New BVAA members such as Rollstud and Buxton Special Alloys were in attendance, as was returning member Score.
The BVAA's CEO, Rob Bartlett, said the number and calibre of attendees, coupled with the nature and quantity of the one-to-one sessions, is a positive sign.
BVAA Director Rob Bartlett says: "With a leadership crisis facing many engineering-led industries, we wanted to empower promising young talent in valve and actuator businesses.
And regular reunions arranged by the BVAA give them the opportunity to continue cultivating their professional network.
The BVAA has represented the British valve and actuator industry for 80 years, and has around 200 members ranging from specialist SMEs to global engineering firms.
The initial idea for the Choco L'Art exhibition was cooked up during a 2011 BVAA meeting.
Although there's no guarantee there will be chocolate labs featured in this year's exhibition, there will be plenty of free chocolate from local stores and chocolate treats made by BVAA members.
Besides offering attendees the sweet taste of chocolate, the BVAA's Choco L'Art art exhibit offers much more.
BVAA's director, Rob Bartlett commented: "The company concerned will no doubt incur huge legal bills and will have to pay a very large sum in damages.
BVAA offer a range of courses on valves, actuators, control and safety valves.
The 81-year-old great-grandmother recently turned over leadership of the BVAA to Karin D.
"She certainly has been a motivator for all of us to continue with the mission of the BVAA," said Ms.