ft. mark. While the triangular design of the building was originally criticised, the building has since become a landmark feature of the Hong Kong city skyline.

Bank of America Tower


Bank of America Tower

New York, USA, 366 m (1,200 ft)

A Champion (Alimak brand) hoist was used during construction of the US$1 billion tower, located in New York’s Manhattan district. Standing at 366 m, with 55 floors, the Bank of America Tower is the fifth tallest building in the United States and is often cited as one of the most energy efficient and ecologically friendly structures in the world.

Emirates Office Tower


Emirates Office Tower

Dubai, UAE, 355 m (1,163 ft)

Five Alimak high speed hoists were used during construction. The total man-carrying capacity per journey for the five hoist cars was 150

The Emirates office tower is a 54-storey office building that is currently listed as the 23rd tallest building in the world.

Yangtze River Crossing


Yangtze River Crossing

Jiangyin, China, 346.5 m (1,137 ft)

Two Alimak permanent elevators are installed on 345.6 m suspension towers on the Yangtze Kiang River in China. The tallest of their kind in the world, the towers stand 2.3 km apart and carry high-voltage power lines across the river.

With only a 1.5 m diameter available to fit the elevator structure, Alimak designed a customised Alimak SE 400 FC elevator car with dimensions of just 715 mm x 910 mm to fit. The elevator carries maintenance staff 330 metres to the highest level of the towers, taking just seven minutes to complete the journey.

Oklaunion power station


Oklaunion power station

Oklaunion, Texas, USA

Alimak chimney stack elevator with a 345 m lifting height was installed within the Oklaunion Power Station.

The station is responsible for distributing electricity to approximately 5 million customers in 11 states.

Viaduc de Millau


Millau Viaduct

Millau, France, 343 m (1,125 ft)

World's tallest bridge pillar. Several Alimak construction hoists were used during construction of the pillars.

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn in Southern France. At a height of 343 m, it is the tallest bridge in the world and is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.

Plomin Power Station Chimney Elevator


Plomin power station

Plomin, Croatia, 340 m (1,115 ft)

Alimak chimney stack elevator, with a 328 m lifting height.

The Plomin Power Station is responsible for producing 13% of Croatia’s electricity. Standing at 340 m, the chimney stack remains the tallest structure in Croatia.



Mountaineer power plant

New Haven, West Virginia, USA, 336.2 m (1,103 ft)

Alimak chimney stack elevator, with a 325 m lifting height.

The coal-fired power plant has one of the tallest chimneys in the world, standing at 336 m.



Maritsa Iztok II thermal power plant

Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, 324.6 m (1,065 ft)

Permanent Alimak chimney stack elevator, with a 315 m lifting height.

One of three power plants comprising the Marista Iztok Complex in central Bulgaria, this is the largest energy complex in South Eastern Europe. Completed in 1966, the No. II power plant generates 30% of Bulgaria’s electricity.

Construction hoists at the Eiffel Tower, Paris


The Eiffel Tower

Paris, France, 324 m (1,063 ft)

In 1983, restoration began on the classic monument, with Alimak suggesting a unique solution for vertical access.

In order to remove thousands of tons of iron, and reinforce the tower’s limbs, an independent means of transport was necessary to separate materials and passengers. Alimak installed two hoists on the tower, one for each task, allowing the monument to remain open to the public during refurbishment works.

In the 1990s it was time for further renovations, and more assistance from Alimak.

Nina Towers Hong Kong


Nina Tower

Hong Kong, 318.8 m (1,046 ft)

Throughout construction of the main Nina Tower, the contractor was relying on two high-speed dual Alimak Scando Super FC passenger/material hoists for speedy movement of people and materials on the tower.

Originally, the tower was designed to be the tallest building in the world at 518 m, however, its close proximity to the Chek Lap Kok Airport saw the height restricted to the current 318 m.

Burj Al Arab


Burj Al Arab

Dubai, UAE, 321 m (1,053 ft)

Alimak hoists and Hek mast climbing work platforms were used during construction.

Standing at 321 m, with 60 floors, the Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and is often considered to be the only 7-star hotel in existence. The structure was designed to mimic the sail of a ship, and has since become a symbolic statement for Dubai’s power and wealth.

HHR Tower


HHHR Tower

Dubai, UAE, 317 m (1,042 ft)

Alimak construction hoists were used on this 72-floor skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

The HHHR Tower, also known as the Blue Tower, is the fourth tallest residential building in the world, with 454 residential apartments.

Ocean Heights 1, Dubai, UAE


Ocean Heights 1

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 310 m (1,017 ft)

Four high-speed Alimak Scando 650 FC-S hoists  provided quick and easy access during construction of this skyscraper in the Dubai Marina.

Standing at 310 m, the 83 floor building is currently the fifth tallest residential building in the world.

The Shard, London, Elevators


The Shard

London, UK, 309.6 m (1,016 ft)

Extra-large, dual car Alimak hoists were used during construction of the tallest building in the European Union.

The 87-storey skyscraper uses sophisticated glazing and more than 11,000 angled glass panels to reflect sunlight, creating the illusion that the building’s façade changes with the seasons.

Menara Telekom


Menara Telekom

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 310 m (1,017 ft)

Two high speed Alimak hoists were used during construction of this 55-floor building.

Shaped to represent a sprouting bamboo shoot, the tower includes 22 open skygardens, alternating every three floors.

Emirates Office Tower


Emirates Hotel Tower

Dubai, UAE, 309 m (1,014 ft)

Five Alimak high-speed hoists were used during construction. The total man-carrying capacity per journey for the five hoist cars was 150.

As the sister tower to the Emirates Office Tower, the Hotel Tower is the smaller of the two, standing at 309 m. It ranks at the 48th tallest building in the world and the third tallest hotel building.



Cayan Tower (Infinity Tower)

Dubai, UAE, 306 m (1,004 ft)

Alimak construction hoists were used on this skyscraper, which has become the world's tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90 degrees. The Cayan Tower was designed by the same group as Burj Khalifa, also in Dubai.

Each of the tower’s 80 floors was rotated by 1.2˚ to achieve the full 90˚ spiral, creating the iconic shape of a helix.

Baiyoke Tower II


Baiyoke Tower II

Bangkok, Thailand, 304 m (997 ft)

Alimak hoists were used during construction of the fourth tallest hotel-structure in the world.

The 85 storey building stands at 304 m and contains more than 670 guest rooms.

Kingdom Centre


Kingdom Centre

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 302 m (992 ft)

Alimak hoists were used during construction of this 99-storey skyscraper in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom Centre is the third tallest building in the world with a hole through the structure. A 56 m skybridge sits atop, connecting each prong of the tower.

Wells Fargo Plaza


Wells Fargo Plaza

Houston, USA, 302 m (990 ft)

Alimak construction hoists were used during construction of the 302 m office tower. Comprised of 71 floors, with four extending below street level, the Wells Fargo Plaza is the tallest all-glass building in the western hemisphere.




Q1 Tower

Gold Coast, Australia, 322 m (1,056 ft)

An Alimak Super Scando hoist and Hek MCM platform were used during construction of the Q1 Tower on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

At 322 m, with 80 levels, it is the tallest self-supported structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and the third tallest all-residential tower in world.


Troll A: Photo by Swinsto101 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
Kennecott Smokestack: Photo by Liji Jinaraj from Kochi, India [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Gullfaks C: Photo by JanChr (Flickr: Gullfaks Alpha) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Bank of America Tower: Photo by Eric R. Bechtold. Cacv12000 at en.wikipedia [GFDL]
Maritsa Iztok II: Photo by Gonzosft (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
HHHR Tower: Photo by Imre Solt [GFDL]
Menara Telkom: Photo by See Hoy Kim at en.wikipedia [GFDL]
Cayan Tower: Photo by ITP Publishing Group
Kingdom Centre: Photo by King Eliot (Own work) [GFDL]
Q1 Tower: Photo by Syed Abdul Khaliq [CC-BY-2.0]


World’s tallest buildings and structures trust Alimak rack and pinion elevators, construction hoists and mast climbers

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