HTStec's Lab Instruments Rental Trends 2012 report was published on 3 October 2012. This 53 page market report summarizes the results of HTStec's industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on lab instrument rental carried out in September 2012. Many labs are experiencing serious budgetary constraints in purchasing new lab instruments today. But owning laboratory instrumentation and the outright purchase model still remains the norm in life science research in academia, pharma and biotech today. This may all change, as organisations increasingly realize that owning expensive assets that depreciate rapidly and are costly to service may not make best business sense. Discussion and debate around alternative acquisition strategies involving instrument rental/lease has started to occur as a few vendors begin to offer/consider instrument rental. The aim of this global benchmarking study was to track to emergence of this life science trend. The objective was to understand the appetite for change and willingness to engage in investigating lab instrument rental/lease as a viable alternative to the outright purchase model. The results of this survey are intended to be used by instrument vendors/suppliers considering if they should make more instruments available for rental/lease. The report is based on 105 responses mainly from University, Pharma and Biotech research labs in North America and Europe.